Leia Organa inherits Tala’s holster in the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale and explains the trajectory of the character’s arc throughout Star Wars.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Obi Wan Kenobi.
Leia’s case in Obi Wan Kenobi is secretly important to her overall star wars arc despite not being explicitly featured in the original trilogy. Lucasfilm is bringing back Ewan McGregor as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in his Disney+ series, which addresses his darkest days following the fall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Empire. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Obi-Wan Kenobi show is the revelation of Obi-Wan’s secret history with young Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair).
A decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Obi Wan Kenobi sees the titular Jedi master keeping a low profile in Tatooine where Obi-Wan secretly takes care of Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely). His rather monotonous life takes an unexpected turn when Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) asks him to save kidnapped Leia – a secret ploy by the Third Sister Inquisitor, Reva (Moses Ingram), to lure her out. Throughout Obi-Wan Kenobi’s run, the pair develop a strong bond as the Jedi race to bring the Princess of Alderaan home.
During their dangerous journey, Obi-Wan and Leia meet various new characters and some of them end up being devoted allies, including Tala (Indira Varma). During the brief time they spend together, Leia begins to admire Tala for her courage and good deed. Unfortunately, Tala sacrifices herself to keep the other refugees safe as the Empire closes in on the small proto-rebel cell hiding Obi-Wan and Leia. In the Obi Wan Kenobi final end, Leia inherits Tala’s holster, which she sports at the end of the episode. The holster seems inconsequential at this point, aside from a visual connection to his later belt and blaster. Yet this actually foreshadows his arc in star wars. She became the Senator of Alderaan but, despite working with the Rebellion to bring down the Galactic Empire, once it was learned she was Darth Vader’s daughter, she lost all credibility. This ended her political career, but she made the seamless transition to the founder of the rebellion. Tala’s holster legacy reminds him that there are other ways to inspire change than being a politician. Leia’s experience as a child with Tala and Obi-Wan opened her eyes to a different kind of battle on the ground – something she decided to take on as she led the fight against the Empire and later the First Order.
Interestingly, however, there was no mention of Tala’s holster in future stories of Leia after Obi Wan Kenobi. In fact, the character was never referenced in either the original trilogies or the sequels. Nonetheless, it’s possible she was the inspiration for Leia’s decision to holster proper with an actual firearm in Return of the Jedi as she, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and the rest of the rebellion fought the Empire in Endor. It was the only time she visibly wore a holster throughout the star wars original trilogy, but it makes sense in terms of the character’s arc. She first followed in the footsteps of Bail and Breha Organa (Simone Kessell) by entering politics. However, as the fight against Emperor Palpatine grew more intense, she moved on to a different cause. She later made this transition again when Leia founded and led the star wars Resistance and fully accepted being a boots-like leader in the field as General Organa.
It’s safe to assume that Leia’s experience in Obi Wan Kenobi will make a lasting impression on her. Although she comes from a prominent family, she is able to see firsthand how dire the situation is for normal people and especially the Force-sensitive under the rule of the Empire. No wonder that, even in her early teens, she was already eager to participate in the budding rebellion despite the obvious danger that accompanied it.
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