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Obi-Wan Wasn’t Originally Going to Die in ‘Star Wars’

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Obi-Wan Wasn’t Originally Going to Die in ‘Star Wars’

It turns out that one of the defining moments for Luke Skywalker, and the entire “Star Wars” saga, wasn’t originally going to take place: In a 1976 draft of the film’s script, Obi-Wan Kenobi survived his confrontation with Darth Vader.

That’s the shocker revealed this week by franchise veteran Peter Mayhew, who’s been tweeting a few pages each day from that script since February.

In this version, Obi-Wan deflects Vader’s lighstaber blow and cuts the safety lock on the blast door, which slams shut between the two, leaving the Jedi in the hangar bay to face oncoming Stormtroopers. With lightsaber in hand, Luke runs from the Millennium Falcon to help his mentor fend off the Imperial soldiers before the two make an escape with their friends.

Of course, George Lucas decided to change that scene, and others that came after it. But it’s interesting to imagine how much different the entire “Star Wars” series might’ve been if he hadn’t.

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