How Satine could appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series

Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Padme (Natalie Portman) in STAR WARS EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Padme (Natalie Portman) in STAR WARS EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES. /

When Disney+ UK posted an Obi-Wan Kenobi pre-watch list this past week, Star Wars fans immediately began to wonder if Obi-Wan’s former love interest, Duchess Satine Kryze, would be referenced in the show. Several options on that list included episodes featuring the character, which means part of the story might involve Obi-Wan coming to terms with losing her.

Because Satine’s death occurs on-screen in The Clone Wars, it’s not possible for her to show up in the present — Kenobi takes place about 10 years after that tragedy. However, there are several ways the show could reference her — if they don’t go as far as showing her face in a flashback (it would be the first time she appeared in live-action) or even just her voice.

In John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi novel (now Legends), Obi-Wan spent much of the story trying to communicate with his former master Qui-Gon Jinn. Qui-Gon is one of very few people who knew about Obi-Wan and Satine’s secret love story. If the two communicate through the Force, who knows? Qui-Gon might bring it up.

A much less likely but potential possibility is that Darth Vader or someone else from Obi-Wan’s past could mention Satine by name to set his emotions off-balance. The likeliest scenario is that Obi-Wan talks to her occasionally while alone, which would be both heartbreaking and wholesome, somehow.

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With just six episodes to tell this monumental chapter in Kenobi’s history — we don’t yet know the average length of episodes yet, but they will likely run longer than episodes of other Disney+ Star Wars shows at the shortest length of episodes in a season. The story will likely spend as much time on the title character’s growth than on the action and suspense so many Star Wars fans are hoping for. It will be a short journey, but not a moment of screen time will be wasted.

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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