After Obi-Wan Kenobi is over, will Obi-Wan return? The creative team and star Ewan McGregor give their thoughts on what comes next in a recent interview with EW. We know that Obi-Wan Kenobi was conceived as a limited series. That means it is one story being told from beginning to end across the show’s episodes. Think of it like a movie, extended and split into manageable chunks. Theerfore, there are currently no solid plans for a second Season of Obi-Wan Kenobi. However does mean this is the end, or will Obi-Wan return?
First up from EW‘s coverage is Obi-Wan Kenobi writer Joby Harold.
“Yeah, I don’t know about it being a story beyond the story we’re telling now? With these things, we always think of it as a complete story with the beginning and a middle and an end. That’s the tradition of those great mythic Joseph Campbell stories that this was born from and that George [Lucas] built. And so we very much thought of it in that way, as its own story, its own narrative, its own journey for this character between Episode III and Episode IV.”
Next, Deborah Chow who directed all of Obi-Wan Kenobi gives her thoughts.
“It was definitely conceived as a limited series and it is one big story with a beginning, middle, and end. So that’s the way we’ve always approached it,” says Chow. “The approach has always been that it is one full story.”
Thirdly, we have someone rather important in the decision making progress. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is understandably cautious with this one.
“It’s certainly something we talk about. Mainly because everybody came together and had such an incredible time,” continues the studio head. “Ewan had an incredible time. Hayden had an incredible time. So certainly from that point of view, everybody involved would love to see this not end. But we have to really spend our time asking the question: Why would we do it? If we were to decide to do anything more with the Obi-Wan character, we’d have to really answer the question why?”
Finally, we have star Ewan McGregor, who frankly has already said he’d come back if the story was right.
“It was made as a one-off limited series,” explains Ewan McGregor. “And in a way, it does do what I wanted it to do in terms of bridging a story between III and IV and bringing me closer to Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan in A New Hope. And so, for sure, that’s true. Would I like to make another one?” the actor ponders. “Yeah, I would like to make another one.”
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I will reserve my own judgment until I’ve finished watching this show. Once all the dust settles, will I at that point be clamoring for more Obi-Wan Kenobi or on the other hand hoping they leave it there? It all remains to be seen. What I would say though, is that if there is another Kenobi story, this time Vader should not be involved as directly. I don’t think Vader and Kenobi should be playing cat and mouse with one another across the 10 years that separates this show and the original Star Wars movie. Though, another story, which has Vader connections, but less directly? Well, who knows? As said, I’ll have a think about this one once I’ve finished Obi-Wan Kenobi. As Kennedy says, first you have to answer the question why? It can’t just be because everyone had fun making Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Will Obi-Wan return? What are your thoughts as the creative team and McGregor give their thoughts on the question? As always, there’s space below for comments, or feel free to discuss in more detail over on our Discord server, links below.