OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Hayden Christensen Reveals How STAR WARS REBELS Inspired That Big Finale Moment

Talking about Darth Vader's duel with his former Master in Obi-Wan Kenobi's finale, actor Hayden Christensen reveals how Star Wars Rebels was key in helping him prepare for his biggest moment in the show.

Obi-Wan Kenobi's finale premiered on Disney+ this past Wednesday, and to mark the occasion, director Deborah Chow and star Hayden Christensen attended a special Q&A event in Toronto, Canada. Collider was on hand, and got to ask the actor about the epic final lightsaber battle between Darth Vader and his former Master. 

The fight culminated with Obi-Wan defeating Vader, and with the Sith Lord partially unmasked, the two old friends shared an emotional exchange which saw the Jedi realise just how far his friend had fallen thanks to the Dark Side's influence. Hailed as one of the best showdowns in the franchise's history, the whole thing has resonated with fans in a big way.

Talking about unmasking Vader, Christensen said, "It was a very emotional scene to shoot, and obviously a very important one. It was something that I think everyone was very aware of just, like, stepping out on set that day. There was a very different feeling. For both Ewan and I, it was a rather emotional experience, and I think that comes across onscreen."

While the site didn't share specific quotes, their report mentions hearing more from the actor about the moment Vader's helmet is broken open and how it parallels a similar exchange between the villain and Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels. Apparently, Christensen watched the scene "several times" to prepare, though this isn't the first time he's credited those animated TV shows. 

Both Rebels and The Clone Wars were seemingly key to tapping into Anakin again, and this may go some way towards explaining why the two scenes did end up feeling so similar. The symmetry hasn't been lost on fans, as Ahsoka destroyed the right-hand side of Vader's helmet, while Obi-Wan broke the left.

However, only Luke Skywalker was able to get his father to finally remove his mask and become Anakin again.

What did you guys think of Obi-Wan Kenobi's big final battle?

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