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Obi-Wan Kenobi Guide: News, Easter Eggs, Reviews, Theories and Rumors

An ongoing guide to Disney+’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series, including the latest news, Easter eggs, rumors, reviews, theories and more.

The following contains constantly updated spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi, which premiered on May 27, on Disney+.

Star Wars films may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm is taking a break from the galaxy far, far away. Following the massive success of Grogu and The Mandalorian, Disney has decided to go all in with a multitude of Star Wars series, and fans are more than fine with the onslaught of content. The latest installment — Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Fans have wanted more Kenobi content for years, and they finally got their wish. Featuring Ewan McGregor as the titular Jedi master and Hayden Christensen as Anakin/Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered on May 27, and met with favorable reviews from both fans and critics. As the series went on, it became clear that the series wasn’t as perfect as the initial response warranted, but it was still very good. However, it finished on a high note, leaving fans hoping for a Season 2. So, to keep up with the latest news, reviews, Easter eggs, theories and rumors involving Obi-Wan Kenobi, here’s a guide to the Star Wars series.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, who made her Star Wars debut directing a pair of episodes for The Mandalorian. The series’ main writer — after some upheaval, delays and rewrites — is Joby Harold. However, two of the most exciting editions are not actually on screen. The first is the inclusion of legendary composer and conductor John Williams, whose music was heard in the trailer, and the second is James Earl Jones, who is back to voice Darth Vader.

Headlining a stellar cast is Ewan McGregor; he played Kenobi in all three prequel movies, and he’s back to take up his lightsaber and Jedi robes once again. As Obi-Wan works to preserve hope in the galaxy, McGregor has done a fine job of bridging the gap between his portrayal of the character in the prequels and Alec Guinness’ version in the original trilogy. Joining McGregor is Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker and an unmasked Darth Vader.

McGregor and Christensen aren’t the only actors returning from the prequel trilogy. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse returned to portray Owen Lars and Beru Lars, respectively. Jimmy Smits also reprised his role as Bail Organa. Meanwhile, Grant Feely and Vivien Lyra Blair added some youth to the cast as Luke Skywalker and Liea Organa, respectively.

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Besides Obi-Wan, Vader, Luke and Leia, there were plenty of other, Force-sensitive characters. Ben Safdie played a new young Jedi named Nari, but he was dead before the end of the episode. Meanwhile, Rupert Friend stepped into the role of the Grand Inquisitor; Sung Kang play the Fifth Brother, and Moses Ingram was Reva — the Third Sister. Kumail Nanjiani rounded out the principal cast with a very interesting character, named Haja Estree. He was a swindler, who pretended to be a Jedi, while working as part of an Underground Railroad for Force-sensitive people. Finally, Part VI held two surprises. Ian McDiarmid cameoed as Emperor Palpatine, and Liam Neeson briefly reprised his role as Qui-Gon Jinn. To learn more information about these actors and their characters, take a look at these articles.

Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s story is set in 9 BBY (nine years before the Battle of Yavin), which places it midway between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It was a bleak time, because the Empire had a firm hold on the galaxy, and Vader’s wrath had only grown since the prequels. For his part, Obi-Wan opened the series as a broken and faithless shell of himself. However, midway through Part I, he received an unexpected challenge. Leia had been taken captive, and Bail Organa personally asked for his assistance. Eventually, he accepted the challenge — his Jedi mindset having gotten the better of his instincts to stay hidden — but that’s when the trouble started.

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Obi-Wan traveled to Daiyu, and saved the princess, but it was all a trap. The Third Sister (Reva) captured Leia, guessing that Obi-Wan would come from her. Luckily, with some help from Haja Estree, Obi-Wan and Leia got away. The reason they got away? The Grand Inquisitor showed up to take credit for Obi-Wan’s capture, and Reva stabbed him, which allowed Obi-Wan the chance to escape.

However, that was only after Reva revealed that Darth Vader had survived his and Obi-Wan’s duel on Mustafar. That dramatic realization propelled the story into Part III because fans knew that Obi-Wan and Darth Vader would have to duke it out. And sure enough, it happened. At the end of the episode, the former master and apprentice squared off, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. After being cut off from the Force for 10 years, Obi-Wan was helplessly outmatched by the Dark Lord. Vader even started a fire, and in a role-reversing move, he threw his master into the flames. Obi-Wan was able to escape (only because Vader let him get away), but it’s clear that he was more scared of Vader than before. To make matters worse, Reva found Leia and took her away, while Obi-Wan was injured.

