The Obi-Wan Kenobi series features the live-action debut of The Grand Inquisitor, but his apparent death and unpopular redesign may be explained by one theory.

which takes place five years before his Star Wars Rebels debut. One unlikely but possible scenario would sufficiently explain both issues, however.

The Grand Inquisitor served as the main antagonist of Rebels in the show’s first season, pursuing former Jedi padawan Kanan Jarrus and aspiring Jedi Ezra Bridger.

Despite his death at the end of the season, The Grand Inquisitor continues to appear in Star Wars canon material, with roles in various comics.

The Grand Inquisitor is an understandably popular character due to these appearances, so when his live-action appearance underwhelmed some viewers, there was a degree of backlash.

Even more frustratingly, The Grand Inquisitor appears to die in the Obi-Wan Kenobi episode “Part II,” seemingly giving the Star Wars canon continuity its greatest contradiction yet.

. Impaled by the Third Sister and left for dead, The Grand Inquisitor’s apparent death is further teased by dialogue in the following episode.

The Obi-Wan series’ head writer, Joby Harold, insists that the series respects the Star Wars canon continuity.