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If you ever think you’re starting to overstate the importance of The Team, let me tell you, YOU’RE NOT.  (via Ultimate Star Wars)

#you posted this because I was crying about this scene again yesterday DIDN’T YOU#I HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH#*sobs*#these two#the boys#SO MANY BAD THINGS ARE GONNA HAPPEN TO THEM AND IT MAKES ME SO SAD#little tiny Anakin is like ‘wow GOLLY you’re a jedi TOO?!’#like he’s known Obes for 2 and a half seconds and he’s already super impressed and WHO CAN BLAME HIM BC EVEN WITH THAT TERRIBLE HAIRCUT#HE IS AMAZING AND GOOD#and obi-wan is so cute here with the handshake and like i’m just picturing the Force being like ‘AHHHHHHHHHHH’ around them#Qui-Gon being like ‘oh boy they are going to cause a LOT of property damage i can already see it’#this is a lot of Tag Yelling even for me I am sorry#*cries*#I am just so FOND of them (via @forcearama)

HEY THANKS FOR THE TAGS.  NOW I NEED TO CRY ON YOU.  You really stop and think about the sheer scope of their journey together, that they started out so understated, that it was just this simple, really cute moment!

“Anakin Skywalker, meet Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
“Pleased to meet you. Wow! You’re a Jedi too?”

LOOK AT THIS MEETING.  Anakin is so excited to meet ANOTHER JEDI and he’s so polite and yet just beaming with all of this and Obi-Wan totally smiles at how adorable this moppet is.  I love that this is such an understated, almost unnoteworthy first meeting, who would ever realize just what these two are going to mean to each other?

Who would ever realize that the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin is going to shape the entire galaxy for decades?

It’s so hard to imagine going from this

TO THIS

and that it’s not going to be anything but absolutely great!

Yes, they tragically lose Qui-Gon and that’s hard for them to deal with, but already Obi-Wan is reaching out to Anakin, he’s putting a hand around his shoulder.  Within a few years, we see the absolutely adoring look on Anakin’s face when Obi-Wan does pretty much A NORMAL JEDI MISSION.  “There is no one better,” Anakin says.

And, sure, they have some sniping, Anakin has a lot of problems with letting go and he doesn’t really want to change and Obi-Wan doesn’t realize the depths of those problems, but they still smile and laugh with each other.  AOTC and TCW are full of them bantering together.

THE ENTIRE FIRST HALF HOUR OF REVENGE OF THE SITH IS ONE LONG “HOLY CRAP THEY ARE SUCH AN OLD MARRIED COUPLE” EPISODE.  Just look at the way Obi-Wan grins at Anakin!

They’re having fun together, they’re bickering and they move in synch (that scene where their fighters glide and spin together in the same exact, matching movement) and Anakin absolutely will not leave Obi-Wan behind.

How can two people who clearly enjoy being around each other, who have come so far go wrong?  They’re The Team, they’ve shaped so much of the galaxy together!

And yet we see exactly how it all goes down in flames.  We can watch it happen, we can remember those two people who had only just met each other, who had no idea of the road that was ahead of them, and just be baffled at how they get to here.

“I HATE YOU!”
“You were my brother, Anakin.  I loved you.”

It hurts because we know Anakin loved him, we saw it.  And we saw that Obi-Wan loved him, it was in every gesture and look and the way he would pour his entire life into Anakin, even after he was Knighted, Obi-Wan still stayed with him.

We can see it all happen, we can watch their journey and yet HOW do those two people, smiling and shaking hands and being quietly amused or awe-struck by each other, end up HERE?

It hurts so much because we still remember the boy with the stars in his eyes who looked at Obi-Wan with awe, we still remember the young man who ran to Obi-Wan every time he needed help, we still remember the young Knight who loved Obi-Wan but fell apart and turned against him because of his desperation and terrible choices.

We still remember that little kid who went, “WOW, you’re a Jedi, too!?”, we remember Obi-Wan putting an arm around that kid’s shoulders to reassure him, we remember every laughing grin Obi-Wan gave him that Anakin loved in return.

And yet we still ended up here.