Star Wars writer Joby Harold has opened up about the ending of Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s second episode and how it was that the titular character didn’t know Darth Vader was alive.
Ewan McGregor’s new Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi has already become one of Disney Plus’ biggest hits as well as one of its most talked-about for both the right reasons and the wrong reasons. The show’s second episode, however, ends with something of a big reveal for Kenobi. Specifically, Moses Ingram’s Reva reveals to him that Darth Vader was, in fact still alive, much to his shock and horror.
The last time the two had encountered one another was in Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of The Sith. The two fought an epic duel on the volcanic world of Mustafar. The fight ended with Obi-Wan Kenobi cutting off Darth Vader’s legs and remaining arm and left him burning alive near the lava. As revealed in the show’s second episode, Kenobi thought his former apprentice was dead.
In a recent interview with The Wrap, Star Wars writer Joby Harold discussed this particular twist in the show and broke down the exact thought process behind writing it:
“That was actually not something I pitched originally. That was something I discovered along the way, and sort of had to confirm with Pablo [Hidalgo] and really think, ‘Hold on a second, what does he actually know? Does he know the moniker Vader? What would that mean? Can he associate the two? What was he cognizant of? How isolated is he? Where’s Vader at that time? Where’s his reputation and how well known is he?’ and all those pieces of the puzzle.”
“The great piece of storytelling you can use is getting to Ewan play the moment of realization that that which haunts him is still alive. And what does that mean for him? There were many avenues that I could take him down, all of which hopefully are good opportunities to tease out story as we continue. But it all comes down to, is it viable within canon to play that card? Which it was. Which is great, because that allows you, at the end of Episode 2 and the beginning of Episode 3, it gets you so much that feels essential to the fundamental story, which is Obi Wan, Vader, that which haunts you, facing the past, everything that comes to fruition in 3 and beyond.”
Here is the synopsis for the Star Wars event series:
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.
The first three episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are on Disney Plus now, with new episodes airing every Wednesday. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of Star Wars and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: The Wrap