Star Wars Story Explains Why Obi-Wan Refuses To Call Vader Anakin In A New Hope

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - October 12, 2017

It took time for Star Wars fans to fully realize the relationship Darth Vader and Obi-Wan truly had when the original film first released in 1977. Three years after A New Hope’s debut, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back revealed Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) true parentage and Vader’s origin as Anakin Skywalker was further elaborated in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Fans watching the Star Wars movies in the order of its release might have been confused as to why Obi-Wan used to talk about his former padawan simply as Darth Vader and not Anakin, however, a chapter in Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View explains why the old Jedi refused to use the name of his partner and friend.

From A Certain Point of View contains forty different stories taken from the perspective of a variety of characters in A New Hope that helps fill the gaps in the film’s narrative, and one of these stories includes a chapter dealing with Kenobi’s grief over Anakin’s transformation into Vader.

The short story (via Comicbook)takes fans a few moments after Kenobi’s death, where the Jedi reflects his confrontation with Vader. Kenobi had become too emotional thinking about addressing Vader by Anakin’s name, he just couldn’t bear to do it while facing his former apprentice.

The Sith Lord was far too different from Anakin, embodying ideals so far from what the Padawan had before the transformation.

While some would take the story as another way to fill a plot hole in the franchise, the chapter does confirm what fans have speculated for so long – Kenobi couldn’t call Vader by Anakin’s name because of grief.

Kenobi is getting his own spinoff film from Lucasfilm but the project doesn’t have a release date as of yet.

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