After being halfway through Obi-Wan Kenobi, the show has only shown a few Jedi on the screen, including Obi-Wan, Safdie Nari, and other Jedi mentioned by name (Quinlan Vos). Keeping the Jedi a secret is a prominent part of the society with the Empire’s rise. As a way for Jedi to live amongst the Empire’s goal to hunt Jedi, the “Path” was mentioned in Part III, a network of secret tunnels across the galaxy that assist on-the-run Jedi to escape from the Empire and Inquisitors.
As we have already seen with Hayden Christiansen reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, fans speculate that more familiar characters will be returning for the rest of the show.
The rest of this article contains spoilers from Part IV!
In Part 4 of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kenobi travels to Fortress Inquisitorius to rescue Leia from the hands of the Third Sister. Tala Durith, portrayed by Indira Varma, can get through the security of the stronghold due to her ranking as an Imperial Officer. After infiltrating the lower section of the base, he takes out a stormtrooper and evades a security droid. On his way to find Leia, he enters a long corridor of his worst nightmare – the bodies of dozens of Jedi, showing what happens after being captured and tortured by the Inquisitors. Frozen in orange-colored substances, this Jedi tomb holds many of the Jedis with him during the Republic.
As Kenobi continued, fans noticed in the far right, who appeared to be Mace Windu frozen in the substance as well. Wearing similar clothing as he was in the Prequels, it may well be him. This implies that he survived Order 66 and was later captured by the Inquisitors.
There are a lot of additional claims that would negate that Windu was in the episode. Claims include:
- If Mace Windu quickly went to the medical center or the Jedi Temple to treat his cut-off hand – courtesy of Anakin – he would have been killed by the stormtrooper swiftly because Palpatine would have called Order 66 shortly after Windu’s and Palpatine’s altercation.
- If Windu had survived longer than the initial engagement of Order 66 but then was captured by the Inquisitors, Kenobi would have most likely felt his presence in the Jedi chamber since they both revered and held a close relationship with him each other.
- Lastly, both Disney and Lucasfilm would not have left such a brief easter egg for the audience to find. Mace Windu was a revolutionary and loved character in the Star Wars Prequel and their animated series. Samuel L. Jackson said he would return to Star Wars if given a chance, and in that case, Disney and Lucasfilm would give him a more prominent role because of his significance.
Perhaps we will see past Jedi and flashbacks in the show from Kenobi’s point of view or never-before scenes that connect the Republic’s fall and the Empire’s rise. With only two Parts remaining, the possibilities are endless.