Obi-Wan Kenobi may be the darkest Disney+ Star Wars series

Obi-Wan Kenobi. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm. 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd ™ . All Rights Reserved
Obi-Wan Kenobi. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm. 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd ™ . All Rights Reserved /

Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on May 27 and series writer Joby Harold recently shared with Entertainment Weekly how dark this new series will be.

I think it’s important to realize fans probably expected this to possibly lean into a sorrowful period in Obi-Wan’s life, but Harold’s recent talk seems to indicate that this could possibly follow the darkest path we’ve yet to see.

Harold says, “The Empire is in the ascendancy. And all the horrors that come with the Empire are being made manifest throughout the galaxy. And the Jedi Order as we know them are being all but wiped out. So everything that was in the prequels has crumbled.”

Will Obi-Wan Kenobi be the darkest Disney+ Star Wars series?

It’s possible fans, like myself, have been so excited about seeing Ewan McGregor return as Obi-Wan where we didn’t take into account how much devastation we might see. Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, so it makes sense we might’ve glossed over the fact that Obi-Wan stood over his brother’s (assumed) dying body, Padme’s death, and living out a life of isolation to protect the “chosen one.”

In the teaser trailer for the series, fans witness Inquisitors searching for the Jedi and even a body hanging in some town’s square. Perhaps we should’ve realized how grim this series might be. Although, perhaps the greatest power we seek from Obi-Wan Kenobi: To have hope restored in a beloved character in the Star Wars universe.

Harold also adds, despite all of the hardships in his life, Obi-Wan is “struggling with that faith that defines the Jedi, and wanting to hold onto it and hoping to regain that faith within that sort of hopeless world.” Perhaps this is why fans love this character so much. We are equally longing for that hope, and despite the ominous notes from this conversation, maybe it’s what we will always need.

Do you believe Obi-Wan Kenobi will be the darkest Star Wars series on Disney+? Or do you have hope that he will restore faith in a character we have longed to see again? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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