OBI-WAN KENOBI Just Broke An Impressive Disney+ Record Previously Held By THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT

It's now been a week since the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale arrived on Disney+, and new data reveals that the series has broken a record previously held by The Book of Boba Fett. Find more details after the jump!

Deadline reports that the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale drew a five-day (Wednesday to Sunday) audience of 1.8 million U.S. households, a 20% rise from The Book of Boba Fett's 1.5 million U.S. households earlier this year. This data comes from Samba TV, so is only based on 3 million U.S. households and is not representative of the full viewing figures. 

However, the numbers are still interesting and give Obi-Wan Kenobi the honour of having the most-viewed finale of any Star Wars TV series on Disney+. 

The show's first two episodes dropped on the Friday of the four-day Memorial Day weekend last month, and brought in 2.14 million viewers during that period. It's typical to see a dip between a premiere and finale, but Obi-Wan Kenobi did a solid job of maintaining its audience and remains the most-viewed original series on the streaming service.

The finale also faced stiff competition last Wednesday as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness made its streaming debut. That drew 2.1 million viewers over five days, matching Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but beating Eternals' 2 million viewers. 

"Obi-Wan Kenobi is a showcase for the immense talents of Ewan McGregor and Vivien Lyra Blair, and after just two episodes, it's already on a par with The Mandalorian as the best Star Wars TV series yet," we said in our review of the show's premiere last month. 

The response from fans to all six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi has been extremely positive, and despite some nitpicks, it's clearly a hit. There's still no official word on a season 2, but you don't have to look far online to find rumblings that Lucasfilm already has plans to tell more Ben Kenobi stories. 


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Obi-Wan Kenobi sets up a possible second season!

5. Darth Vader's Mission Is Over...For Now

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After being defeated by Obi-Wan, a furious Darth Vader returns to Mustafar and vows to do whatever it takes to find and destroy his former Master. Emperor Palpatine seems concerned by this and dissuades his Apprentice from continuing down this path, especially as he senses weakness within the Sith Lord. 

We caught a glimpse of that in Anakin's eye during his final exchange with Obi-Wan, and another clash between the two could very well see Vader tempted to turn his back on the Dark Side. A fourth battle between these former friends before A New Hope would arguably feel way too forced (no pun intended), but that doesn't mean the villain can't still factor into a second season. 

Something happened between the events of this series and Episode IV that left Vader feeling like he was the Master now. Having his story play out in the periphery might be fun, particularly if it drives home to Ben that leaving his former Padawan alive...well, it might not have been the best idea. 

We have an idea who could serve as an antagonist to both characters and will get to that a little later...

4. Birth Of The Rebellion

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The "soldiers" who helped Obi-Wan in the second half of this series don't get a huge amount of screentime, but appear to be potential founders of what would become known as the Rebel Alliance. They're fighting the good fight and have ties to the Jedi, so we'd bet on them factoring into any number of future stories, including this summer's Andor.

However, seeing as the Rogue One prequel takes place around five years after Obi-Wan Kenobi, there's a good chance some of these Rebels could cross paths with Ben again before that. 

It all depends on when a possible season 2 takes place, though we'd bet on Lucasfilm not wanting to get too close to A New Hope. Either way, with Luke Skywalker safe with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru and Princess Leia back on Alderaan, it makes way more sense for this ragtag group - and some of the Jedi they've helped - to turn to Obi-Wan for help. 

Don't be surprised if that ends up involving Cal Kestis' live-action debut! 

3. Reva's Story Is Far From Done

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Reva and the Sith Inquisitors were an interesting addition to Obi-Wan Kenobi. On the one hand, the show really wouldn't have suffered without them. and seeing as they never clashed with Ben, the series didn't do the best job of revealing what it is they can do. 

Despite that, Reva's story was one we greatly enjoyed following, particularly after learning more about her history with Anakin Skywalker and how she managed to survive Order 66. 

While we know she hid among the bodies of her fellow slaughtered Younglings, what we don't know is what led to Reva falling into the clutches of the Sith Inquisitors. That's the sort of story a future novel or comic book can probably tell, but as for what comes next, there's not really a logical choice of series for the conflicted villain to be part of. 

Andor is a big maybe, but The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, The Acolyte, and Skeleton Crew all take place at the wrong times. With that in mind, Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 picking up with Reva and possibly reuniting her with Ben might make the most sense and lead to some exciting new stories. 

2. Obi-Wan Kenobi's Training Begins

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In one of Obi-Wan Kenobi's best fan-pleasing moments, Liam Neeson returns as Qui-Gon Jinn and suggests this is where Ben's training begins.

We know the fallen Jedi Master figured out how to return as a Force Ghost sometime after his demise in The Phantom Menace, and it's this training that will eventually make Obi-Wan more powerful than even Vader could imagine. It might be fun to see some of those lessons, but it probably shouldn't be the focus of a second season. 

It could certainly factor into where his story goes next (heck, perhaps he'll even have to track down Yoda on Dagobah), but by freeing Obi-Wan of the responsibility of constantly watching over Luke, Ben can leave the planet if he really needs to. 

Hopefully, Neeson can be convinced to return as an exploration of the dynamic between them during this time would be a joy to explore. We could even get some flashbacks to their adventures prior to Episode I!

1. A New Foe

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The costume above has struck a chord with Star Wars fans. Taking inspiration from a statue released way back in 2012, it's also been featured in various Marvel Comics titles that have showcased the further adventures of Obi-Wan on Tatooine. It's no wonder, then, that fans are eager to see what Ben does next. 

With Vader potentially sidelined, the big question will be who would make a worthy foe to the powerful Jedi Master. Rumour has it the original plan for this series was to have Maul return to pursue Obi-Wan and Luke throughout the Galaxy. That idea can be revisited (minus the kid), fleshing out the villain's Star Wars Rebels mission to hunt his old foe down. 

Lucasfilm might have to play a little fast and loose with continuity to make this work, but with Dave Filoni's input, we're sure it wouldn't be too hard to figure out. 

There's nothing specifically in Obi-Wan Kenobi that points to Maul appearing. However, we do think the series opens the door to the possibility down the line and, if The Phantom Menace baddie faces Vader along the way, that would be even better!

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