That’s where Part IV picked up. Reva was interrogating Leia at Fortress Inquisitorious, and Obi-Wan had to do something about it. So, he and his new ally, Tala, infiltrated the fortress. The biggest talking point was all the dead Jedi that the Inquisitors kept as trophies, but by the end of the episode, they were able to rescue Leia from the Inquisitors. The problem was that Reva attached a tracker on Leia’s droid.

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So, as Part V started, Obi-Wan and Leia landed safely on Jabiim, but Reva was hot on their tail. After an initial assault, Obi-Wan talked to Reva to buy time for an escape. It was then that he figured out her horrifying backstory as a youngling during Order 66. After that, Obi-Wan was able to escape, but Reva (prompted by Obi-Wan) decided to make her move against Vader. They fought, and Vader absolutely humiliated her proving the difference in their power-levels. As the episode ended, Vader revealed that he was aware of Reva’s treacherous plans from the beginning, and the Grand Inquisitor made another appearance, proving that his death was a rouge, even to Reva.

The finale episode was non-stop action. A wounded but determined Reva went after Luke Skywalker, but she couldn’t kill him. She saw Anakin in the boy’s face, and because of that, she chose the light side of the Force. Her redemption may not be finished, but as Part V hinted, she shunned Vader, the Emperor and the dark side. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan led Vader away from his proto-rebels, and defeated him in another, awesome lightsaber duel. This time, however, Obi-Wan proved that he was the master and left Vader for dead. As the episode ended, he visited Leia, met Luke and saw Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force ghost for the first time. To keep up with Obi-Wan Kenobi’s latest plot developments, check out the articles below.

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Like ever Star Wars project, Obi-Wan Kenobi has a plethora of Easter eggs and callbacks. For one, the whole series serves as a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and because of that, there were connections to the prequels and the original trilogy. For instance, Part V featured an awesome flashback duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan, which showed why Obi-Wan held Anakin back from knighthood. There was also a cameo from the bounty hunter 4-LOM and an appearance from a Clone Trooper in 501st armor.

Some of most exciting Easter eggs have been Force-users other than Obi-Wan. The Grand Inquisitor and the Fifth Brother are callbacks to Star Wars Rebels. Kanan Jarrus’s name was written on a wall, and Quinlan Vos confirmed to be alive, while a few other Legends Jedi were recannonized. Unfortunately, though, Tera Sinube’s corpse was seen in Fortress Inquisitorious. Then, in the finale, Emperor Palpatine and Qui-Gon Jinn both received awesome cameos. You can find an updated list of Easter eggs here.

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Given that Obi-Wan Kenobi is part of the Star Wars franchise, was speculation is a must from the very beginning. When Obi-Wan’s trailer came out, fans picked it apart. Some people thought that they spotted Han Solo, others saw Boba Fett and others were sure that Captain Rex made a covert appearance. The funny thing is that none of those characters showed up.

However, there were a few rumors that did turn out to be true. Most notably, Liam Neeson returned to Star Wars as Qui-Gon Jinn’s encouraging Force ghost. Along with that, Ian McDiarmid appeared as Emperor Palpatine to chastise Darth Vader. Grogu never did show up, but some fans belive that the series hinted that Quinlan Vos was the young Jedi’s savior.

Obi-Wan Kenobi was announced as a single-season, limited series, but Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen made it clear that they would up for making a second season. Combine that with positive reviews, and things are looking good. Although Disney hasn’t formallay announced it, Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 2 is reportedly in development. The biggest question going into a Season 2 is whether Reva will fully return to the light side of the Force and become a Jedi once again. To keep up with the latest information on the series’ rumor mill, check out these articles.

Starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, all six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now available to stream on Disney+.

Blake Hawkins has written TV and movie features and recaps for CBR since March of 2021. He writes about everything from NCIS to Stranger Things to The Walking Dead and everything in between. Mostly, though, he most enjoys writing about Star Wars. In fact, as recent graduate of Greensboro College’s honors program, Blake wrote his thesis on Star Wars and its religious connections. He now lives with his family in Lynchburg VA and is an avid outdoorsman. Feel free to contact him by email at hawkins.blake12@gmail.com, or find him on Facebook.

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