Obi-Wan Kenobi has a deep history. Before watching Disney+ series, here's what to know

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Obi-Wan's story so far

When audiences first meet McGregor's Obi-Wan in "The Phantom Menace," he is the padawan apprentice of Qui-Gon Jinn, an unconventional Jedi master. An unexpected detour during a mission brings them to Tatooine, where they meet the young, exceptionally Force-sensitive Anakin Skywalker.

Though initially unconvinced by his master's insistence that Anakin is prophesied to bring balance to the Force, Obi-Wan overcomes his hesitation to fulfill Qui-Gon's dying wish of training the boy as a Jedi.

Obi-Wan rises up the ranks until he is a Jedi master and a member of the Jedi Council. He served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars alongside other Jedi and clone soldiers.

Unbeknownst to Obi-Wan, Anakin, who has also risen up the Jedi ranks, is slowly drawn into the dark side by Chancellor Palpatine, a politician who is secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

Obi-Wan learns of his former apprentice's defection after Palpatine issues Order 66, which causes the clone troopers to turn on the Jedi to wipe them out. After confronting Anakin, Obi-Wan defeats him in battle and leaves him for dead.

One of the few surviving Jedi, Obi-Wan goes into hiding on Tatooine, where he can watch over Anakin and Padme Amidala's son, Luke, who he has left in the care of Anakin's stepbrother.

The Vader of it all

Anakin isn't dead, though. He was saved by Palpatine and given new prosthetic limbs, as well as a dark suit of armor that helps keep him alive. Now known as the Darth Vader, the character's shadow is felt across the series.


According to Harold, "You can't tell the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi without acknowledging the story of Anakin Skywalker."

Obi-Wan "was charged with the responsibility of doing something quite profound when he probably wasn't ready for it," said Harold. "How do you carry the weight of [that] responsibility going forward when you discover the depths of the outcome of your failures?"

Crossover potential?

Because it is set in a different era than the other live-action "Star Wars" series such as "The Mandalorian" and "The Book of Boba Fett," chances are slim that Grogu will make a surprise appearance in "Obi-Wan Kenobi." But anything is possible.

It has already been established that some characters from the animated "Star Wars Rebels" will be playing a part in the limited Obi-Wan series. This includes the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) and the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang), who along with new character Reva (Moses Ingram) are Force-wielding dark side warriors tasked with hunting down any surviving Jedi Knights.

Obi-Wan also has plenty of history with "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" characters such as Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze who have already appeared in other live-action "Star Wars" shows. While any crossover seems unlikely, viewers will just have to wait and see if any other familiar faces appear in "Obi-Wan Kenobi."


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