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Vader has always been an amalgamation of every terrifying villain you could imagine, but his entry into Obi Wan Kenobi this Wednesday was enough to destabilize even the most tried star wars Fans.
By that, of course, we’re referring to Vader casually walking down the street and paving it with the corpses of innocent townspeople to root out Kenobi. At first, the Dark Lord Force pulls someone out of his house, after which his younger son bravely comes out to confront the locked-up monster. Vader pushes the kid against the wall and snaps his neck without even tensing a muscle, reminding everyone why he still makes it to the top 10 villain lists in movie history.
This terrifying scene goes hand in hand with Vader’s arrival in A thugwhere he single-handedly slaughters a squad of Rebel soldiers up close, in the most imaginative and gruesome way.
From what writer Toby Harold just said vanity loungehowever, he initially wanted to overshadow this scene with his own street sequence, though the powers that be eventually had to step in and tone it down.
“From Vader’s point of view, we all live with the memory of the end of A thug, and how effective it was. It was very rewarding to finally see Vader go wild in a streak like that, so we wanted to try and win if we could. It was much more extreme, at one point. I backtracked a bit on that. It was so important to define Vader’s anger and rage. There’s an emotion to the choices he makes that’s a bit beyond what we’re used to seeing with Vader.
Obi Wan Kenobi has already set a new standard for Disney star wars content in terms of bloody elements. And frankly, something tells us that chopping hands or slicing stormtroopers in half is just the show’s way of warming us up for what could follow as the ultimate showdown between Kenobi and Vader.
Hopefully it lives up to the hype.