With the conclusion of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Season 1, the story of series antagonist Reva Sevander/The Third Sister (Moses Ingram) is left wide open, with Reva left to decide her own fate as she is tossed away by the Empire, and turns away from the dark side of the force.
In an earlier column, I described how I think she will become an apprentice to Obi-Wan, and I still think that is the most likely scenario for her character, as she just knows too much about Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and Obi-Wan actor Ewan McGregor has expressed interest in returning for a second season of the show.
But it would certainly be in line with Disney Plus’ track record to give Reva her own show, in the same vein as “The Book of Boba Fett,” “Echo” and “House of Harkness,” in which the streaming giant greenlit spinoff shows of popular characters from other original series. I think Disney does this to make it appear like their platform is more populated by original content than it actually is, and while their live action shows are usually pricey, the least they have to do to entertain fans is make a decent opening episode and great finale, and use those to sandwich four, meandering middle episodes — such is the advantage of the weekly-released six-episode season format most of their live action original shows follow (and presumably what a potential Reva show would follow).
With that being said, where would a Reva series go? And would there be enough viewer interest to justify it? Here are a few thoughts on what Disney could and should do for a possible Reva Sevander Disney Plus series, if they chose to go that route.
Have Obi-Wan appear in Episodes 1 and 2
In order for this show to make sense, we need to see what happens to Reva at the end of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and that will involve interacting with Obi-Wan on Tatooine. It will also serve as a means to drum up initial interest in the series, given that Reva was only just established as a character in “Obi-Wan Kenobi” — Ewan McGregor will help sell it.
I would strongly advise that Disney limits Obi-Wan’s interaction in the show to just episodes 1 and 2, else it will risk doing what happened with Din Djarin in “The Book of Boba Fett” — Mando stole the show, and that series basically became “The Mandalorian” Season 2.5.
Have flashbacks to her training with Darth Vader, but don’t have her confront him in the present day
In order to understand Reva as a character, we need to see what she went through training as an Inquisitor. Perhaps she was on her own for a time before she was recruited by the Inquisitors, who offered her a twisted form of salvation, and it’s a given that Darth Vader, who killed her peers at the Jedi Temple years ago, put her through hell, and she used her hatred for Vader to keep her grounded in the dark side.
In order to illustrate this, we need flashbacks, which will give Disney another opportunity to wheel out Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, which will also help sell the series to “Star Wars” fans. However, I think it would be foolish to have her confront Vader in the present day, as she would clearly lose that confrontation.
She needs to clash with the Grand Inquisitor again
At the end of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Darth Vader and the Grand Inquisitor leave Reva wounded but alive, seemingly encouraging her to seek revenge to find power in the dark side in order to keep living (“Revenge does wonders for the will to live, don’t you think?” says the Grand Inquisitor, who suffered a similar wound earlier in the show).
Why did they let her live? This makes me think that they’re not done with Reva yet, or don’t consider her a threat. In order for us to find out, I think she has to clash with the Grand Inquisitor, which would also fill a key need this show has — lightsaber fights, and those can’t be hopelessly one-sided, like her “duel” with Vader in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” The Grand Inquisitor would be a challenging opponent Reva would have a chance at defeating, who could also serve as a way to reveal the Empire’s plans for her, past, present and future.
A new lightsaber
Speaking of lightsaber fights, she’ll need a new lightsaber, having abandoned her Inquisitor helicopter blade at the end of “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Maybe she can get a new crystal and parts from Obi-Wan? Or maybe she can repurpose parts from her old, Inquisitor-saber.
Connections with the budding Rebel Alliance
Thanks to “Star Wars: Rebels,” which takes place shortly after “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” we know that the Rebel Alliance is starting to form. It makes sense for Reva to seek them out, seeing as they are the only means to end the Empire and its oppression.
I don’t think the show should lean fully into her joining the rebels, though — we’ve seen Rebels vs. Empire done to death. But there should be some mention of them or connection to them.
The show should be about overcoming trauma and redemption
While Reva is free to choose her own path at the end of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” the trauma of what was done to her and what she’s done to others will still follow her, and until she overcomes that, it will serve as a barrier to her becoming her own person. She also has a lot to atone for.
The show will have to be careful though, because overcoming trauma and finding redemption was pretty much Obi-Wan’s arc in his show, although his redemption story revolved round finally letting himself realize that he wasn’t responsible for the fall of Anakin Skywalker — Anakin made his own choices. Reva has legitimately murdered innocent people and has been specifically hunting Jedi down for years — her journey should be less of learning to forgive herself and more of atonement.
I still think that it would be best to have Reva as a supporting character in a second season of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” but if Disney decides to give her a Disney Plus show, there’s a few places they can go,
Regardless, I think she is going to go through a metamorphosis as a character, wherever we see her next.