While Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala’s romance dominated the prequel trilogy, there’s an equally if not more tragic Obi-Wan relationship that we learn about in the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. In the second season of the series, we’re introduced to Satine Kryze, a formidable duchess who Obi-Wan held a torch for since his days as a Padawan.
Over the course of the series, we learn that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine Kryze shared in some exciting adventures that eventually led to the two falling in love. It’s hugely fascinating since Obi-Wan is known as the Jedi Order’s golden boy. If the Jedi were to run a recruiting campaign, his picture would be on all the posters. He embodied the highest ideals of the Order, which is why it’s pretty shocking to learn that he would have given it all up for love.
Like most romances in Star Wars, the relationship between Satine Kryze and Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t have a happy ending, but their story is a damn good one, comparable to the epic love affair between Han and Leia.
Obi-Wan Would Have Left The Jedi Order For HerPhoto: Lucasfilm
During the Clone Wars, when Obi-Wan and Satine are reunited and are facing what appears to be certain death, the two confess their love for one another. Satine tells the Jedi that she had loved him ever since he came to her aid all those years ago. Obi-Wan reveals that if she had said the word, he would have left the Jedi Order for her.
When they were younger, their budding romance ended abruptly – Satine had to rebuild a broken Mandalore and Obi-Wan returned to his Jedi studies. When the two admit that they still love each other years later, nothing changes. Anakin saves their lives at the last moment, but instead of running off into the sunset together, Satine and Obi-Wan return to their respective duties.
Her Character Was Modeled After Cate BlanchettPhoto: Lucasfilm
Dave Filoni, the supervising director of The Clone Wars, said he based Satine’s character and appearance off of Cate Blanchett’s performance in Elizabeth, a period film that followed Queen Elizabeth I’s rise to power. In an interview, Feloni said, “I just loved the way she carried herself in that film, and it was a big inspiration for how to do this character because to have a female character that… I wanted her to stand right there with Obi-Wan Kenobi and be every bit as smart. Stand toe-to-toe with him and even be a bit wiser perhaps, and I think she does that really nicely.”
Satine Became A Prop In Darth Maul’s Plot For Revenge Against Obi-WanPhoto: Lucasfilm
In addition to creating some new fan-favorite characters, the animated series The Clone Wars also brought back some much-loved characters, including the deadly Darth Maul. During the fourth season of the series, we learned that Maul survived his seemingly fatal injury at the hands of Obi-Wan at the end of The Phantom Menace. The former Sith Lord managed to stay alive by focusing on his hatred for Obi-Wan and feeding off his desire for revenge. When Maul acquired enough power, he imprisoned Satine and conquered Mandalore with the help of Death Watch. He used Satine’s capture to lure Obi-Wan back to Mandalore and forced the Jedi to helplessly watch as he slaughtered the love of his life.
She Was Friends And Colleagues With Padme AmidalaPhoto: Lucasfilm
Based on what we see in the prequels, Padme appears to be quite the solitary figure, but in The Clone Wars, we learn that she has friends – and quite a few of them. Satine was one of those friends. The two public servants had a lot in common besides from falling for two of the most noteworthy Jedi of their time. They were highly respected political figures who often found themselves in the midst of adventures and as targets in high-profile assassination attempts. They also shared a deep commitment to improving the lives of not only their own people, but of those across the galaxy. Much of the time they spent together was devoted to helping those in need.