Upcoming book Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View features a story that follows classic Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi immediately after his death. Lucasfilm is finally giving fans what they have always clamored for with Kenobi-centric projects. The Jedi Master recently made a huge TV comeback via Star Wars Rebels where he finally settled his long-standing beef with Darth Maul. It was also the first time we've seen how he lived during his two decades on Tatooine discreetly looking after Luke, who was with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. This kind of narrative opening could eventually be fleshed out further in the upcoming Obi-Wan Star Wars anthology film, possibly set during his days in isolation on the same desert planet.
Before that, however, we'll be treated to another unexplored point in time in Kenobi's existence in the Star Wars lore. We know that while the Jedi Master sacrificed himself and died by the hands of his former-padawan-turned-Sith, Darth Vader, he continued to linger around and mentor Luke via communicating with him despite having already passed. While we have always just seen their conversations from the young Skywalker's perspective, we can now find out how it was from Kenobi's standpoint thanks to a short story included in Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.
The specific narrative titled "Time of Death" was written by Cavan Scott and will closely follow Kenobi's own adventures as he guides Luke without being able to physically be there with him. The author himself announced the upcoming short story by posting about it on his official Twitter account with a short excerpt from the story. Check out the tweet below:
— Cavan Scott (@cavanscott) September 14, 2017
While it is always interesting to know more about Kenobi, the most intriguing part of the tweet is the story excerpt as it provides us some insight as to how the Jedi Master was doing in terms of coping with his death. We have always viewed Old Ben as this wise being, someone who has seen everything and always knows what to do, but even with his long storied life and his willingness to die at that time when he did, it turns out he also struggled and had to figure things out on his own.
If anything, "Time of Death" could be an indication as to how Lucasfilm is trying to craft Obi-Wan Kenobi's story trajectory moving forward. It could be a way to test the waters and see how fans respond to a more character-centric, grounded and isolated movie for one of the lore's most memorable characters. In hindsight, this could be the best approach for the reported standalone as not only will provide fans a closer look at the unknown adventures of the Jedi Master in between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it also takes care of possible narrative plot points that could emerge if a bigger, galaxy-hopping film is instead made.
Source: Cavan Scott
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