Obi-Wan Kenobi surprised everyone by debuting its first two episodes early last week, but the altered premiere date wasn’t the only thing that shocked fans. In the series’ second episode, Moses Ingram’s ambitious Third Sister impales Rupert Friend’s Grand Inquisitor with her lightsaber and leaves him for dead. This was an unexpected development for many reasons, the greatest of which being the fact Grand Inquisitor was previously shown to be alive much later in the franchise’s timeline. The character was the main antagonist of Star Wars Rebels’ first season, which takes place five years after the events of Kenobi.
Speaking to Vanity Fair about the plot twist, Kenobi’s writer Joby Harold seemed to hint that the leader of the Empire’s Inquisitorious may not be dead after all. He referenced Lucasfilm’s commitment to established canon as evidence:
As you know, we would never break canon. So, that’s all I’ll say. Canon is everything.Joby Harold
The supposed demise of the Grand Inquisitor has been the topic of much debate in the last week. Rebels has a very dedicated and passionate fanbase, who felt understandably betrayed by the possible decanonization of their favorite Star Wars story. Luckily, it seems those faithful don’t have much to worry about. If Harold’s comments are any indication, Kenobi hasn’t seen the last of the Grand Inquisitor. There have already been quite a few theories on how he may have survived this ordeal, and we’ll likely find out later in the series if at all. Still, it looks like fans don’t have to worry about how it’ll affect canon moving forward.
Source: Vanity Fair