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Obi-Wan Kenobi star Vivien Lyra Blair and director Deborah Chow discuss a second season

June 7th, 2023 by Marc Comments

While we have heard very little of a second season since Star Wars Celebration Europe – and the news wasn’t terribly positive there – we’re hearing a few of the major players in the series speak out, giving us at least hope that Lucasfilm/Disney are still aware of the fans’ desire to see everyone’s favourite Jedi Master back in action.

While the series had its fair share of detractors, there was a lot of great stuff in there, not least of all the core story which finally saw Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi face off against Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader and, well, it was pretty incredible and, all credit where it’s sure, it managed to have the duo face each other while not messing with the greater continuity of Star Wars and the iconic hero and villain’s meeting on the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

One of the more continuity-meddling aspects of the series however, was the introduction of young Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi (word is it was meant to be Luke in the story before it was rewritten), which many fans had issue with, given that Leia didn’t seem to know Kenobi in the movies; however, one thing that most people agreed on was that young actress Vivien Lyra Blair, left, did an outstanding job as the young princess.

And now the young actress has said that she is asked all the time if there’s going to be a second season and, she says, McGregor is mad keen to do more: “Well, I think a lot of people are asking me, ‘Will we get a second season of ‘Obi-Wan’?’ And I honestly, I think it’s very much a possibility because Ewan [McGregor] is just begging to do another one. He’s really excited.”

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However, the young actress, who clearly seems to know her Star Wars lore, isn’t sure that, should a second season happen, she’d be involved and suggests that a young Leia series might be the way forward: “I would love to [return], but I was saying like, I don’t see how I would fit into it, because it’s very implied that she doesn’t see him again until she asked for help in the fourth movie, ‘A New Hope.’ And so, I think it’s kind of like, how would I fit into that? And so we’re kind of hoping for my own show there. We’re kind of thinking it could be fun to do a show of Leia on Alderaan. And I really hope something like that could work out.”

There’s no question that a Star Wars series based around Leia’s rise to political power on Alderaan might be interesting but it’s more likely that story will be saved for the comics and novels, however, it’s not out of the question that we see Blair’s Leia again, it just doesn’t need to be in a second Kenobi series… we’re seeing Genevieve O’Reilly’s Mon Mothma making the leap from the movies to the Andor series and she’ll be next seen in the Ahsoka series this August, so there’s plenty of opportunity to follow characters in different stories across the movie and TV spectrum.

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On more Obi-Wan Kenobi, Deborah Chow, showrunner and director of the whole series has entered the chat with a response that seems negative but then, aptly, ends with a little bit of hope: “This was conceived as a limited series; it is closed,” she said, before adding: “There are ten more years before New Hope, so never say never.”

McGregor’s keenness to return echoes what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said at Celebration Europe where she made it clear a season two wasn’t in development but she too finished with a little hope: “I never say never, because there’s always the possibility. That show was so well-received and [director] Deborah Chow did such a spectacular job. Ewan McGregor really wants to do another. Everybody’s all hands on deck with what we’re doing right now, as you can see by what we showed everybody [at the Celebration]. We’ll turn our attention to that again maybe down the road.”

Honestly, the set-up of the series with Kenobi finally finding the Force Ghost of his Master Qui-Gon Jin, played by Liam Neeson once again, felt like both a natural end AND a tease of more to come and, as I said already, ten years is a long time between the end of season and the beginning of A New Hope and it’s not hard to imagine McGregor’s Kenobi finding himself in trouble again during his sacred duty on Tattooine protecting Luke.

Plus, there’s always the possibility we’ll see this Kenobi in other stories, other shows, just like we might see young Leia and that’s one of the things I love most about Star Wars.

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Source: Screenrant, The Direct

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….