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Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 planned? Maul almost in Season 1? Worries over the Mandalorian? It’s true… all of it

March 15th, 2022 by Marc Comments

We’re still getting over the awesome Obi-Wan Kenobi teaser trailer that dropped last week and this next bit of news feels like it’s an obvious one but we’re excited nonetheless.

While we had all believed that the series, which arrives on May 25th, was a one-and-done deal, it seems that there is discussions about having the show extended for at least one more season.

While director Deborah Chow says the series is “one full story” with a distinct beginning, middle and end, there’s no question Disney and Lucasfilm will be thinking there’s more story to tell and certainly more money to be made, given the fans’ reaction to the teaser.

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has teased that there may be more of Kenobi protecting the Skywalker twins from Tattooine in the future: “It’s certainly something we talk about, mainly because everybody came together and had such an incredible time,” she says.

“Ewan [McGregor]  had an incredible time. Hayden [Christensen] 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?”

And speaking of Hayden Christensen, the first image of him as Vader has appeared online and it looks amazing:

Christensen has said that this Vader will be “very powerful” and angry, similar to the Vader we las saw at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with writer Joby Harold says Vader will be “very much a part of the show emotionally for Obi-Wan, and possibly beyond that as well”.

Hmmmmmm… beyond that? What could that mean?

However, lots of cool new details have also been revealed about the series.

We all know early on that the Kenobi series had to have a lot of rewrites back in 2020 (here) and we speculated that the reason may be because the story of a lone warrior protecting a young Force-sensitive child sounds a bit similar to The Mandalorian and it seems that that may have been a part of the issue.

But there was another… it was too dark.

“We’re looking, ultimately, to make a hopeful, uplifting story,” says Kennedy.

“And it’s tricky when you’re starting with a character in the state that Obi-Wan would be incoming off of Revenge Of The Sith. That’s a pretty bleak period of time. You can’t just wave the magic wand with any writer and arrive at a story that necessarily reflects what you want to feel.”

Now, while director Deborah Chow has said that they did keep a lot of the original story, a lot of new elements were added and, it seems, one of those new elements may actually be Darth Vader himself.

A new report by THR states that Vader was not originally part of the story with, instead, Darth Maul being one of the one hunting Kenobi down but it was The Mandalorian’s Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau who encouraged Chow to “go bigger” and bring in Vader. It was at this stage the writing was halted and a new direction – and villain – was found for the show.

Now, some close to the production have called this nonsense, saying Maul was never attached to the series – especially since it would have completely undone one of Star Wars Rebels’ greatest moments (below) when Maul finally meets Obi-Wan again and, after Kenobi strikes him down, learns of Luke being the chosen one.

However, this all does tie into star Ray Park’s unfortunate online activity that, according to reports, got him fired from upcoming Star Wars projects (here)… could this mean there’s something to this?

Whatever the truth, we know Vader is the villain of the piece and Maul will not be appearing. Not here at least.

What do you all think of this news? Let me know all your thoughts on all this goodness…

Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on the Disney+ service on May 25th.

Source: EW and THR

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….