The head writer of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Joby Harold, revealed that he is not forcing a second season of the Star Wars series. With the events of the show taking place between Episode III and Episode IV, Harold has described the show as “Episode III.5.”
Lucasfilm has billed the Disney+ spinoff series as a six-part limited series, bridging the gap between Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan’s (Ewan McGregor) first clash on Mustafar back in Revenge of the Sith and their final battle on the Death Star in A New Hope.
Joby Harold responded to rumors of Obi-Wan Kenobi when he was interviewed by Deadline ahead of the potential finale of the series premiering on Disney+ on June 22.
Will There Be Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 2?
In a recent interview with the Obi-Wan Kenobi’s head writer, he responded to the rumors regarding a potential second season of the show. "I'm being asked about it constantly. I've just been thinking about this for so long as a close-ended story that my mind is so focused on this as a sort of limited [series], that I haven't thought beyond it," Harold said. "But he's a great character. They're all amazing characters."
When he was asked if he’s currently developing a second Star Wars series outside of the second season of Obi-Wan, Harold responded, "I can't speak to any of these questions (laughs). But I love Star Wars, and the experience of working on Star Wars hasn't changed that in any way. It's only made it a bigger part of my life, and I feel lucky to be a part of it."
The director of the series, Deborah Chow, was also asked about future episodes for the show. In a recent interview with RadioTimes.com, Chow noted that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was envisioned as a limited series and "not an adventure-of-the-week sort of story" like the other ongoing adventures of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu in The Mandalorian series.
"It's one big story with a beginning, middle and end. So I think this story was very much conceived to be its own standalone," Chow added. "I mean, there are of course more stories that you could tell. There's obviously another 10 years before we get to A New Hope and with a character like Obi-Wan Kenobi, I think even just watching him ride across the sand sometimes is interesting. So, who knows? It's hard to say right now, but it was not the intention."
Ewan McGregor, who resprised his role for the first time since Revenge of the Sith back in 2005, also described the show as a "one-off limited series" and a means of "bridging a story between III and IV and bringing me closer to Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan in A New Hope." When he was asked by Entertainment Weekly previously if he might return in a second season, McGregor teased, "Would I like to make another one? Yeah, I would like to make another one."
As of now, there’s still no confirmation or any announcement from Lucasfilm if Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting a second season.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is available to stream on Disney+.