Obi-Wan Kenobi's Fate Was Completely Different In The Original Script For 'Star Wars: A New Hope'
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WARNING: If you're yet to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens then this article may contain a spoiler you won't like. Also, it's been like four months, what have you been doing?
If anything is to match the sadness of Han Solo's death, it's Obi-Wan Kenobi's passing.
Now, given that he goes on to become a masterful spirit which helps Luke Skywalker become a great Jedi, it's not too sad. But before we learn about that it is quite crushing.
However, in the original script for Star Wars: A New Hope Obi-Wan's fate was completely different.
Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in five Star Wars films, tweeted an alternative draft of the script, which shows Kenobi surviving his battle with Darth Vader.
"Vader takes advantage of Ben's momentary distraction and brings his mighty Laser down on the old man. But Ben manages to deflect the blow, swiftly turning around, cutting a safety lock on the blast door.
Vader is standing in the access tunnel, while Ben is in the huge hangar and the heavy blast door slams down between them, trapping Vader in the tunnel.
Ben instantly turns toward the troops. They stop in their tracks and start to raise their weapons. Before they can fire a shot, a laserbolt explodes in the middle of them, creating havoc. The troops turn around to see Luke and Han firing at them from the ramp of the starship.
Ben charges into the troops, cutting them down as he goes. Luke is forced to stop firing and runs to the old man's aid. Several of the troops flee in panic, but the two that remain fire their laser pistols point blank at the old man. Ben deflects the bolt, but it explodes near him, knocking him to the floor. Luke cuts down the remaining troops and rushes to the old Jedi's side.
Luke struggles to help the old man to the ship under the constant fire of the Imperial troops. Luke fires back whenever possible and manages to keep the troops at bay. The princess takes careful aim and hits the safety lock on the blast door, causing it to slam shut, leaving only three troops left in the hangar," the script reads.
Would this have been better? Personally, I prefer it the way it happens in the film.
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