- Warning: Major spoilers below if you haven’t seen episode 4 of “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
- The show’s screenwriter Joby Harold spoke to Insider about the major moments of the episode.
- He also explained how the Jedi got his “groove back” thanks to what happened in this episode.
There’s nothing like a jailbreak to get the juices flowing, and it looks like that’s what Obi-Wan Kenobi needed to get back in his Jedi form.
In episode four of the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” we follow Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as he sneaks onto the intimidating Fortress Inquisitorius to free Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), who was snagged by the evil Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram) at the end of episode 3.
It’s there that Kenobi finds a gruesome discovery: In the bowels of the fortress, there’s a tomb of dead Jedi and younglings it has captured all over the galaxy.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” head writer Joby Harold explained to Insider why it was important that at this point in the six-episode series that our Jedi hero makes such a discovery.
“If Obi-Wan is stuck in his cave hidden from the realities of what’s happened to the Jedi and what the Empire has been up to, the idea was he eventually would have to be confronted by those horrors,” Harold explained Thursday during a
“That was really, really important. It all goes back to the first episode of talking about what you should and shouldn’t do,” he continued. “Those souls captured forever and captured there; the spiritual death of that felt interesting to put Obi-Wan in front of.”
Kenobi’s Jedi powers fully worked when ‘he’s fighting for the greater good,’ the screenwriter explained
It certainly was a wake-up call for Kenobi. Later in the episode, when he rescues Leia, there’s another major moment when he must use the Force to keep water from rushing into the fortress after an underwater window is cracked from a blaster shot.
Though earlier in the episode he was still rusty with his Jedi powers, when the moment came to use them he did not fail.
“When he uses the Force on the show, it’s during moments of character,” Harold explained. “It was something we always thought was part of the journey that could arch the character in an interesting way. Knowing that it will be satisfying when he does pick up a lightsaber or use the Force that he’s fighting for the greater good or for Leia.”
There are only two episodes left on the show, but it does seem as things progress Kenobi is starting to find his old self.
“He’s getting his groove back piece by piece,” Harold said. “Each challenge is a little bit bigger because it allows him to grow a little bit more. But each time he’s doing it for a reason. It’s impactful and necessary for the character’s point of view. He’s not just practicing.”
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is currently streaming on Disney+.