“You can’t win, Darth. If You strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Those were the fateful last words of Obi Wan Kenobi before he was reduced to a pile of robes at the hands of Darth Vader. Star Wars fans have come to accept Obi Wan’s fate as an integral part of the Star Wars mythos. Obi Wan is killed by Vader in front of Luke Skywalker, Leia and Han Solo, seemingly by accepting the lightsaber across his torso, but then would transcend and become a Force Ghost, who would go on to guide Luke during his Death Star run and party with Jedi Luke after he kills his father.
Now Peter Mayhew, who has played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy in addition to Episode 7, has dropped a pretty cool nugget of information – it turns out Obi Wan wasn’t killed off in the original script.
The script details Obi Wan’s escape from the Death Star that closed the second act of A New Hope (h/t The Wrap for the transcription):
“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.”
Imagine Obi Wan continuing his adventures with Luke, Han and Leia. The movies would’ve been completely different. It’s sad. Things didn’t have to end this way (but they kind of did):