Aunt Beru is a prominent, if underused, Star Wars character, with Obi-Wan Kenobi only proving her badass attributes have always been present.

Aunt Beru has always been a likable Star Wars character, with the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ TV show only proving just how much of a badass she truly was. Originally played by Shelagh Fraser, Beru was introduced in the first Star Wars film (later called A New Hope). This was an older Beru, a steadying hand to guide the young Luke Skywalker. She entered the picture alongside Phil Brown’s Owen Lars as Luke’s aunt before the tragic fate that befalls both characters after the Empire learned of their nephew’s ownership of C-3PO and R2-D2.


Despite having positive qualities in the prequel trilogy Star Wars films, which established a background for Beru, her return in Obi-Wan Kenobi added the strongest layers. These elements introduced in the final episode of the Disney+ show work in their own right, but make some of Aunt Beru aspects from A New Hope more prominent. For two easily overshadowed characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s focus on Luke’s adoptive proved how great both Beru and Owen Lars always were.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Paid Off Beru’s Star Wars Past

Beru Lars in Attack of the Clones.

In the season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the former Inquisitor Reva Sevander seeks out Luke Skywalker. In a bid to get revenge against both Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, both of whom she blames for the massacre of her fellow younglings during Order 66, Reva pursues Owen’s farm to kill the young boy. This takes her to the Lars homestead on Tatooine, which Owen wishes to flee – yet this younger Beru, played by Bonnie Piesse, insists they are enough to defend Luke from the coming threat.

This defiant stand from Beru harkens back to her first appearance in the original Star Wars film. During the dinner scene in A New Hope, Luke asks his uncle about applying for the Imperial Academy early due to the new droids purchased to help on the farm, which Owen forbids. Beru, however, is much more open to the concept, and insists Luke cannot stay home forever. This links to her former actions in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6, as her openness to Luke seeing the world and becoming acquainted with Obi-Wan himself link to the more straight-shooting attitude she has than Owen in the show.

Owen & Beru Lars Deserve More Credit

Owen and Beru Lars in Revenge of the Sith.

All of this only goes to prove why Owen and Beru Lars should be recognized as some of the better examples of parenting in the Star Wars universe. The sequence in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 involves both putting their lives in mortal danger for Luke, proving why the duo deserves to be looked at in a more positive light. Fighting off an Imperial inquisitor is tough as it is for a Jedi, never mind two working-class parents with little-to-no combat experience. Owen is hard on his nephew in both the show and A New Hope, but it comes from a place of love.

On top of this, the Lars family simply do not receive enough credit for raising Luke. Oftentimes, when concerning Luke’s character arc, his masters Obi-Wan and Yoda are given their due for turning him into the Jedi he becomes. However, without Owen and Beru raising him with compassion, Luke would never have become the hero who saved the galaxy countless times. All of this is only reinforced in Obi-Wan Kenobi, which allows Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen a more-than-deserved chance to shine.

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