Did I say Empire? I meant Disney executives.
The latest live-action series, Kenobi, had mixed reviews from fans, but no one can deny the final episode’s success. It had played in over 1.8 million homes within the first five days of its premiere, a 20% improvement over the previous series, The Book of Boba Fett. Fans were intrigued to see how the series ended for our broken hero.
There has been speculation about a second season for the series, but McGregor has recently put those rumors to rest. Or has he? Although the series may have felt just as broken as Kenobi, there is no doubt that fans and the nomadic Jedi himself want more.
Recently, McGregor has expressed his desire to return to the series. He explained that there is no indication for a second season, as he has not been told anything or asked to return. With that said, McGregor did follow that bad news with a sincere interest to return as Kenobi to show more of his story. During a Q&A at Fan Fest, when asked about a season 2, this is what he said:
McGregor: “I’m totally up for it, guys. I want to do it.
Moderator: “So what you’re saying is that there’s nothing known or being planned at all?”
McGregor: “I’m absolutely honest, there’s no plans made yet. But I think, I’m pretty sure they’re just biding their time. But nobody has approached me as of yet.”
Insight into how the hermit killed time over the next eight years could be really promising. His arc with princess Leia had come to a beautiful end, and he found hope again. Enough hope to carry him into the desert to find a new home and a familiar figure, his old master, Qui-Gon Jinn.
Deborah Chow, the writer for the series, has made it clear to fans that she wrote the show as a limited series. It only needs one season to tell a complete story. And that it did. We had a broken-down old Jedi who abandoned all hope and isolated himself from the Force and watched him rise from the ashes of his despair and find purpose again.
That purpose would make a fantastic premise for the next season. With Palpatine calling off Vader’s hunt for Kenobi, he has the freedom to venture into the Galaxy to find planets strong with Force so that he may learn how to connect his consciousness. Could he visit an old friend on Dagobah in the process?
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The finale ended with the implication of him learning the skills, but we won’t see how he did it. His attempts to connect back with the Force could be exciting TV, especially if Liam Neeson were to return as Qui-Gon for season 2.
Hayden Christensen has expressed an interest in returning to the series as well. Now that he won’t be hunting down Kenobi, we could get more insights into how he took over the Galaxy. Cutting to potential diplomatic missions, whether they turn violent or not, could be just as interesting as Kenobi’s journey to connect back to the Force.
But, as McGregor has said, there is no promise of a second season. The writers may feel they’ve done their job with this limited series, but with plenty of the stars on board to return, there could be a possibility of Kenobi coming back for more.
If the fans make it just as clear as the stars, there could be a good chance to see more of the beloved hero. His journey back into the Force, the potential to explore Jedi temples and ruins, and to see more of the Galaxy in one of Vader’s strongest eras would all be promising.
So, until Disney comments on a second season, fans can only hope and let them know how bad they would like to see more. If they get as excited as McGregor, there could be a second season.
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