Warning: Full spoilers follow for Episode V of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
All bets are off, as Deborah Chow’s Obi-Wan Kenobi heads into its final episode. The limited series has introduced newcomers including Vivien Lyra Blair’s young Princess Leia and Indira Varma’s Tala to the galaxy far, far away, but undoubtedly, the talking point has been Moses Ingram’s Reva. Despite the Force-sensitive Third Sister being positioned as Darth Vader’s golden girl, the series has turned her into a much more complex villain.
From the moment Kenobi opened with the flashback to Order 66 with an unknown group of younglings, fans have questioned Reva’s obsession with Obi-Wan and how it would play out across the six-episode run. Now that the gaps between George Lucas’ trilogies are nearly filled, it’s time to look back at the past, present, and future of Third Sister, to discover if this is the end of the Kessel Run for Reva.
The History Between Reva and Darth Vader
Confirming what most had already theorized, June 15’s ‘Part V’ made good on the idea Reva was one of the younglings from Revenge of the Sith’s Jedi Temple massacre. Away from flashbacks of Anakin and Obi-Wan training on Coruscant, things briefly jumped to Episode III and showed the moment “The Chosen One” fully embraced the Dark Side. It’s unclear what happened to Reva after she hid among the bodies of her friends, but we know the Inquisitors found her in “the gutter.” It’s with this remark that Rupert Friend’s Grand Inquisitor keeps a hold over Reva’s tragic past.
At some point after Order 66, Reva puts her Force-sensitive powers to good work by hunting down the dwindling Jedi ranks. Assuming she’s like the rest of the younglings and was taken from her real parents early on, it explains why Reva refers to those Anakin killed as her family. It’s this hatred that she also aims at Obi-Wan – saying he should’ve been there to protect them instead of fighting General Grievous’ forces on Utapau.
When we first meet Reva, she’s a promising member of the Imperial Inquisition who has earned the title of Third Sister. Given that Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is part of the franchise’s current canon, she’s seemingly the successor to Trilla Suduri’s Second Sister who was the big bad of 2019’s game. The hot-headed Third Sister is introduced as part of Vader’s elite force intent on hunting down the remaining Jedi who’ve escaped Order 66, while other major players include Sung Kang’s Fifth Brother and the Grand Inquisitor.
What Happens To Reva Now?
A stab with a lightsaber is a minor injury in Star Wars – with Darth Maul proving you can survive being sliced in half. Vader already killed Suduri for her betrayal in Fallen Order, so it’s unlikely history will repeat itself in that way. The Grand Inquisitor himself says, “Revenge does wonders for the will to live,” and as Reva has always been hell-bent on revenge against Vader and Obi-Wan, a final showdown on Tatooine with one or both of them looks likely.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi Tomb
Although the idea that Reva heads for Luke and uses him as his own bargaining chip to get closer to Vader works in principle, there are still some substantial gaps in the story. Even though Vader knows Luke is his son by the time we get to The Empire Strikes Back, it doesn’t make sense that he’d leave him on Tatooine for years without taking him out or trying to recruit him to the Dark Side. Also, if Vader knows that both Luke and Obi-Wan are on Tatooine, his mission of vengeance would’ve undoubtedly taken him there to best his former master. All of this means Reva presumably doesn’t get the message of Anakin’s secret children to him before Kenobi wraps. More likely, Obi-Wan will cross lightsabers with Reva and stop his diabolical plan in his tracks.
Much like Obi-Wan showed mercy to Anakin on Mustafar, it’s hard to imagine the mellowed Old Ben killing Reva. Star Wars loves a good villain turn – with everyone from Kylo Ren to Vader himself showing there’s still some good inside – so it depends on what happens with Luke and what Reva is willing to do with the future franchise hero. A happy ending would see her going the way of Quinlan Vos and taking the Path into a new life with a new identity, but it hinges on how far she’s strayed into Anakin’s own blind “need for victory” or whether there are any of the Jedi’s sage teachings still within her.
Luke, Obi-Wan, and Vader are all dressed in iron-cast plot armour, and although there are rumors of a Reva spin-off, the likes of Cassian Andor of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reminds us that doesn’t mean much. As there’s no mention of Reva in Lucas’ original trilogy or the sequels that started with The Force Awakens, things aren’t looking great for her right now. Either way, Obi-Wan viewers are expecting at least one more lightsaber duel before the twin suns set in Episode 6. Will Reva live to fight another day? The Jedi Council is out on that one.