“But don’t you want something else as well? Something just for you, that you can call your own?”
“That sounds a bit like selfishness and possessiveness. Two very un-Jedi-like qualities, are they not?”
“That’s not what I meant.”
“Look, I know you seek more in your life. Something bigger and well… different. I used to see it as a stumbling block to your truly becoming a great Jedi. But now I’m not so certain. When this war is finally over, Anakin, whatever path you wish to follow, I will try to support you as best I can. You have my promise, my old friend.”
This is one of my favorite issues of any Star Wars comics, because Anakin is tromping through the woods and tentatively floating the idea that he wants more from life, things that a Jedi shouldn’t maybe want, and hinting that possibly he’s going to leave the Jedi after the War.
Obi-Wan doesn’t directly confirm that he understands that Anakin is thinking of leaving the Jedi, but he’s not stupid and it’s pretty clear that he does know what Anakin’s thinking here and… it’s not necessarily what he’d choose, he himself is a Jedi through and through, but when Anakin is serious about this, Obi-Wan’s response?
If this is truly what Anakin wants/is good for him, then Obi-Wan will do his best to support him, whatever those choices happen to be.
Do I think Obi-Wan would have made sure it wasn’t a whim if they had survived the war and Anakin said he was leaving the Jedi? Of course, that’s what Obi-Wan does, he makes sure Anakin is on the best possible path. But would he have supported Anakin leaving, if that’s what he really wanted to do?
YES, OBI-WAN WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED HIM. NOW DON’T TOUCH ME, I’M CRYING ABOUT MY FEELINGS.