Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Star Wars, something comes along and changes everything.

Obi-Wan was supposed to survive his duel with Darth Vader.


That’s right. In the 1977 classic, the high-stakes lightsaber fight between Kenobi and Vader was originally going to have a very different ending. Peter Mayhew, the man who plays Chewbaca, revealed this fact when he recently posted earlier script pages on Twitter.  The version that never was features a grand escape by the character played by Alec Guinness aided by Luke Skywalker.

“Ben charges into the [stormtroopers], cutting them down as he goes,” George Lucas originally wrote. “Luke is forced to stop firing and runs to the old man’s aid with his laser sword drawn…Luke struggles to help the old man [Kenobi] to the ship under the constant fire of the Imperial troops.” The hatch door closes on the Millennium Falcon before they fly off.


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David Eckstein is a writer living in Los Angeles.