Since even before Star Wars TV shows found their home on Disney+, stories have relied on a mixture of new and familiar characters to both draw fans in and keep them entertained. For the most part, shows have done a good job of tapping into fans’ nostalgia without taking things too far, such as bringing in Luke Skywalker into The Mandalorian while keeping his role important, but minimal.
In the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, we already know characters like Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru will return as characters alongside new faces like Reva the Inquisitor. But what about a character like Jabba the Hutt, who has appeared in many stories outside of the nine episodic films? Will we see him in the show?
The series takes place about 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, which means Jabba is alive and well at the time current events are expected to take place. A large portion of the series is also expected to take place on Tatooine, where Jabba has claimed territory (which Boba Fett later claims in The Book of Boba Fett).
So it’s possible the infamous crime lord could appear. But with only six episodes to tell the full story and much of the focus on Obi-Wan’s journey, will there be room — or a need — for a Jabba the Hutt appearance?
It’s most likely that we’ll get at least one brief mention of Jabba in passing, since he likely has a strong presence in the area. While much of the show will take place on Tatooine (it’s not clear exactly how much, but we do know there will be off-planet scenes), the story will probably focus more on the life of a Jedi in the dark days of the Empire. The Inquisitors will play a role in this, as will bounty hunters (according to Reva), but probably not Jabba’s specific company.
This is all pure speculation, of course. Some predictions are proven completely wrong when a series finally airs, and isn’t that the fun of considering what might happen? We’re not writing the story. We’re just eagerly waiting for the chance to finally see it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor with appearances by Hayden Christensen and Kumail Nanjiani and is directed by Deborah Chow, who previously directed an episode of The Mandalorian. The series is set to premiere May 27, 2022 exclusively on Disney+.
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