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'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Writer Explains Why He Felt Reva 'Had To Die'

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By Kristin Myers on June 29, 2022 at 9:30 AM EDT

Last week, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” aired its final episode.

The six-episode Star Wars live-action Disney+ series was first announced as a limited series, but there is speculation that it will live on to see another season. One of the biggest reasons to give the show another season is to explore Reva (Moses Ingram) and her character arc.

In a recent interview with The Direct, writer Stuart Beattie confirmed initial rumors that Reva was supposed to be killed off in early drafts of the canceled “Obi-Wan Kenobi” film, which served as the basis to the Disney+ series. This has caused fans to speculate that she might return for a second season, or possibly her own spin-off series.

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Writer Confirms Reva Was His Creation

Moses Ingram as Reva on "Obi-Wan Kenobi"

Beattie told The Direct’s Nathan Johnson that Reva “was my creation,” adding, “I created Reva all the way through.” He also explained that she initially saw the Jedis as villains as the series and had no knowledge that Anakin Skywalker had become Darth Vader.

“The only little difference in mine was she didn't know Darth Vader was Anakin. Cause I was like, 'How'd she know that?'” Beattie explained. “All she saw was Anakin as Anakin because he hadn't changed in the suit yet, right?”

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“So Anakin killed her friends, put the scar on her, almost killed her, left her for dead, basically,” he continued. “So, in her mind, the Jedi Council were the biggest villains in the galaxy. She believed the lies that they were plotting a coup to overtake and get power and all that, but they were stopped by the Clones. So she believed that's why she's hunting Jedi, because she believed the Jedi are the worst, basically.”

However, once Obi-Wan told Reva that Darth Vader “is the guy who … tried to kill her,” she decides to change sides.

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In his script, Beattie explained, “So, it was Obi-Wan kind of letting her in on that secret and that revelation that makes her kind of go, 'Oh my god, I've been wrong this whole time.' And so she goes and basically saved Kenobi by sacrificing herself, telling Vader, 'I killed Kenobi.' And then Vader killed her, [with her] knowing that Vader would kill her.”

“So, that kind of completed her arc,” he added. “So just a little bit different that she was, yeah, absolutely, the Inquisitor hunting Kenobi all the way through and driven by her own personal demons.”

Reva Creator Stuart Beattie Felt That Reva ‘Had To Die’

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Considering that Reva doesn’t pop up in any Star Wars properties, many fans thought that she was going to be killed off in the series. Apparently, even Beattie thought the Third Sister “had to die” and was killed by Darth Vader at the end of his script.

“Yeah, I wanted this story, I wanted her story to end,” he explained. “I wanted Reva to play her part in the Kenobi-Vader story, which was, essentially, at the end, she was the one that allowed Vader, basically told Vader to stop hunting Kenobi. You know, she ended the obsession Vader had with Kenobi.”

“She claimed it was over, it's done. So that was, that was her role to play,” he continued. “And she'd done so many terrible things, I felt she had to die. You can only redeem so much."

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Beattie also confirmed that there had been “no other plans to include any other Inquisitors.” He saw Darth Vader as “the big overall villain in this story” and wanted him to be the antagonist who was “going to be more one-on-one with Obi-Wan throughout the show.”

“So Reva really was the result of that,” he added. “I knew I needed that character."

From the initial conception of the story, Beattie admitted that they knew “Obi-Wan could never kill Darth Vader,” especially since they have their final showdown in “A New Hope.”

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Beattie explained that Obi-Wan “needed to defeat someone, and so Reva was my attempt to give him someone to defeat or someone to save because he's not going to save Darth.”

“The Darth Vader storyline is going to end in a downer, so I wanted to save someone, and that's why I created Reva,” he added.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is available to stream on Disney+. A second season has yet to be confirmed.

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