WARNING: This article contains spoilers for episode 2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Given that the Grand Inquisitor was alive and well in the first season of Star Wars: Rebels, theories about his survival (or not) have been flying around like wildfire. One of these theories seems almost like a direct callback to The Book of Boba Fett and has the potential to explain why the Grand Inquisitor was so potent in later fights.
Does this mean Star Wars: Rebels isn’t Canon?
This claim sounds ludicrous and has been floated by several other outlets as a legitimate theory. I am here to say that claiming that Rebels is not canon is just as ludicrous as it sounds. Not only have people come back from far worse wounds (Darth Vader come to mind?), but the vast majority of the upcoming projects we see leading into the sequels include Rebel characters.
For example, the upcoming Ahsoka footage showed Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla and Chopper appearing in those series. In short, we know the creator of Rebels, Dave Filoni, still has massive sway at Lucasfilm and his projects are here to stay.
So how could the Grand Inquisitor Survive?
At the very simplest, the Grand Inquisitor could be put into a vat of Bacta and probably come out okay. I mean we have seen a ton of people lose limbs (come on, it’s a trope at this point) and all they get is a little bit of bacta and maybe a cybernetic arm. But for the larger injuries, such as the gutshot of Fennec Shand in The Book of Boba Fett sometimes a little more creative modifications have to be made. That’s right, one theory posits we are once again going to see a Mod parlor come out and be used to heal the Grand Inquisitor.
More likely than not, we will see some sort of bacta and cybernetic modification, if necessary, but as Obi-Wan Kenobi creates a strong connection to the prequels, maybe it’s time for a little love for the rest of the Star Wars timeline.
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