This article contains spoilers for Part IV of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This week’s episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi delivered the fun twists and excitement we have come to expect from the show so far, but it also took a dark turn as Obi-Wan made a horrifying discovery. During his mission to rescue Leia, Tala and Obi-Wan sneak into the Fortress Inquisitorius. As they search, questions begin to arise as to why the building is so large and what the Empire is keeping inside. Their uncertainty is resolved when Obi-Wan finds the insidious Jedi Tomb.
Within a large chamber, many fallen Jedi lie frozen in place in an amber substance. Obi-Wan walks down the hall, looking at the faces of Jedi he once knew, including Master Tera Sinube from The Clone Wars. As horrifying as it is to learn the fates of the Jedi that have been kept in the Fortress, the reason they are there may be even more terrible.
One theory for the purpose of their posthumous imprisonment is connected to an early episode of Star Wars Rebels. In season 1 episode 5, Rise of the Old Masters, Ezra and Kanan investigate rumors that Master Luminara Unduli survived Order 66 and was imprisoned by the Empire. Kanan senses Luminara’s presence through the Force and uses it as a guide to find where she is being held.
In their attempts to rescue her, they unwittingly fall into a trap laid by the Grand Inquisitor. It is revealed that Luminara died in the fall of the Empire, but that her body, and its connection to the Force, have been used to lure Jedi right into the hands of the Inquisitors. Although Ezra and Kanan are able to escape, the Grand Inquisitor implies the trick has led numerous Jedi survivors to their deaths.
While the Inquisitors accomplished all of this with one Jedi body, the Fortress contains a great deal more, enough to necessitate such a large-sized building. There are enough bodies to set traps across the galaxy, leading to more heartbreak. Additionally, keeping them in the Fortress could incentivize bolder Jedi to attempt to sneak in, just as Obi-Wan did.
In the remaining episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, we may get more answers about the Tomb. For now, it serves as a haunting reminder of the Empire’s abilities to twist the Force for their own purposes.
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