WARNING: Contains spoilers for the finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi has been providing fan service left, right and centre, so it’ll come as no surprise that the finale followed suit.
As well as giving us the Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) rematch we’d all been waiting for, none other than Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn made an appearance.
Star Wars fans were just as delighted as Obi-Wan to see the Jedi Master - albeit in ghost form given the fact that he was killed by the Sith Lord Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.
His cameo arrives at the end of the sixth and final episode of the Disney+ series after McGregor’s Jedi checks that all is well with the young Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely).
As he travels through the desert in search of a new home, Qui-Gon emerges from thin air, much to the shock of his former apprentice.
“Well, took you long enough,” he quips, to which Obi-Wan replies: “I was beginning to think you’d never come” - clearly a nod to the fans who have waited in anticipation for this reunion.
Qui-Gon then says: “I was always here, Obi-Wan. You just were not ready to see.”
It was the perfect end to the mini-series, and over on Twitter the praise continues to roll in for the decision to get Neeson back - even if just for a brief moment.
As said by one: “AFTER 23 YEARS, MY FAVORITE PREQUEL ERA JEDI IS BACK!! LIAM NEESON AS QUI-GON JINN OMG!!”
“When I thought the series were out of surprises then pulled out Liam Neeson as Qui Gon Jinn at the end of the ep I SCREAMED,” wrote another.
A third added: “I’m so happy that Liam Neeson came back as force ghost Qui Gon Jinn.”
Others speculated what the appearance could mean should the series get renewed for a second season.
“Now that Obi Wan can presumably commune properly with Qui-Gon, give us season 2 of some teachings and Obi Wan helping other Jedi,” said one.
“He could be a part of things now that get paid off long after the Skywalker saga, in a new part of the galaxy that we haven't seen yet.”
Another wrote: “The finale was wonderful. But it begs for a season 2. There is room in canon for it. And have Liam Neeson be a bigger role!”
Whether Disney gives the greenlight for round two is yet to be seen, although it has been rumoured to be in the pipeline.
Only time will tell - but until then, all six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi season one are available to stream on Disney+ now.
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