‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Quietly Killed Off a Fan-Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Character in Episode 4
Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 4 spoilers follow.
It’s official: Obi-Wan Kenobi has turned to the Dark Side. Well, not Obi-Wan himself, although Ben is looking a little worse for wear these days, mentally speaking. But no, the show itself has been growing darker and darker with each passing week, noticeably more than most other Star Wars projects released in recent memory.
Much of that is down to Obi-Wan’s despair over Anakin and the tortured dynamic he shares with Darth Vader. But this week, episode four also ventured deeper into the realms of horror with a gruesome discovery hidden deep within Fortress Inquisitorius, an Imperial underwater base that’s located on the moon Nur.
Around 19 minutes into the episode, Obi-Wan stumbles across what appears to be a tomb. And while many bodies are discovered, including a youngling who will now remain forever young, Ben is most surprised to find the corpse of Jar Jar Binks floating in a transparent orange casket…
Except, that’s wishful thinking, sorry. This curious-looking fellow isn’t Jar Jar at all. He’s actually Tera Sinube, a Jedi Master who last appeared in The Clone Wars animated series. While this isn’t the live-action debut that fans might have hoped for, it’s still bittersweet to see fan favorites like Tera finally acknowledged in more mainstream fare like this.
Who is Tera Sinube?
Tera Sinube, RIP, was a male Cosian Jedi Master who sat on the Jedi High Council before the Invasion of Naboo. In later years, he studied the criminal underbelly of Coruscant and became the Star Wars equivalent of Columbo, an unassuming detective who used his keen observation skills to solve crime and be a badass.
Even as his body started to slow down, Tera’s mind remained quick, thanks in part to the Force, which bolstered his already considerable detective skills. That’s most evident in The Clone Wars episode ‘Lightsaber Lost,’ where he helped Ahsoka Tano, yep that Ahsoka, retrieve her lightsaber from a thief named Bannamu.
Later on, Tera also trained younglings in the ways of The Force on Coruscant, which could possibly explain how he ended up here dead in a tank.
At the start of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s first episode, we see the Sith attack a temple full of younglings as part of the deadly Order 66. While Tera himself didn’t show up in that scene, the appearance of a dead youngling in a tank near his corpse suggests that the adorable old Master probably died defending one of his charges.
The rest of the bodies on display don’t seem as significant, at least for diehard fans, although some viewers have suggested that another Jedi Master, Pablo-Jill, may appear in a wider shot of the tomb.
The Ongre Force-user only showed up in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones before his second appearance was cut from Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Given how much this show loves deep cuts, we wouldn’t be surprised if that throwaway character was thrown away quite literally in this creepy old tomb.
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If you’re looking out for the body of Quinlan Vos, don’t worry too much just yet. Had he been there, Obi-Wan would have likely spotted the Jedi Master and reacted in a big way, so we reckon he’s still alive with a potential cameo on the horizon…
And while we have our tinfoil hats on, what if that’s not the only cameo heading our way? What if Tera Sinube ends up being alive, after all? Kenobi describes this location as a tomb, but there’s a very small chance that this could just be a weird holding cell, freezing everyone in place like Han Solo was frozen in Carbonite.
Admittedly, this does seem unlikely. The Inquisitors aren’t exactly known for their mercy, and it’s unclear why they would want to keep powerful enemies alive like this. Still, you can’t blame us for holding onto a bit of hope. Because it looks like things are going to get even darker before they get better in the last two episodes of this show.
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