Rogue One quickly approaching? Check. Ahsoka novel still fresh in our minds? Check. It’s no surprise then that many are thinking about Bail Organa, and his unfolding story.
In Rogue One, we assume that the end of the movie will feature “Rebel spies” beaming the plans to Leia aboard the Tantive IV. Some time later in A New Hope she records a message for Obi-Wan:
“General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father’s request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I’m afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
So here’s what I’ve been thinking: Will we hear the name Obi-Wan Kenobi spoken in Rogue One? Whether in private conversation with Leia or more openly with the Rogues / Rebellion leaders, will Bail Organa reveal that Obi-Wan Kenobi is alive and well? And that there’s no choice but to drag him in to action? It’s clear from Leia’s quote that Senator Organa needs Obi-Wan’s help. It’s also clear that Bail tasked Leia with bringing Obi-Wan to Alderaan. The question is, will Rogue One feature this conversation? Hinted at? If so, why does he want suddenly want Obi-Wan’s aid? What good is Obi-Wan, especially given his mission to protect Luke (a mission that Bail knows about)?
After the Rebels transmit the plans, but die in the process, a bittersweet taste will linger. If my theory is true, imagine the collective gasp as one of Star Wars’ greatest heroes is mentioned. A new hope, indeed!
I’m convinced that Rogue One’s hidden surprise (among several) will be hearing Kenobi’s name. What do you think?
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