OBI-WAN KENOBI Head Writer Addresses Ben Solo/Kylo Ren Connections of A NEW HOPE and STAR WARS Sequels

Obi Wan Kenobi Head Writer Joby Harold explained how the series better explains the events of A new hope and discusses how this show is related to Kylo Ren’s real name in the star wars suites…

After Revenge of the Sith came out in 2005, we all assumed that was the last time Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker crossed paths before they ended up in A new hope. Good, Obi Wan Kenobi now fills in some of the gaps between those two films, delivering an epic rematch between “Ben” and Darth Vader (with another on the way…we hope).

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter (Going through, Obi Wan Kenobi Head Writer Joby Harold was asked about inventing the past and recontextualizing the future with this Disney+ series, which includes building a relationship between Ben and Princess Leia that definitely changes a lot of what we have seen in both the original trilogy and the sequels.

“It was very useful to know where they were going because it answered the question ‘Why him?’ So, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You are my only hope”, seems less arbitrary as a choice and a decision now that we know the depth of the history they have together”, explains Harold. “The context in which Leia says this in A New Hope is now canon, and that’s clear.”

“So it will be articulated as the show goes on, but I liked that it helped reinforce and better articulate a little piece of the puzzle that’s already in place. If you look at all the Star Wars stories in a row right now, you’d be like, ‘Of course she’s going to go Obi-Wan,'” he adds. “She also ends up naming her son, Ben [Adam Driver]. So I liked that he was a big part of his life, just as much as he was in Luke’s life so far.”

“It was right after everything that happened with Anakin and those two kids that he would be there for the two kids, in that he’s now hot.”

It always seemed a bit odd that Han Solo and Leia Organa would call their son Ben given their lack of history with the Jedi Master. Knowing for sure that his name paid homage to Obi-Wan, in many ways, makes Kylo Ren’s fall from the dark side even more tragic than it seemed.

With the rumblings of a Obi Wan Kenobi season 2 and two episodes of this first run remaining, Lucasfilm can continue to add context to previous films, while telling new stories. As for the sequels, more context can surely only improve what many consider to be a disappointing trilogy and a disappointing way to conclude the Skywalker saga.