On Tuesday, Kristin Baver’s biography of the Skywalkers and the Star Wars saga, Skywalker: A Family at War, was released. I’m only a few chapters into it, but so far it’s great – and others who are further along have pointed out something very interesting.
At one point, Baver writes this about Obi-Wan Kenobi communing with Qui-Gon Jinn after his master’s death:
“Before he and Yoda had parted ways, the old Jedi revealed that Obi-Wan’s beloved master Qui-Gon Jinn had returned from the netherworld of the Force, manifesting his conscious mind even after death. It took 10 years, but eventually Obi-Wan was able to commune with his dearest friend, resurrected within the cosmic Force.”
So on the surface, that’s nothing that really warrants an article, since we already knew that Obi-Wan learned how to commune with his master during his time in exile on Tatooine. That’s nothing new. However, what is new is the mention of it being ten years before Kenobi managed to do this. This hasn’t been revealed elsewhere, and though it’s not super surprising (since it’s already established that it’s not super easy to learn to commune with Force ghosts or the like), it’s super specific. And it’s the specificity more than the revelation that is worth really paying attention to.
And here’s why: the Obi-Wan Kenobi series that begins shooting this month is set (at least when it begins) ten years following the events of Revenge of the Sith. Coincidence? I doubt it. There’s nothing that necessitated the book giving a timeline on this happening, and furthermore nothing that suggested it needed to be ten years. Baver could easily have written something like, “After a while” or “eventually” or “after many years” or something like that. Instead, she wrote “It took 10 years.” The specificity there makes me think there’s more here than just a coincidence, because Baver is saying that Obi-Wan didn’t learn to commune with Qui-Gon Jinn until the exact time the Obi-Wan Kenobi series begins.
So yeah, I think it’s sounding more and more likely that we’ll see (or at least hear) Qui-Gon Jinn in the series. I’d always hoped that we would, but this actually suggests that we may see Kenobi communing with his master for the very first time in the over two decades since his death! That would be absolutely awesome, and I really hope it happens! This reference (though certainly not confirmation!) seems to me to be a clue that it will.