Obi-Wan Kenobi Finale Delivers Surprise Cameos and Two Things Fans Have Waited All Series For

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Episode VI of Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s series finale arrived on Disney+ today to bring the Star Wars show to a thrilling climax. While there was plenty to break down in the episode, and it is no spoiler to say that the teased “rematch of the century” between Kenobi and Darth Vader delivered more than enough to silence some complaints about the earlier episodes in the series, there were also two surprise cameos and a couple of other additions to the show that fans have been calling for from the start.

When all seemed to be said and done on the finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the show rolled out a string of surprises that put all of its fan service moments in one place after it had essentially completed its story. Following his defeat by Kenobi, Darth Vader returns to his fortress where he is seen talking to the holographic figure of Darth Sidious, played once again by Ian McDiarmid. During the scene, Sidious questions Vader about his feelings for Kenobi, to which Vader tells him that his former Master means nothing. As Sidious’s image fades, leaving Vader alone, the Imperial March is heard for the first time in the series.

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Since Vader’s first appearance in the show, fans have been questioning why the Imperial March had been abandoned in favor of a new musical score around Vader’s presence, but like most things, everything has a time, place, and reason. The Imperial March was reserved for the moment that Vader completely commits himself to Sidious, and effectively gives rise to the events that will follow, making the use of the iconic piece of music work perfectly.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Holds Back Its Biggest Cameo and Sound Bite Until the End

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Following the culmination of Vader’s appearances, Obi-Wan is seen visiting Tatooine, where he is asked by Owen whether he would like to meet Luke Skywalker, the first time the pair will have interacted since Kenobi left the boy at the end of Revenge of the Sith. As Kenobi approaches Luke, and after a telling pause, the series finally allows Ewan McGregor to utter the immortal words, “Hello there.” While there have been other moments that could have seen the character using the line, they have managed to play out the whole series and kept fans waiting right until the end to hear those two simple words. And that was not the last surprise of the finale.

In the last scene, Kenobi heads out into the desert and there he comes across a force ghost that turns around to be revealed as Qui Gon Jinn, with Liam Neeson reprising his role from The Force Awakens. While Neeson reprised the role in animated show The Clone Wars, and briefly appeared as a Force Ghost in Attack of the Clones, his voice-only appearance in The Rise of Skywalker means this is the first time in twenty years the actor has been seen in character. While there were plenty of rumors that Neeson could be returning in the series, once again fans were left waiting until the very last moment.

So far, there has been no confirmation of where the story of either Vader or Kenobi will go in the future, but with Deborah Chow stating that there are still other stories to tell between the series and the original trilogy, along with McGregor and Hayden Christensen both hinting that they would return again, the series ended on a pretty open note. For many, there is now a new hope that Obi-Wan’s story will continue soon.