Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor explains why the Jedi Master didn’t reach out to the other surviving Jedi during his isolated years on Tatooine.
This article contains major spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi Part VI, now streaming on Disney+.
In Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, the titular Jedi Master leads a solitary life away from any of the other surviving Jedi. According to star Ewan McGregor, there is a reason behind Kenobi’s solitude.
“All he’s got left is to look after Luke Skywalker. That’s all he’s got left, really, and to try to communicate with his old master, Qui-Gon [Jinn], in his spiritual life,” McGregor said in an interview with The Jess Cagle Show. “But he can’t reach out to any of his old [mentors]. He can’t reach out to Yoda, he can’t reach out to any of the surviving Jedi for fear of giving himself away.”
After Order 66 made the Republic Clone Trooper armies turn on the Jedi and massacre them during the 2005 movie Revenge of the Sith, only a handful of Jedi remained throughout the galaxy. Of these, Obi-Wan and Grand Master Yoda were the most high profile and known to Star Wars fans. Both Jedi agreed to go into hiding and Kenobi took on the responsibility of watching over Luke Skywalker on the desert planet Tatooine. When Obi-Wan Kenobi begins, roughly ten years after Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan is still on Tatooine but Yoda’s location is unknown. It’s only in The Empire Strikes Back that Yoda is found hiding in the swamps of Dagobah.
One Jedi that did make a surprise appearance in the show’s final episode was Kenobi’s old master, Qui-Gon Jinn. After several years of attempting to make contact with Qui-Gon, his force ghost finally appeared to greet his former apprentice. Qui-Gon died at the lightsaber of Darth Maul during The Phantom Menace and Kenobi tried to speak to him several times during the six-episode run of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was the first time that Liam Neeson has been seen on-screen as Jinn since The Phantom Menace, although he did voice the character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is due to return to voice Qui-Gon again in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.
With Episode 6 now broadcast, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s future is unknown. A recent report suggested that Lucasfilm and Disney are developing a second season of the show, but nothing has been formally announced yet.
All episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now available to stream on Disney+.
Kellie Lacey is a freelance writer from England and a news writer for CBR. She loves reading, Star Wars, and reading Star Wars books.