An infamous couple who fought to the death in one of pop culture’s most notorious franchises have been reunited for what may be the last time.
Disney+ has released the final episode of its six-part miniseries Obi Wan Kenobi Wednesday — and the show’s namesake found himself face-to-face with his former Padawan, 10 years after the Jedi Knight’s harrowing turn to the dark side.
“Returning to this character was a surreal experience,” said Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, who reprized his role as Anakin Skywalker-turned-Darth Vader in the Star Wars series.
The series follows Obi-Wan as he sets out to rescue Princess Leia who, at age 10, has been kidnapped, setting off a chain of events that leads to a confrontation with Darth Vader.
The last time Christensen donned his Darth Vader costume was 17 years ago, so in star wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, after Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor in the movie and the new series, left him for dead and he was rescued by the Emperor, a cryotank, and lots of new gear.
But the fight that preceded that remains a pivotal moment in Star Wars canon, haunting both characters in the latest installment.
Canadian director Deborah Chow said it was important to her to bring two intensely connected characters together, especially in a series so tied to the events of the previous films.
“I was very convinced it should be Hayden,” said Chow, who first pitched the idea to him in Toronto a few years ago.
Christensen said he didn’t expect him to return to the role, but he didn’t hesitate to take it on when Chow called him.
“It was a very easy decision,” he told TAUT News, as he wanted to explore Vader’s evolution.
Another part of the draw? Working with McGregor again after nearly two decades, as the two actors had become close while filming previous films.
“The whole experience had a lot of nostalgia,” Christensen said. “Swinging a lightsaber together brought back a lot of old memories.”
The actor receives racist comments
But there were some nefarious moments after the series premiered, too.
Several weeks ago, black actor Moses Ingram, who plays Imperial Inquisitor Reva Sevander, posted a series of stories on Instagram saying she had received racist comments after the show first aired.
“There’s nothing anyone can do to stop this hate,” she said in the video.
She also thanked those who came to support her.
“We were all a little queasy about it,” said Chow, who said the franchise is publicly supporting Ingram.
“We love him as a person and as an actor.”
10-year scenario gap
As Obi Wan Kenobi resumes a decade after the Revenge of the Sith and fills a gap in the Star Wars timeline, making the episodes presented a welcome challenge for Chow.
“We have these huge iconic legacy characters and we’re between trilogies, so there was a huge responsibility in there,” she said.
Chow said there are currently no plans for a second season.