Finished “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Season 1? See my updated theory here.
Three episodes into “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” we still have a lot of questions surrounding antagonist Reva Sevander/Third Sister and the status of the Grand Inquisitor, whom she’s trying to replace. How does she know Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker? How can it be that she has a chance to earn the title of Grand Inquisitor when we know the current iteration of the character appears in “Star Wars: Rebels,” which takes place four years after “Obi-Wan Kenobi”? Why was she obsessed with capturing Kenobi, of all the Jedi masters still at large?
Here are some of my theories.
Reva was at the Jedi Temple during Order 66
Many fans have pointed out that we probably saw her during the series’ opening cinematic as a youngling during Order 66, and probably escaped to later join the Inquisitors. I also think this is the case — the timeline matches up in terms of her age, and it is one of the only canonical appearances of Vader before he got burnt to a crisp on Mustafar.
It could also give her motivation for wanting to hunt down Obi-Wan Kenobi in particular, as he was Anakin’s master and I can see why she would think he is partially responsible for his fall. It would also be in line with Dave Filoni’s interpretation of Episode I’s Duel of the Fates, in which he explains that Kenobi wasn’t the right master for Anakin — Qui-Gon Jinn, who perished in that film, was — and as such, was always destined to fail Anakin.
The Grand Inquisitor Isn’t Dead, And Vader Is Playing Reva
The Grand Inquisitor’s death in Part II never felt right to me, mostly because we see him later in “Rebels.” It also felt too easy, and we’ve seen characters survive far worse (such as Darth Maul, who got cut in half).
At the end of Part III, Reva also collects Leia, which is suspicious — she’s served her part in drawing Kenobi out, there is no reason to collect her unless she hopes to exploit her father, Bail, or she’s planning to double cross Vader.
I also feel like the title of Grand Inquisitor might not be what’s she’s after — she does understand, after all, that the Inquisitors only exist so long as there are Jedi to hunt down. When there are no Jedi left, they will probably be disposed of.
I think she is either playing both sides of the conflict between the Empire and the fledgling rebellion, or she has her sights on the only goal that makes sense within the Empire: To usurp Vader.
This would also make sense why she was so obsessed with finding Kenobi — he’s the only Jedi that has been able to defeat Vader, with their encounter in Episode III almost killing him. Even in Episode IV, Vader never quite surpasses Kenobi — he throws the fight to become a force ghost, knowing that letting Luke Skywalker and company escape is far more important.
Whatever she’s up to, I think Vader had the Grand Inquisitor fake his death to let her plans play out, knowing that they might benefit him short-term (like draw Kenobi out). At this point, I think the Grand Inquisitor will make a surprise reveal later on, and either him or Vader will cut Reva down when the time is right. This would also make sense why her insubordination was tolerated for so long — Vader is known to kill his subordinates for much less.