Rewind: How Anakin Skywalker predicted his fate in Revenge of the Sith

Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

“His fate will be the same as ours.” An ironic statement made by Anakin Skywalker aboard Invisible Hand when prompted by Palpatine to leave Kenobi for dead.

In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, a key scene occurs, and how this scene plays out is absolutely crucial to the rest of the Star Wars saga.

Shortly after disposing of Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus aboard General Grievous’s ship,  the Invisible Hand, Anakin goes over to check on his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was incapacitated by Dooku during the saber duel.

Palpatine says to Anakin, “Leave him, or we’ll never make it.”

Anakin, simply replies, “His fate will be the same as ours.”

Anakin then proceeds to carry Kenobi to safety, through the various obstacles, as the trio continue onward to the command center to face Grievous.

What is very interesting about that conversation is the fact that Obi-Wan Kenobi’s fate is in fact the same as Anakin Skywalker and that of Palpatine/Sidious — from a certain point of view.

All three perish aboard a Death Star, approximately two decades later, give or take a few years.

But, Anakin chooses to save Kenobi in that instant aboard the Invisible Hand because he has not fallen to the Dark Side at this point. Ironic that he would choose to save Kenobi instead of leaving him, but after all, that is his master who is like a brother to him. Kenobi, Padmé, and Palpatine are all that Anakin really has at the time. Later, he attempts to fight Kenobi to the death.

If he could have at least known, then he could have saved himself some grief and injury in the very least. But alas, always in motion is the future.

That would be the end of it, but with the inclusion of The Rise of Skywalker, now that throws a curve-ball into that. Besides, all three are at least able to come back as Force ghosts or more. Force-users don’t really die. As Yoda would tell anyone, gone to the netherworld of the force, have they.

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