Thus far, Obi-Wan Kenobi has managed many impressive feats in its short run — especially its introduction and development of a complex, terrifying and still rather mysterious villain. Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) has shown she’ll do whatever it takes to win the favor of her master. But she has also shown a more vulnerable side — and that’s all the hint we need that she may be headed for redemption.
Star Wars has had many chances to not only redeem characters, but also to see them through atonement — having them earn the trust and favor of their former enemies. Star Wars: Rebels tried to do this with Kallus, and it was a good start, but his story mostly dropped off after he joined the rebels. We saw him having regained trust, but not the in-depth sequence of events that led to that for the most part.
Is there time in the Obi-Wan series for Reva to be redeemed and also atone for her wrongs? Probably not. But imagine the show ending with her turning away from Vader and the Inquisitorius and deciding to help The Path, and then Disney+ announcing a series all about The Path with Reva as the lead character.
They probably won’t do that all in one go, but to give her character a whole space of her own to grow and thrive would not only be refreshing, it would also be a nice retaliation to the droves of hate Moses Ingram has received ever since her Star Wars debut.
The show has a lot to accomplish in its final two episodes, and Reva’s redemption could be just one of many major points the story has to hit before its conclusion next week. But Reva’s story doesn’t have to end when the show does. She should not only survive, but live on to star in other stories as well, on-screen or otherwise. Star Wars can do more to prove that doing bad things doesn’t make someone evil forever if they don’t want it to.
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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