Darth Vader, the Force & the Kenobi Series

Darth Vader, the Force & the Kenobi Series | Anakin and His Angel(Darth Vader Poncho by Musterband)

In this post, I will touch on a rumor pertaining to the Kenobi series which has had production delays but will eventually be coming to Disney+. If you don't want to know about this rumor, please skip this one. While I don't typically report on rumors, I do have a theory that I think would parallel nicely to other moments in the stories of Star Wars and I couldn't help but share it with you all.

Again, this post contains my thoughts and THEORY about a RUMOR that has not been officially announced.

In Return of the Jedi, before Han and his crew make their way to the forest moon of Endor in the Tydirium, they approach the Executor and request deactivation to the deflector shield. Luke senses that his father is on the ship. Darth Vader also senses his son and informs Admiral Piett that he will deal with his son and the crew himself and to allow them the clearance to proceed. Luke had previously sensed his father through the Force in The Empire Strikes Back after facing against him on Cloud City. This time was different because he wasn't startled by the connection. It was familiar and he knew exactly what it meant.

In the seventh season of The Clone Wars, Episode 6: "Deal No Deal", Ahsoka Tano is traveling with Trace and Rafa Martez in the Silver Angel. They are heading from Coruscant to Kessel to drop off a shipment of raw spice to a Pyke Syndicate crimelord. On their way, they end up in a military space lane and get called out by Admiral Yularen who's aboard the Resolute. He plans to send a detachment to arrest them. Anakin Skywalker is also aboard the flagship and explains to Yularen that there's no need after he and Ahsoka both sense each other's presence in the Force. It's a quick but emotional moment because they haven't seen each other since Ahsoka left the Jedi Order.

Finally, in the season two premiere of Star Wars Rebels, The Siege of Lothal, Ahsoka Tano is aboard the Ghost with the rest of the Crew. Hera Syndulla is at the helm in a head-to-head combat with Darth Vader himself who's aboard his TIE Fighter. Ahsoka senses that the Force is strong with the mysterious individual and asks Jedi Knight, Kanan Jarrus, to aid her in reaching out through the Force to learn more. Darth Vader also senses her presence and exclaims, "The apprentice lives." When Ahsoka realizes who Darth Vader is, she screams then collapses in disbelief. When she finally comes to, Ezra Bridger (Kanan Jarrus' Padawan) questions her about the Sith Lord but she proclaims that she doesn't know who he is. Meanwhile, Vader reports to his master, Emperor Palpatine, that the apprentice of Anakin Skywalker lives. Palpatine suggests that Ashoka can help lead them to other lost Jedi and Vader immediately responds with "Kenobi".

Darth Vader, the Force & the Kenobi Series | Anakin and His Angel

Now, according to the timeline, the Kenobi series will take place before Rebels but my theory doesn't focus on Obi-Wan being hunted (though I will touch on this below) but rather a Force connection with Darth Vader himself. Because, in case you haven't heard, there's a rumor that Hayden Christensen will be in the Kenobi series.

I immediately wondered about the possibility of Darth Vader being in this series. Sure, a flashback scene seems more likely but I personally wouldn't rule out the character of Darth Vader. We know that Hayden Christensen has worn the suit before in Revenge of the Sith. We also know that Vader doesn't say anything specifically in A New Hope that would interfere with any timelines if he were to show up. Vader specifically says "I sence something, a presence I have not felt since..." AND "I’ve been waiting for you, Obi Wan. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the Master." This doesn't necessarily have a direct correlation with Revenge of the Sith. I'm not saying that I think Obi-Wan and Darth Vader would meet face-to-face (though I probably wouldn't be opposed to it) but perhaps there could be an encounter of some kind. Picture a scene in which former Master and Apprentice both sense each other's presense in the Force. What a powerful moment that would be! As weighty as it would be, I imagine little to no words would be exchanged. This seems to be an on-going trend that Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader experiences with those closest to him so I do think this is a possibility. So, how would a moment like this come about? Perhaps there would be something or someone that draws them together? We could also see Darth Vader on the hunt for Obi-Wan. Palpatine made killing all of the Jedi Vader's mission in Revenge of the Sith and we all know Vader won't rest until he fulfills the results that are demanded of him. Obi-Wan is also someone that Vader will never be able to forget. If the rumor is true, and there's a scene like this in the series, I believe that Obi-Wan would be calm, much like he was when he encountered Darth Maul for the last time on Tatooine in Rebels, and that Vader would be his usual aggressive and angry self. I also think that any scene with Vader should be done in such a way where it doesn't take away from the star of the show.

What do you think about this theory? Would you like to see Darth Vader in the Kenobi series? Why or why not? Do you have your own theories about the presence of Anakin and/or Vader in Kenobi? Let me know in a comment below or get in touch with me on Instagram or Twitter. Disclaimer: An affiliate link was used in this post meaning if you purchase something from Amazon, I will receive a commission


  1. I love this theory! I think that would be an interesting direction for the series to take and I would love to see Hayden in a bigger role than a cameo!

    1. Thanks! And yes, something a little bigger than cameo would be fantastic. I'm crossing my fingers!

  2. I’m hoping that we will get both a flashback and force connection. I wouldn’t want to have a full on meeting but maybe Obi-Wan could fight off dark side users sent on Vader’s behalf. Like an Inquisitor or something. I wonder if aspects of the show will revolve around Kenobi going off world for any reason. I don’t know why he’d leave Tatooine but we shall see.

    1. I like that idea of Vader sending individuals after him! Man, I can't wait for this show!