The Obi-Wan Kenobi Finale Featured A Major Star Wars Cameo

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi!


The season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi just featured the return of a major Star Wars figure.

It’s no surprise that Disney’s latest Star Wars spin-off has featured plenty of nods and winks to characters from across the franchise. We’ve seen the return of Darth Vader, among others. There’s even an interesting Easter egg for fans of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

But now, it looks as though a legendary character from the galaxy far, far away is back.

That’s right – Qui-Gon Jinn is back, played by Liam Neeson.

Of course, the last we saw of poor Qui-Gon was in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, in which the Jedi master was slain by Darth Maul in the lightsaber duel to end all duels. His body was later cremated on a funeral pyre… and this is where it gets interesting.

Qui-Gon trained to retain an eternal consciousness – much the same as Master Yoda, Obi-Wan, and even Luke Skywalker. But this usually means that the Jedi’s body disappears upon death, in the same way that Obi-Wan disappears when he’s struck down by Vader in A New Hope.

However, Qui-Gon’s training was incomplete.

Liam Neeson returns as a Force ghost Qui-Gon Jinn. Credit: DisneyPlus.

Qui-Gon’s body remained when he was struck down by Darth Maul, leaving many fans to assume that he had not achieved eternal consciousness, and thus could not return as a Force Ghost like the other Jedi.

Now, it looks as though that’s not the case.

I can’t help thinking that Star Wars fans will be divided on whether or not this is a good thing. After all, it kinda breaks the logic behind the mystery of the disappearing Jedi bodies. However, Master Yoda also once told Obi-Wan: "To commune with him, I will teach you." So perhaps the real answers behind Force Ghosts will remain a mystery.

Still, it’s great to see Liam Neeson back as Qui-Gon Jinn, and fans of the prequel series (yes, there really are some) will no doubt love this little cameo. To see what we thought of the episode, check out our Obi-Wan Kenobi season finale review.

Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor as the titular Jedi alongside Benny Safdie, Joel Edgerton, Rupert Friend, Moses Ingram, Sung Kang, and Hayden Christensen.

Deborah Chow directed the series based on scripts by Joby Harold, Andrew Stanton, Hannah Friedman, Hossein Amini, and Stuart Beattie.


Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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