When the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was announced, many wondered how many ties to the prequels and the original trilogy would be present. We already knew about Darth Vader and the Inquisitors (who were key in shows like Rebels), but as for who else might appear, viewers were kept in the dark. When the young Princess Leia arrived–along with her father, Bail Organa–fans were pleased. Small reveals came too, like the clone trooper without a helmet played by Temuera Morrison once again. The biggest cameo so far, however, came at the end of the series yesterday.
If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading.
After dealing with Darth Vader and Reva one last time, Obi-Wan Kenobi “retired” back to the spot where we would meet him in A New Hope. When he got most of the way there, a Force Ghost arrived in the form of his old master Qui-Gon Jinn played by Liam Neeson.
Neeson previously denied being a part of the series, but in an interview, the actor noted that he wasn’t going to miss the chance.
“I certainly didn’t want anyone else playing Qui-Gon Jinn, and I wanted to show my respect for George [Lucas] and that mythical world that he created,” Neeson explained. “Plus, Ewan [McGregor] is a pal, and I loved working with him during The Phantom Menace 25 years ago.”
To be fair, the cameo was small, but if there is a Season 2, we might get more from him and Ewan. What’s more, Qui-Gon will return in a special animated series that is coming soon, so this won’t be the last time you see or hear Liam Neeson in the Star Wars universe. Thank goodness.