Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 1! Turn back now if you haven’t seen the new episode on Disney Plus!
Obi-Wan Kenobi has finally arrived, and the first episode sees the titular Jedi in hiding on Tatooine, keeping a watchful eye on young Luke Skywalker.
But his solitude doesn’t last for long. Leia Organa is kidnapped, and her adoptive father Bail asks for Obi-Wan’s help. The Jedi is at first reluctant, but eventually agrees. Before he leaves Tatooine, though, he goes to find his lightsaber – and we see he has another saber hidden, too.
Both lightsabers are buried in a wooden box beneath the sands of Tatooine, but Obi-Wan only picks up his own for now. So who does that other lightsaber belong to, and why does Obi-Wan have it?
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The lightsaber is none other than Anakin Skywalker’s. At the end of Revenge of the Sith, once the battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan is over, Obi-Wan picks up the lightsaber and walks away. Before the series, we next saw it in A New Hope, when the Jedi Master gives it to Luke.
Luke then loses it – and his hand – in his duel with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, and it’s found later by Maz Kanata. Eventually, Rey finds it in The Force Awakens – and ultimately buries it again on Tatooine in The Rise of Skywalker. How’s that for a full circle moment?
Although, while Maz keeps the lightsaber in a wooden box, it’s not quite the same as Obi-Wan’s. How she came to be in possession of the weapon remains a mystery, then.
The next episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is arriving on Disney Plus in less than a week – check out our Obi-Wan Kenobi release schedule to find out exactly when.
In the meantime, for much more on the series, see our interviews with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen on their favorite memories filming the show and how their characters’ relationship has changed, as well as Christensen on why he didn’t speak to George Lucas before returning as Darth Vader and Moses Ingram on playing the galaxy’s newest villain, Reva.
For everything else coming soon from the galaxy far, far away, here’s our guide to all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows.
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