‘I don’t think we should use it’: Deborah Chow Was Hesitant To Use Darth Vader’s Imperial March in Obi-Wan Kenobi For This Reason

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It’s been a few days now since we got the conclusion of our latest Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi and even though it got a decent review from the audiences as well as the critics, yet the lack of the iconic John Williams creation was evident till the final episode.

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Star Wars: A Musical Magnifico

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Be it the most iconic “Duel of the Fates” or “Yoda’s Theme” or the currently being discussed “The Imperial March”, John Williams with his Star Wars saga has given us countless Musical masterpieces which remained as eternal sensations to the fans.

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Since the First time we got to know about the return of our beloved Ben Kenobi and the menacing Darth Vader in the Disney+ series, everyone anticipated the return of the timeless classics once again but what we got was quite opposite.

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“Let’s Do Our Own Thing”

It was actually Director Deborah Chow. Obi-Wan Kenobi composer Natalie Holt explains that it was the Director’s call to do something new instead of relying on the classic Music pieces. To be more precise, the makers were not fully confident at first about their right to use the classics in their series so they prefer to use new ones.

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Holt stated in an interview with Screenrant, that when they started the project, they were not sure if they are allowed to use William’s creations so the director said that she didn’t want to hear the bad news at the end and suggested she make the project keeping in mind that they are not going to have those:

Deborah [Chow] was saying to me, “I think we need to score the show as if we’re not going to be able to use them.” She was like, “I don’t want to find out that we can’t, so let’s make it work without. Let’s do our own thing.”

The Director also added another angle to this by saying that “The Imperial March” would also have been a misfit as a result of Vader’s mindset. Compared to “A New Hope’s” Darth Vader, this one had a lot more rage in him. He was still more in his post-Anakin phase rather than Vader. Only when the mask is broken in the last episode, and Anakin screams “You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did” that’s when he is completely transformed:

 “Actually, if we were going to use the Vader theme, I don’t think we should use it until episode six, because he’s still half Anakin, half Vader at this point. When his mask cracks open at the end, and he says ‘You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did,’ you realize now he’s Vader, now he’s earned his ‘Imperial March’.”

More of a Journey:

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Darth Vader

According to Holt and Deborah, the lack of “The Imperial March” till the end signifies more of a journey from that small boy of Tatooine to an arrogant Anakin Skywalker who fell to the Dark Side to become a sinister Sith Lord. While Obi-Wan Kenobi portrayed a vengeful and fierce Darth Vader in his prime, the Sith Lord became much more composed and calculating in the later years.


As a result, Chow’s decision to use the Imperial March at the very end of the series signifies Anakin’s complete transition into Darth Vader after his brutal fight with his former master.

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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.