There are tons of Star Wars projects currently in the works at Lucasfilm, but a second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi is not one of them.
Fans have been wondering whether there would be more, which is why Variety asked Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy about it in an interview at Celebration recently. “That is not an active development,” Kennedy replied. “But I never say never, because there’s always the possibility. That show was so well-received and [director] Deborah Chow did such a spectacular job. Ewan McGregor really wants to do another. Everybody’s all hands on deck with what we’re doing right now, as you can see by what we showed everybody [at the Celebration]. We’ll turn our attention to that again maybe down the road.”
In other words, that’s a nice way of saying there are no plans to do it currently. Which honestly shouldn’t be all that surprising, given that the Kenobi series was a six-episode event series and not designed as a recurring series that would return for several seasons. And that’s because there’s the immense challenge of telling stories about Obi-Wan during a time period where he’s in exile, in hiding, on Tatooine. And the team behind Obi-Wan Kenobi did a great job at explaining why he would wind up off-planet, but to have another adventure like that would very easily cheapen both seasons, and Kenobi’s purpose during this time.
But the end of the series did include Qui-Gon Jinn showing up to teach Obi-Wan, so there’s the potential to show Kenobi staying on Tatooine but learning and growing as a Jedi through this training. That’s the direction that a second season could take, and it would be terrific to see Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson on-screen as these characters together again. Getting to see these actors return – from McGregor to Neeson to Hayden Christensen to Ian McDiarmid – was one of the biggest reason why doing the project made so much sense in the first place, so it could easily be the biggest reason why a second season would get green-lit.
At least for now, though, Lucasfilm isn’t planning on that. Which is honestly quite understandable, both from a story perspective and a studio perspective, as there are a lot of other projects being prioritized for the moment.