It turns out that Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally supposed to be a trilogy of movies rather than a TV show.
Stuart Beattie, a writer on Obi-Wan Kenobi, talked about how the series changed over time. Apparently, it was going to be a trilogy of adventures rather than a single outing. Then the movies were transformed into a TV series on Disney+ instead.
“When I pitched my Obi-Wan story to Lucasfilm” said Beattie, “I said, ‘There’s actually three stories here. Because there’s three different evolutions that the character has to make in order to go from Obi-Wan to Ben.
“The first one was the first movie, which was the show, which was, ‘Surrender to the will of the Force. Transport your will, surrender your will. Leave the kid alone.
“So then, the second was thinking about where Kenobi ends up. And one of the most powerful and probably the most powerful moment in all of Obi-Wan’s story is that moment where he sacrifices himself in A New Hope. Great moment, you know, makes you cry. But, if you stop and think about it, it’s a pretty sudden thing, to just kind of go be fighting a guy, to see Luke and go, ‘I’m gonna die.’ You know, that to me, that required forethought.”
He talked about Obi-Wan coming to terms with his own mortality in the future, and how that journey would be presented through the movies/series. He discusses how Obi-Wan has “accepted the idea that he’s going to die”, and that he’s going to die willingly at a crucial moment.
Obi-Wan Kenobi recently finished its run on Disney+ with its sixth and final episode. The future of the character is uncertain, but perhaps a second season could explore more of this part of the character’s journey. Nothing has been confirmed by Disney yet, but the crew involved are all down to do another season.
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