In “Part IV” of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars fans were introduced to Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), a member of The Path who ended up helping Tala and Obi-Wan succeed in their mission to rescue Leia from Reva and Fortress Inquisitorius. While his backstory may have sparked many fans’ interest in his past, what many may have missed was the possible reveal that his wife wasn’t just taken by Inquisitors — her fate was even darker.
The climax of the episode revealed that the fortress serves a more sinister purpose than Obi-Wan thought. In his search for Leia, he came across a series of tombs that held the bodies of many former Jedi within them — some familiar, such as Tera Sinube, and many we don’t think we’ve ever seen before.
Though the majority of the Force-sensitives shown in the tombs in last week’s episode haven’t officially been named yet, many fans suspect that Roken’s wife was among them. He briefly mentioned her earlier in the episode, and the chilling sequence in Fortress Inquisitorius may have been a subtle yet powerful way to reveal her fate.
Will Obi-Wan tell Roken what he found — assuming he sensed who she was while observing the bodies? It could provide closure and heightened motivation for the smuggler to avenge his wife by helping “the good guys.” Or it could be a secret he keeps to himself, a reminder that what the Empire is doing in the depths of this fortress is something worth fighting against.
Roken’s story isn’t over, and his character could even be worthy of further stories after the show ends. How else will he help Jedi survivors? Will he be part of the eventual rebellion against the Empire? We may just have to wait and see.
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 streaming now exclusively on Disney+.
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