Obi-Wan Kenobi Writer Says They’d ‘Never Break the Cannon’ After Grand Inquisitor Debate

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Amid a heated debate over the fate of the Grand Inquisitor, Obi-Wan Kenobi writer Joby Harold assured the masses that the series does in fact follow Star Wars canon.

Spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi ahead!

Fans wonder if the Grand Inquisitor (played by Rupert Friend), who first appeared in Star Wars: Rebels, is dead. Given that Obi-Wan is a prequel series that takes place long before Rebels, his potential death would mean he was never in the animated series at all – thus breaking official Star Wars canon.

In an interview with Vanity Fair (opens in a new tab)Harold was directly asked if the events of Episode 2 broke canon, including Grand Inquisitor dying in Rebels – but in a completely different way.

“As you know, we would like never break canon,” the screenwriter replied. So that’s all I’ll say. Canon is everything.”

When asked if fans should wait to see what happens before deciding it was a mistake or a retcon, Harold said he “couldn’t talk about it at- beyond that,” but reassured fans that the writers “all know where we’re going on the show.”

The moment even shocked Rupert Friend, who let out an “audible gasp”.

“It was quite gratifying because it’s the intention to show. It starts with the Grand Inquisitor, well, standing and enjoying the sound of his own voice. I don’t think we intended that voice to be suddenly cut off like it was.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 arrives on Disney Plus Wednesday, June 8. As for the fate of the Grand Inquisitor, we’ll just have to wait and see.

For more, check out our guide to all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows.

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