The most shocking moment in Obi Wan Kenobi Episode 2 may have nothing to do with Darth Vader or the Skywalker twins. Instead, when one character fired a lightsaber at another character, a million voices suddenly screamed – is star wars rebels still hot?
Let’s get into this big moment for Reva (Moses Ingram) and the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) – and what it could mean for Star Wars’ biggest canon. Spoilers ahead for Obi Wan Kenobi until episode 2.
Did Reva assassinate the Grand Inquisitor?
If you know the story of the Inquisitors of star wars rebelsthis is definitely your number one question on Obi Wan Kenobi. In the first two episodes, the various Inquisitors, including the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend), discourage Reva from trying to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. In Episode 2, even when they find him, Reva is taken off the case by the Grand Inquisitor. But because she doesn’t have that, she pulls out her lightsaber and stabs him.
So is the Grand Inquisitor dead? If you had never seen rebels, you may not care. But if you had, it would be a great moment. Originally voiced by Jason Isaacs, the Grand Inquisitor first appeared in rebels first episode “Spark of Rebellion”. This episode takes place in 5 BBY (about five years before the events of A new hope). But Obi Wan Kenobi takes place on 9 BBY, making it four years before the events of rebels and nine years before A new hope.
So if Reva murdered the Grand Inquisitor, how is he alive in rebels four years later?
Is the Grand Inquisitor a clone?
In Star Wars canon, the Grand Inquisitor is a member of the Pau’un species, and the Friend and Isaac versions of the character both appear to belong to that species. If you ignore the debates on the internet about the supposed length of the Grand Inquisitor’s head, it seems like the character we see in Obi Wan Kenobi is the same guy we saw in rebels Season 1.
One solution to the potentially game-changing Kenobi scene is that the Grand Inquisitor is a clone and Darth Vader will simply develop a new one before the events of rebels. It is also possible that the Grand Inquisitor is simply healed. Darth Maul returned from the dead after being sliced in half by Obi-Wan, and Fennec Shand returned after being shot in the stomach in The Mandalorian Season 2. Considering the Inquisitor is employed by Darth Vader – someone who knows well how to fix your body after being hit with a lightsaber – there are several options here for the Inquisitor to be. not dead.
In other words, don’t worry rebels fans, your favorite Star Wars show is still canon.
Will the Grand Inquisitor reappear in Obi Wan?
In an interview with Weekly entertainment, Rupert Friend has hinted that his character’s background may be unraveled in the new series. Most Inquisitors are fallen Jedi, so will we learn how the Grand Inquisitor started down this path?
In rebels Season 2 episode “Shroud of Darkness” reveals that the Grand Inquisitor was originally a Jedi Temple Guard, sometimes referred to as a “Jedi Protector”. In fact, Dave Filoni confirmed that when he was still a Jedi, the Grand Inquisitor was one of two helmeted guards who escorted Ahsoka to her trial when she was charged with treason.
In 2016, Filoni linked Barriss Offee’s frustration with Jedi corruption to the Inquisitor turning to the dark side.
“He hears Barriss’ full speech on corruption and the state of the Senate and the Jedi Order”, Filoni said. “And it’s kind of like a seed that’s planted in his mind that she’s right. And when Order 66 comes out, he additionally realizes how right she is about all the corruption. So it was like the beginning of his descent into the dark side.
But is this story still legitimate? And does it apply to Obi Wan Kenobi version of the Grand Inquisitor?
A friend said EO: “It will all be revealed in a few weeks, but I can say that it really helped me to have as a backstory this feeling of awesome power and knowledge where he effectively chases people he once was.”
This seems to confirm that this version of Grand Inquisitor was once a Jedi. However, Friend’s comment about “everything will be revealed in a few weeks”, referred to the premiere of Obi Wan Kenobiso will this character reappear?
Most of the trailers seem to indicate that Reva leads the Inquisitors in future episodes, which could mean that the Grand Inquisitor won’t reappear in Obi Wan Kenobi. If so, then the nature of his resurrection (or replacement) could end like the plot hole with Yoda’s lightsaber in Boba Fett’s Book. In other words, there could be an in-canon explanation for the Grand Inquisitor’s disappearance, but it’s also possible that it isn’t revealed on screen in Obi Wan Kenobi at all.
The Grand Inquisitor ends up dying in the rebels episode “Fire Across the Galaxy”, while battling Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus. Everything that happens to these Jedi has a direct impact on the events of The Mandalorian because Ahsoka’s postReturn of the Jedi the backstory is basically designed by rebels. If the Grand Inquisitor is removed from rebels canon, there is a domino effect to Mando, The Book of Boba Fett, and the impending Ahsoka TV series too.
For now, all we know is this: Jason Isaac’s version of Grand Inquisitor is around 5 BBY, and Rupert Friend’s version of Grand Inquisitor stabbed in 9 BBY. The rest, as Yoda would say, is always on the move.
Obi Wan Kenobi is streaming now on Disney+.