The following article features spoilers for episode five of Obi-Wan Kenobi, proceed with caution.
The stage has been set for one hell of a final battle. The penultimate episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi gave us a lot to unpack as we prepare for the conclusion.
There was a dramatic twist involving a major character (albeit one that fans have been theorising about since episode one), and a climactic moment that teased the location of the Jedi’s lightsaber showdown with Darth Vader.
Here are the biggest takeaways from episode five of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Reva’s Origin And Her Demise?
Since episode one opened with a flashback to Order 66, there have been fan theories that Reva was one of the younglings who survived the massacre – this week, those were proven right.
Moses Ingram’s character is revealed to be less of a villain and more of a deeply conflicted anti-hero. Reva tells Kenobi she was there when Anakin attacked the younglings, who she was too weak to help, hiding amongst their dead bodies to escape the same fate.
However, the episode’s other twist (that Anakin/Vader knew her true identity all along) has similarly been hinted at earlier in the series.
Rupert Friend’s Grand Inquisitor previously stated that Reva had come to them “from the gutter”. This line is then menacingly repeated back to her after she’s left for dead following a seemingly fateful lightsaber attack.
In that scene, master tactician Vader reveals that he knew about Reva’s identity, but her conflicted anger that’s shared equally between him and the Jedi has proved useful up until this point.
She’s left for dead – but, in classic Star Wars style it’s safe to assume that she has survived and will reappear in the finale next week.
What Next For The Skywalker Children?
It may look like Vader has the upper hand, but Reva has been left with information he won’t know until several years later in the Star Wars timeline.
In the final moments of the episode, she discovers that Luke Skywalker can be found on Tatooine, with the final shot being Anakin’s son sleeping peacefully in bed, unaware of what might happen.
The challenge with a prequel is knowing that Luke’s going to emerge from this safely, with Vader still unaware of his identity. But if they do think Reva’s dead, and she’s looking to get revenge, is there a greater plan than simply attacking his son?
After all, Reva was only a child when Anakin initially attacked. If she’s serious about revenge, she’ll happily corner an innocent to hit him where it hurts – even if, crucially, he still won’t know about Luke’s identity for many years to come.
The Final Showdown
Closing the episode with Luke sleeping soundly at the Lars family farm is a statement of intent: next week’s finale will bring the action to Tatooine.
This isn’t just because of Reva’s blossoming revenge plot, her sole motivation after suffering a humiliating setback this week, but because Obi-Wan will also be heading there.
Receiving a hologram message from Bail Organa, Kenobi is told that if he doesn’t get in touch with him, he’ll be going to Tatooine to help Owen Lars with his son.
By the very nature of the Star Wars chronology, the series has to end with Obi-Wan on Tatooine. We also know he’ll be battling Vader at some point – but will his climactic battle be against Reva too to save Luke?
We’ll find out next week when the much anticipated finale airs.