Possible Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 story details are teased by writer Stuart Beattie. Ever since the miniseries reached its end on Disney+ earlier this month, rumors have been running rampant about the potential for season 2, with two of its leading actors, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, having vocally expressed their support to continue the series beyond its first batch of episodes. While plans for a season 2 have yet to be confirmed, Beattie, the writer of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, recently revealed that the project was originally conceived as a trilogy of films, further sparking speculation about the future of the beloved Star Wars character.
Beattie was credited as a writer for Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes 1, 2, 3, and 6, but his original idea for a spinoff project based on the exiled Jedi Master looked significantly different than what fans ended up seeing on-screen. Despite the show’s success, a portion of the Star Wars fanbase has expressed that it would have been a better told as a film, which was exactly Lucasfilm’s plan prior to their decision to make it into a Disney+ miniseries. Beattie revealed that he only wrote the screenplay for the original feature film that the show was based on, and never actually collaborated with the series’ writers. He also said his original story pitch to Lucasfilm in 2016 involved convincing them to make an entire Obi-Wan Kenobi trilogy, the first of which ended up becoming season 1 of the series.
While speaking with The Direct, Beattie reveals his original story pitch for the second movie in his Obi-Wan Kenobi trilogy, which, based on the logic that his first film laid the groundwork for season 1, could potentially serve as the inspiration for season 2. According to the writer, the second instillation in his planned trilogy would focus on the Jedi Master coming “to terms with his own mortality” prior to his sacrifice in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Beattie’s full quote can be read below:
So again, it’s one of those universal things we all struggle with, to come to terms with our own mortality. So, that was the second step of the evolution for me, that Obi-Wan now has to come to terms with his own mortality, somehow in a prophecy, or Qui-Gon telling him, ‘There’s going to come a moment where you’re gonna have to sacrifice yourself for the good,’ And then [Obi-Wan] is like, ‘What? No, no, no, no, I’m here to help… I can’t, no.’ And get him to that point where Obi Wan has accepted the idea that he’s going to die, and that he’s going to die willingly at a crucial moment, and you will know when that moment presents itself. So that when that moment comes up in [A New Hope], you understand. He’s recognizing he’s been on this journey already, and he’s waiting for this moment, and that’s how he’s able to make it so easily. To do this [sacrifice], and die. So that to me was the second evolution, the second film, the second story. So for me, if I have anything to do with the second season of Obi Wan, that’s the character evolution that I would take him on. That, to me, is really interesting. And like I said, universal.
Obi-Wan speaks with Qui-Gon’s ghost in the Kenobi finale
Liam Neeson’s brief cameo as Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force ghost was easily one of the more memorable parts of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and was met with nothing short of enthusiasm from fans of the prequels. In the season finale, it’s implied that Obi-Wan will live out his remaining 10 years on Tatooine learning how to become a Force ghost under Qui-Gon’s guidance, which aligns almost perfectly with Beattie’s original story idea for his second trilogy movie. This means fans could expect to see much more of Qui-Gon teaching his former Padawan the ways of the Force in future storylines – but only if Disney decides to move forward with Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2. In the same interview, Beattie confirms that McGregor was “on board” with the idea of an Obi-Wan Kenobi trilogy, an attitude that seems to have carried over into making more seasons of the Disney+ show.
Beattie admits to being “devastated” when he initially found out the Obi-Wan Kenobi project was no longer going ahead as a movie, but expresses gratitude about the fact that, ultimately, his story was told. While Lucasfilm allegedly hadn’t hired him to submit a treatment for any projects past the first film, thanks to increasing pressure from fans, Beattie might just find himself able to incorporate his ideas into an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 soon. All episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are available to stream on Disney+.