Last week, Disney+ saw the release of the highly anticipated third episode of the series. Obi Wan Kenobi. The episode featured the return of a much-loved and equally feared villain and the introduction of two quick fan favorites. To celebrate these three characters, a character poster was released to showcase each of them.
Obi Wan Kenobi resumes with the titular character (Ewan McGregor) ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. We find the famous retired Jedi hiding from the Empire on Tatooine watching over Luke Skywalker. However, he is brought back into action when a young Princess Leia is kidnapped. The third episode sees Obi-Wan, with Leia in tow, on the mining planet Mapuzo attempting to avoid the Empire and board an off-world ship to bring Leia home.
All character posters follow the same format, with character faces front and center but partially obscured. Their faces are obscured by the twin suns of Tatooine, an iconic image recognizable to all star wars fan. The larger of the two suns sits in front of the character’s left eye with the silhouette of another character in the sun.
The first character poster highlights the character most fans have been asking for since the series was announced, the Sith Lord Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen). The silhouette in the sun is that of Obi-Wan, Vader’s former master and current enemy. Or maybe “prey” is a more accurate term, as the last episode saw Vader chasing Obi-Wan as he frantically tried to escape. The poster also comes with the quote “I am what you made me”. The quote is taken directly from the episode as it is Vader’s line to Obi-Wan’s “what became of you” during their duel.
In the second poster released, fans are introduced to new character Tala Durith, played by game of thrones‘ Indira Varma. In the series, Tala Durith is an Imperial officer who secretly helps smuggle former Jedi and other Force-sensitive individuals from the clutches of the Empire. The silhouette above her eye is also Obi-Wan’s, symbolic of her aiming to help save Obi-Wan and Leia. It also comes with the quote “I am what you made me”, but this time the quote takes on a different meaning than with Vader. Tala Durith explains in the episode that she first joined the Empire because she wanted to make a difference in the Galaxy but was quickly disillusioned with their rule and tyranny. She’s the hero she is because that’s what the Empire made her.
The third character poster is for an instant fan favorite, NED-B. NED-B is a loader droid who works with Tala Durith against the Empire to aid the Jedi. With his few short on-screen moments, NED-B quickly reveals himself to be a lovable gentle giant who’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Obi-Wan and Leia. The silhouette in the sun above his eye is that of Darth Vader, which has some fans worried that this foreshadows the droid’s fate at the hands of the Sith Lord. This poster is once again accompanied by the quote “I am what you made me”, which takes on a literal meaning with NED-B since he is a droid and was literally made. This is the first screen appearance of this type of droid in the star wars universe, however, the model was briefly mentioned in the 2014 novel “A New Dawn”, which served as a prequel to the series rebels.
Obi Wan Kenobi streams exclusively on Disney+, with new episodes premiering Wednesdays. Check out all three character posters below: