Warning: This article contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Third Sister / Reva quickly became one of the most compelling new characters introduced in Obi-Wan Kenobi. As one of the Inquisitors hunting down Jedi survivors and Force-sensitive children, she is initially presented as a merciless, ambitious, and impatient villain.
As the series progresses, she is revealed to be a more nuanced character with a tragic backstory, which explains her personal stake in the hunt for Obi-Wan. Throughout Moses Ingram’s riveting performance, the Third Sister has many memorable quotes that provide insight into her character and that tie into the larger themes of the series.
A Hand To Remember
“Hands go first! That way, when you reach for anything, you think of us.”
The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi does not waste any time in showing the Third Sister’s ruthlessness. When she demands that the people of Tatooine reveal any information they have on the Jedi survivor Nari, she threatens to cut off their hands.
When a Tatooine woman protests that the Inquisitors and the Empire have no jurisdiction in the Outer Rim, the Third Sister follows through on her threat and uses her lightsaber to sever the woman’s hand. Not only does Reva want to hurt the woman at this moment, but she wants the woman to always carry her pain with her, just as Reva must always carry the pain of her traumatic past.
The Failure Of The Jedi
“The Jedi are cowards. They failed you, abandoned you. There is no point in protecting them. They would not do the same for you.”
When Reva says this, it is not just a manipulative tactic to get information. This is how she genuinely feels about the Jedi because of how they failed her as a child. As a Jedi youngling who survived Order 66, she watched former Jedi Anakin Skywalker slaughter her fellow younglings.
For all their heroics and nobility, the Jedi were not able to save those innocent lives, with a former Jedi even being the one responsible for the horrific massacre. Knowing this backstory puts more power and tragedy behind her words in this tense moment.
A Shocking Revelation
“He’s alive, Obi-Wan. Anakin Skywalker is alive.”
The Third Sister delivers one of the biggest bombshells in the series as she reveals to Obi-Wan that Anakin Skywalker is still alive. During his decade spent in exile on Tatooine and cut off from the galaxy and interaction with others, Obi-Wan did not know that his old friend survived their lightsaber duel on Mustafar. Reva is equally surprised and delighted to realize that Obi-Wan does not know this and is eager to share the news with him.
This scene is a testament to the Third Sister’s character as she shares this bombshell with all of the gravitas it deserves, all while digging the knife into the emotional wounds that have haunted Obi-Wan for the past decade. In addition to being a shocking moment for Obi-Wan, it also raises intriguing questions about how the Third Sister knows that Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker, a truth that is revealed in later episodes.
The Third Sister Gets The Last Word (For Now)
“Who’s in the gutter now?”
After seeing the Grand Inquisitor sneer and look down on Reva, there is something satisfying about seeing her plunge a lightsaber through his stomach and seemingly kill him. Even though Reva is a ruthless villain hunting down characters that the audience loves, she also made herself a relatable character by being an underdog who is mistreated and undervalued by her superiors and her peers. Not only is she willing to betray and possibly kill the Grand Inquisitor, but she does it by savagely throwing his insults back in his face.
For all of his talk about her coming from the gutter, he’s the one in the gutter now. Even though fans knew that the Grand Inquisitor would survive this since he appears in numerous episodes of Star Wars Rebelsit is still a fantastic moment and an unforgettable quote that cements how Reva is a brutal character that fans can still empathize with.
Bravery & Fear
“The braver you seem, the more afraid you are.”
The Third Sister draws from her personal experiences when interrogating young Leia at Fortress Inquisitorious. The Third Sister constantly puts on a show of being brave and tough in front of Darth Vader, her fellow Inquisitors, and all those she comes across. She has learned that putting on this front is the only way to survive as a Force-sensitive individual living in a cutthroat galaxy ruled by fear.
Through her own experiences, Reva sees through Leia’s bravery, knowing that the braver Leia seems during the interrogation, the more afraid Leia is. Both Reva and Leia are genuinely brave individuals, but Reva is smart enough to recognize that bravery is more than what meets the eye, which allows her to read Leia much better than any other Inquisitor or Imperial officer could.
A Good Liar
“I do like a good liar.”
One of the best aspects of the Third Sister’s character is that she always keeps the audience and the characters on their toes, unsure of what her next move will be. This quote is a great example of this. When Tala Durith poses as an Imperial officer and claims she infiltrated the Path, Reva commends Tala for being a good liar and then pauses dramatically.
Both Tala and the audience are unsure if Reva thinks Tala is a good liar for the Empire or if she is lying to the Empire. This is intentional as Reva tries to make Tala more uncertain and panicked so she might break and tell the truth. There is also some genuine admiration in her voice, as regardless of which side Tala is on, Reva can respect a woman who has also forged her own path and outsmarted others during such a perilous time in the galaxy.
All About Kenobi
“Kenobi is all that matters.”
When the Fifth Brother protests Darth Vader’s decision to spare the Third Sister’s life, the Third Sister is quick to repeat a line that Darth Vader said earlier in the series. She understands Vader’s obsession with finding Obi-Wan and knows that focusing all of Vader’s rage and attention on him is the best way to survive and get what she wants.
The Fifth Brother might think that Reva needs to be killed in response to Fortress Inquisitorius being attacked and Obi-Wan and Leia escaping, but his words fall on deaf ears when Reva’s tracker gives Vader the chance to find Obi-Wan.
A False Hope
“We thought he was there to help us.”
These words and the Star Wars flashbacks that accompany them deepen the tragedy of Order 66 and Anakin Skywalker falling to the dark side. While fans have known what happened since it was shown in 2005, hearing about that night from the perspective of a Jedi youngling who lived through it makes it even more horrifying.
Reva and her friends had already watched their Jedi teacher die protecting them, killed by the clones the Jedi had been trusting and fighting alongside for the past three years. The appearance of the legendary Jedi Anakin Skywalker was a moment of hope and a promise of safety. Instead, the person they thought would save them was the one to murder them.
The Loss Of Family
“They were the only family I knew, and he slaughtered them.”
This quote explains her motivations concerning Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, the people she holds responsible for what she lost. The quote also highlights how the Jedi are taken from their families at a young age and how their fellow Jedi become the only family they know.
This connects to an earlier scene in the series when Obi-Wan told Leia how he can barely remember his biological family. In the case of the Third Sister, her anger is understandable when thinking of how the Jedi took her from her biological family, and then a former Jedi killed her found family.
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