Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 2 Possibility Addressed By Star Wars Director

The possibility of Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 is addressed by director Deborah Chow. Originally conceived as a spinoff film, the project was adjusted to a TV series in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story bombing at the box office. Obi-Wan Kenobi finally premiered on Disney+ in late May, chronicling the titular Jedi's mission to save a young Princess Leia. The series has proven to be successful, as Obi-Wan Kenobi broke Disney+ streaming records and has earned generally positive reviews from critics.

During the buildup to Obi-Wan Kenobi's release, a point was made to bill the show as a limited series, implying it would only last one season. However, the story takes place a full nine years prior to the events of the original Star Wars film, meaning there could still be a lot more ground to cover detailing Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine. Ewan McGregor recently expressed hope for Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2, and now his director opens up about the chances.

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Speaking with Radio Times, Chow discussed the chances of season 2 happening. While she reiterated Obi-Wan Kenobi was made as a limited series, she admitted there are still more stories to tell. Check out her comments in the space below:

"You know, we always did conceive of this as a limited series. So it's not an adventure-of-the-week sort of story. It's one big story with a beginning, middle and end. So I think this story was very much conceived to be its own standalone... I mean, there are of course more stories that you could tell. There's obviously another 10 years before we get to A New Hope and with a character like Obi-Wan Kenobi, I think even just watching him ride across the sand sometimes is interesting. So, who knows? It's hard to say right now, but it was not the intention."

The trick would be coming up with a narrative that would make Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 worthwhile. Having Obi-Wan leave Tatooine again would potentially run the risk of repeating season 1. Leia plays a main role because her safety is the only reason why Obi-Wan would leave Luke. As much fun as it is to watch the young princess go on an adventure with the Jedi, it would be disappointing if a hypothetical Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 tread similar ground. Perhaps a new season could be entirely set on Tatooine, further fleshing out Obi-Wan's tumultuous dynamic with Uncle Owen as he tries to watch over Luke. There would also need to be a compelling arc for Obi-Wan's character. The show is already covering Kenobi coming to terms with past failures and rediscovering his faith. Depending on how the finale goes, those threads could be satisfyingly wrapped up.

As Star Wars continues to expand with several other shows and movies in development, an argument can be made it's time for the franchise to move past the legacy characters that have defined it from the beginning. One of the core criticisms of the franchise's Disney era is Star Wars can bank too heavily on nostalgia at times. While Obi-Wan Kenobi has done a good job bridging the gap between the prequel and original trilogies, any continuation would invariably be tapping into the love audiences have for those films. It might be best for Lucasfilm to tell new stories onscreen, and use other canon sources like books and comics to fill in any lingering gaps in Obi-Wan's life. Although, even Hayden Christensen thinks there's more Darth Vader stories out there, so perhaps the creatives will think of something.

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Source: Radio Times

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