The series finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi allowed us to see a great ending where the Jedi Master was now able to have some sort of catharsis in his life. He was also able to find his connection with the Force once more, as he actually saw Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghost at the very end of the episode. Qui-Gon told his former Padawan that they had ways to go before he disappeared. But where do Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon go?
It is possible that Qui-Gon will train Obi-Wan in the ways of the Living Force, which he was also able to teach Yoda. Mastering the Living Force would allow Kenobi to commune with the Force itself and be one with it so that he could return as a Force Ghost himself sometime in the future.
We all know that Kenobi was able to become a Force Ghost during the events of the original trilogy when he was there when Yoda was training Luke Skywalker. He was also there at the very end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, together with Yoda and Anakin. In that regard, let’s look at where Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon go from there after the finale of Kenobi.
How Did Obi-Wan Kenobi See Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghost?
One of the most important movies in the history of the Star Wars continuity was Episode I: The Phantom Menace because that was where we were able to meet Anakin as a young boy and Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Padawan working and learning under Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. That was also the time that we were introduced to Qui-Gon, who was immediately portrayed as one of the wisest yet most rebellious Jedi of his time.
During Episode I, one of the things that Qui-Gon often taught Obi-Wan was the importance of the Living Force, which is the Force that’s residing in every individual in the galaxy and was what was allowing them to also commune with the Cosmic Force, which is the energy of time and space and the galaxy itself.
However, one of the things that we noticed about Kenobi was that he often didn’t like listening to Jinn because of how rebellious his master was when it came to the more stringent rules of the Jedi Council. This is why Obi-Wan ended up developing a personality that often went by the rule book. As such, Kenobi knew little to nothing about the concept of the Living Force.
Eventually, Qui-Gon died at the hands of Darth Maul during the climax of Episode I. Ever since then, Obi-Wan worked his way up to become a great Jedi and even a Jedi Master that became one of the most prominent heroes during the Clone Wars. But after the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan was wondering what they could do during the days until Luke and Leia were ready to take on the Empire. That was when Yoda told him that he received a message from an “old friend,” who Kenobi immediately thought was Qui-Gon.
But, ten years since the events of Episode III, Kenobi has struggled to communicate with Jinn, who Yoda was probably able to see and communicate with. That was because Obi-Wan was still depressed and bothered by the events that happened ten years ago when he thought that he was the one that failed Anakin Skywalker. His depression made him a shell of his former self as his connection with the Force weakened to a point where he struggled to use it during the events of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
However, after finding his strength to go on and his inspiration for living in the form of Luke and Leia, Obi-Wan reconnected with the Force and was able to defeat Darth Vader in their first encounter ever since the events in Mustafar ten years ago. And at the end of the episode when Kenobi left his cave in Tatooine and was set to travel, he saw finally saw Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghost.
So, how was it possible that Obi-Wan Kenobi was able to see his old master once more in the form of a spirit? Well, it all boils down to the fact that Qui-Gon Jinn had mastered the Living Force to the degree that allowed him to communicate with the Cosmic Force and manifest himself as a Force Ghost to those with who he had a strong connection. Of course, because Kenobi was his Padawan, he had a strong connection with him and was able to manifest himself in front of Obi-Wan.
Nevertheless, Kenobi also asked Jinn where he was all this time when he was trying to communicate with him. That was when Qui-Gon told his former Padawan that he was always there, but Obi-Wan was simply not ready to see him. And that is where the importance of Kenobi’s journey throughout the entire series comes into play when it comes to his character development.
Being able to have a moment of catharsis when he found strength in the bond he formed with Leia and in realizing that he was not at fault for what happened to Anakin Skywalker ten years ago was what allowed Obi-Wan to find his inner peace. It was this inner peace that allowed him to reconnect with the Force once more, and he eventually became ready to see his old master’s Force Ghost.
Where Will Obi-Wan And Qui-Gon Jinn Go After The Finale?
Now, after Obi-Wan saw Qui-Gon, who told him that he was there the entire time, the deceased Jedi Master also told his former Padawan that they had ways to go before he disappeared. A smiling Kenobi set off into the desert and quite possibly the next chapter in his life. So, where do Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon go from there?
It is possible that Qui-Gon will guide Obi-Wan in his next journey in life and help him train in the ways of the Living Force. We all know that, like Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan eventually became a Force Ghost himself during the events of the original trilogy.
In that final duel with Darth Vader, Kenobi allowed himself to get struck down by the Sith Lord but not before he told him that he would only become more powerful than ever if he were to get struck down. Those words confused Star Wars fans at that moment because they didn’t know how Obi-Wan could become stronger by dying. And as he saw Luke escaping with Han and Leia, he looked at the young Skywalker and allowed himself to get struck down by Vader but disappeared before the Sith Lord could land the blow.
The next time Kenobi returned was when Luke was training under Yoda during the events of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. He was communicating with Yoda, who was getting impatient with Luke’s own impatience. And at the very end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Kenobi was seen together with the Force Ghosts of Yoda and Anakin.
Essentially, what Kenobi said about becoming more powerful than ever referred to the fact that his death would allow him to become one with the Force. And he was only able to truly become one with the Force through his mastery of the Living Force.
Going back, it is possible that Kenobi’s next journey after the Obi-Wan series is related to his training in the ways of the Living Force, which would allow him to become one with the Force upon his death. And the only way for him to master the way of the Living Force was to train under the Force Ghost of the master of the Living Force himself, Qui-Gon Jinn, who was set to guide his former Padawan in his latest journey in life.