Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries has just premiered and people seem to be quite satisfied, despite a slow start. Ewan McGregor has finally returned to the role that made him famous and fans around the world are happy to have him back. But, as we have said, despite a slow start, Obi-Wan Kenobi has provided us with some intriguing and shocking moments in its first two episodes. One of them is the apparent death of the Grand Inquisitor, a famous character from the Star Wars lore and in this article, we are going to tell you whether the death is real or not.
The Grand Inquisitor is seemingly killed by the Third Sister at the end of Episode 2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Based on what is known about the character from the expanded universe, he will survive the stabbing and will return in future episodes. So, unless Disney actually decided to retcon the Grand Inquisitor’s story, he did not die in Episode 2.
In the remainder of this article, we are going to talk about the Grand Inquisitor and his story within the larger Star Wars narrative universe. The goal of this article is to answer the question that’s been bothering fans since Episode 2 and to give you some facts about the character as well. Be careful, as there are going to be spoilers.
Does the Grand Inquisitor die in Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Towards the end of Episode 2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, we see the Third Sister locate Obi-Wan and a young Leia as they are about to escape. Obi-Wan sends Leia away as he hides from the Third Sister. Just as she is about to discover him, the Grand Inquisitor arrives at the scene. He questions the Third Sister’s capabilities to capture Obi-Wan and berates her for being too ambitious, since she wanted to gain more favor with Darth Vader by bringing his former Master to him.
The Grand Inquisitor told her to step aside, as he was going to capture Obi-Wan and take all the credit for himself. The Third Sister seemingly listened to his orders, but then suddenly stabbed him in the stomach, seemingly killing him and telling him that she would certainly not allow him to take all of the credit for himself. Unfortunately for them, Obi-Wan Kenobi used the commotion to escape with Leia.
This leaves us with the question – is the Grand Inquisitor really dead? He is a very important character to the Star Wars lore and a very powerful one as well. Namely, the story of the Grand Inquisitor is much bigger than we’ve seen in the miniseries and, in all honesty, even if we did not know what do know, it wouldn’t make sense for such a big character to die so quickly and in such a banal manner. So, is the Grand Inquisitor dead?
By all means, the Grand Inquisitor survives his altercation with the Third Sister. His story goes beyond the events of this series and we actually know, from the Legends universe, how he dies and this is not how he dies. Now, Disney might decide to retcon his story, that much is true, but that is something we cannot really predict; from what we know, he is not dead.
This leaves the question of the Third Sister’s fate and how the show will handle his “resurrection”, but we assume that the upcoming episodes will take care of that in a proper matter. Unless, again, Disney decided to retcon his story altogether.
What happened to the Grand Inquisitor? How does he die?
We know that the Grand Inquisitor was a very useful pawn in the hands of the Empire. Since we don’t know when exactly the miniseries is going to end in terms of the Star Wars chronology, we are going to tell you about the Grand Inquisitor’s fate just before and after his death in the narrative of Lucas’ fictional universe.
Our story is going to start on the Day of the Empire, a celebration of the 15 years of the New Order. During the celebrations, the rebels detonated a new fighter, the Advanced TIE v1, and then attempted to flee. They escaped Kallus by flying away in their ship, but the Inquisitor chased them with a squadron of TIE fighters.
Before the Ghost went into hyperspace, the Inquisitor planted a beacon on the Phantom’s hull. He then joined the deck of the Relentless, where he met Admiral Kassius Konstantine who was following the snitch stuck on the Ghost. The signal took them to an asteroid field. Upon arriving there, a Sentinel-class shuttle separated from the Relentless to reach Fort Anaxes, with the Inquisitor and Stormtroopers.
Upon entering the fort, they saw Kanan and Ezra sitting in meditation in front of a group of fyrnocks. Using the Force, Kanan and Ezra sent the monsters to attack the Imperials. Kanan and the Inquisitor began to fight with lightsabers, but the Inquisitor threw Kanan with a Force thrust. Ezra retrieved Kanan’s saber and tried to protect him, but the Inquisitor easily took his saber from him.
He approached them to finish them off and threw Ezra close to the void. The latter got up and gave in to anger, approaching the dark side, pushed by the Inquisitor who was telling him about the death of all his relatives. He managed to connect with a huge old and injured fyrnock which he sent to attack, before collapsing to the ground exhausted by this excessive use of the Force.
Kanan regained consciousness and retrieved Ezra with his saber while the Inquisitor held the huge creature at bay with his double lightsaber. Taking advantage of the confusion, the rebels board the Ghost and flee, destroying the Imperial shuttle that remains on the ground. Upon Grand Moff Tarkin’s arrival, the Inquisitor slew Commander Cumberlayne Aresko and Myles Grint on his orders, for their failures to capture Lothal’s rebels.
When the rebels they were hunting hatched a plan to take control of the Imperial communications tower, he joined in the operation to capture them. He confronted Kanan and managed to defeat him and take him prisoner. The other rebels managed to escape and broadcast a message from the tower. On Tarkin’s cruiser, the Inquisitor participated in the interrogation and torture of Kanan Jarrus.
Faced with his lack of response, the Grand Moff decided to leave for Mustafar, with his prisoner at his side. The Inquisitor spoke at length to Kanan, reminding him of the death of his master Depa Billaba, and that he cowardly fled in Order 66. Upon the arrival of the other rebels who infiltrated the cruiser, he left his prisoner’s cell exclaiming that their arrival was predictable.
When Ezra and Kanan enter the central reactor room of the cruiser, they were badly surprised to find the Inquisitor waiting for them. Kanan took Ezra’s lightsaber, while the latter, a few minutes later, drew Kanan’s lightsaber to him, which hung from the Inquisitor’s belt, much to his delight; he was happy to finally have a duel worthy of his talent.
He confronted the two Jedi, and managed to knock Ezra onto a bridge below. Believing he had lost his apprentice, Kanan was completely uninhibited, as he no longer had anything to fear. He retrieved his saber and fought the Inquisitor with both sabers, repeatedly using the blaster function of Ezra Bridger’s lightsaber.
Kanan then lured the Inquisitor to the edge of the reactor and told him that he had indeed acted like a coward 15 years earlier, but now knew there was something more powerful than fear: the Force. At these words, the Inquisitor activated the rotation of his lightsaber, but Kanan slipped his at the level of his handle and cut him in two.
The two parts of the saber fell into the reactor below and caused the onset of overheating. The Inquisitor, clinging to the edge of the catwalk, told Kanan that he had no idea what he had just unleashed and that there were things far more dreadful than death itself. Then he let go and dropped into the burning reactor, dying in the explosion.
His death surprised many, both the other Inquisitors and Emperor Palpatine. It is for this reason that the latter decided to send Darth Vader in person to deal with the rebels of Lothal. Thereafter, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister took over and sought to seize the title of Grand Inquisitor.