If you’re anything like us, you probably had an Obi-Wan Kenobi wishlist set aside even before the Disney Plus series started airing. Some things – such as Young Leia and that whole Grand Inquisitor situation – admittedly took us by surprise. Some things, such as a cameo in Obi-Wan’s Kenobi finale were a bit more predictable, but still exciting. It’s a memorable appearance that has sent the fans wild.
Spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 follow.
No, we’re not talking about Liam Neeson’s return as Qui-Gon Jinn. This is someone with abilities that some may consider unnatural.
Somehow, Palpatine returned. After Vader returns to Mustafar, his tail between his legs following his defeat by Obi-Wan’s attack, Palpatine is seen having a conversation over hologram with Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor. This was his sixth appearance in Star Wars live action.
“I wonder if your thoughts are clear on this, Lord Vader,” Palpatine hisses at Vader. Perhaps your feelings towards your Master are making you weaker? “
Vader ends up swearing fealty – as did plenty of other Star Wars fans watching at home who were excited to see Palps back in action.
“It was so awesome to see Palpatine and Qui-Gon again. I like that they gave Ian McDiarmid the old makeup from Return of the Jedi,” one viewer remarked (opens in new tab). Another wrote (opens in new tab), “You have just got to love Emperor Palpatine putting Vader in his place yet again. “
For more on the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale, read on for how the episode reframes an important A New Hope moment, as well as all the reaction to that big prequel callback. Plus, discover what’s coming next to a galaxy far, far away with our guide to upcoming Star Wars movies – and if Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 could also be in the pipeline.
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