Warning: major spoilers ahead for the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" season finale.
The season finale of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" ends on a rather emotional note, as things (kind of) come full circle for our central characters, setting them back on the paths they are meant to take moving forward. The episode’s highlight is an epic final confrontation between Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), paving the way for many callbacks, which, in turn, line up fairly well with the emotional arcs of the characters involved.
The episode also allows us a somewhat-more detailed glimpse into a young Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely), who does not even understand the gravity of the events that unfold around him (bless him, the poor child was terrified). Reva (Moses Ingram) embarks on a redemptive arc of sorts, although her fate from hereon out is unclear, which might be explored in greater depth in a potential spin-off with Reva at the center.
More importantly, the episode has two important cameos that add to the narrative significantly, while peppering in several Easter eggs relevant to the "Star Wars" universe as a whole. Here’s a breakdown of every cameo, Easter egg, and callback in the emotionally-resonant "Obi-Wan Kenobi" finale.
A familiar face (finally) pops up
Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) does manifest as a Force Ghost in "Star Wars" canon, as it is confirmed in 2022’s "Queen Hope" that his voice was heard by Anakin during his brutal slaughter of the Tusken Raiders. While the show sets up the possibility of Qui-Gon appearing as a Force Ghost to Obi-Wan, the latter is unable to connect to his former master due to his dwindling connection to the Force.
However, Qui-Gon appears towards the end of "Obi-Wan Kenobi," after the titular character meets a young Luke and heads towards the desert on his Eopi. Qui-Gon says that Obi-Wan is finally "ready," which might point toward the fact that he was finally confronted with his past and found his calling as a Jedi once again. Interestingly, Neeson’s name does not appear in the credits, which could mean that the character was brought back with the aid of CGI and other effects.
‘You seem agitated, my friend’
Another solid cameo by Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious has graced our screens, as we see the actor reprise his role during his conversation with Vader. Naturally, Palpatine is as conniving and manipulative as always, asking Vader whether his vision is clear while hinting that it would be unwise for him to dwell on the past to the point of obsession. Palpatine also refers to Vader as weak, which spurs the latter to reaffirm his allegiance to his Sith master.
It’s over Obi-Wan, I have the high ground
There are a lot of reverse parallels to the prequel trilogy, especially in the way in which Vader attempts to burn Obi-Wan during their clash on Mapuzo. We get a glimpse of this in the comics, particularly in "Darth Vader #13" by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, and David Curiel, in which Vader has a dream about the events of Mustafar, in which he envisions himself winning.
In a deliberate reversal of roles, Vader violently clashes with Obi-Wan, splitting the Earth with the Force, making Obi-Wan fall inside the hole. There’s a shot of Vader towering over Obi-Wan before he buries him under a huge pile of rocks, and this is an unmistakable reversal of the "It’s over Anakin, I have the high ground" moment. However, as usual, Vader is so blinded by the idea of winning, that he underestimates Obi-Wan’s ability to rise back up, and the two clash again.
Hello there, classic Obi-Wan stance
There are two specific callbacks with regards to Obi-Wan in this episode, one being the classic Obi-Wan fight stance that he is seen assuming many times, namely the one in which he raises his lightsaber above his head while pushing out his other hand forward. This is a great moment for the character, as this implies that Obi-Wan is finally stepping into his power, and has considerably healed his connection to the Force.
We also get a callback to the "Hello there" line uttered by Obi-Wan during his fight with General Grievous in "Revenge of the Sith." While Obi-Wan says this to Luke as a greeting, and the effect is not quite the same as the original utterance, this is still a great callback, as Alec Guinness’ character also says the same to Luke when they first meet in "A New Hope."
Tala Durith’s holster
Whilst aboard Roken’s ship, which is being followed by a Star Destroyer, Obi-Wan makes the difficult choice of putting his life on the life to save the lives of everyone else. This obviously means saying goodbye to a young Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), and he asks Haja Estree (Kumail Nanjiani) to escort her safely back to Alderaan.
Leia is understandably upset, as she does not want Obi-Wan to go, but the two hug and promise to meet again someday. Obi-wan gives Leia Tala’s holster as a gift, which might be the same one she is seen wearing during the Battle of Endor in "Return of the Jedi." Additionally, the holster is also a reference to Leia’s costume in "Princess Leia: Age of Rebellion," and we see a young Leia wear a similar costume when she is back on her home planet.
An iconic moment from ‘Star Wars: Rebels’
In "Star Wars: Rebels," Vader is confronted with his former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, and there’s an iconic moment in which a part of Vader’s face can be seen through his broken helmet. Seeing Anakin and hearing fragments of his voice due to his failing life support system is an extremely emotional moment for Ahsoka, who stands her ground nonetheless, declaring that she won’t leave him, not this time.
This scene has been recreated during Obi-Wan and Vader’s fight, in which the former hits the latter’s helmet (which is the reason behind Vader’s head scar), revealing a part of Hayden Christensen’s face in the suit. The way Obi-Wan says "Anakin" with choked emotion is similar to the way in which Ahsoka does. Vader even utters the "Then you will die" line, and this particular moment in the show is an especially emotional one (I absolutely did not start sobbing. Nope, not me).
There are several moments in the season finale that reaffirms canon events, especially ones that took place in the original trilogy. Older Obi-Wan’s controversial statement to Luke about his father being killed by Darth Vader has always raised questions, and this is further fleshed out during the fight scene. Obi-Wan apologizes to Anakin, saying that he is truly sorry for everything. While it does seem for a moment that the person in Vader’s suit is Anakin reacting to the statement, he quickly recovers and says that it was him that killed Anakin, not Obi-Wan.
This prompts Obi-Wan to say that his friend is truly dead, which adds more context to the odd framing of his reveal to Luke in "A New Hope." Furthermore, a young Luke never sees a lightsaber when Reva goes after him — uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton) tells him that the Tusken Raiders are targeting their home, and Luke is unconscious by the time Reva lights her saber. This holds up a grown-up Luke’s absolute cluelessness when he holds a lightsaber for the first time (good thing he did not turn it on, there would be no "Star Wars" if he did). Luke also utters the "I am not afraid" line from the original trilogy.
Obi-Wan also bids goodbye to Leia, telling her that she can reach out to him whenever she needs help from a "tired, old man." He also clarifies that she will have to be covert about it, as it would be dangerous with the Empire growing more vigilant, which ties in neatly with her actions in "A New Hope."
Aunt Beru, minor Easter eggs, and more
Bonnie Piesse reprises her role as Aunt Beru and proves herself extremely resourceful when Owen tells her that Reva is coming for Luke. This further proves that it is probably best for Luke to grow up with his aunt and uncle, as they manage to hold their own against a great threat and never treat Luke like he is not their own (as it should be).
In terms of other Easter eggs, we see Obi-Wan donning the same robes that Alec Guinness is seen wearing in "A New Hope," and the goggles we see dangling around his neck are a reference to his costume in the "Star Wars" comics. We also see more Jawas, an astromech droid, and Obi-Wan using the Force to levitate rocks, like Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the sequel trilogy.
All episodes of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" are currently streaming on Disney+.