McGregor explained that his character “cannot reach out to any of the surviving Jedi for fear of betraying themselves.”
[Editor’s Note: The following story contains spoilers for “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”]
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” has finished its run on Disney+, providing much welcomed nostalgia and redemption for George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. But after the conclusion of the limited series, which saw a fan-favorite cameo from Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, many fans asked a question: where was Yoda?
The two Jedis had a close relationship in the original and prequel trilogies, so the absence of the iconic character was curious to some. In a new interview with “The Jess Cagle Show” (via ComicBook.com), McGregor explained why the stakes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” made it impossible to fit Yoda into the story.
“All he has left to do is take care of Luke Skywalker. That’s all he has left, really, and trying to connect with his former master, Qui-Gon, in his spiritual life,” McGregor said. “But he cannot reach any of his elders [mentors]. He can’t reach out to Yoda, he can’t reach out to any of the surviving Jedi for fear of betraying himself. If a Jedi uses the Force during this time, the Inquisitors will be able to sense it and they will know where you are. It’s like using your phone or something, I guess. It’ll ring on a tower somewhere if you use the Force.
Although Obi-Wan couldn’t meet Yoda in the Disney+ limited series, the two characters may be able to meet in another season of the series. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was conceived as a six-part one-off series, but its stars recently expressed interest in doing another season.
“I really hope we do another one,” McGregor recently told British GQ. “If I could do one once in a while, I’d just be happy about it.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also weighed in on the matter recently, saying that while no future installments are planned, she’s also not totally opposed to the idea.
“We decided to do it as a limited run,” Kennedy said. “But I think if there’s a huge engagement and people really want more Obi-Wan, we’re definitely going to think about it because the fans are talking to us. And if we’re like, ‘OK, there’s a real reason to do this; he answers the why then”, so we will.
All episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” are currently streaming on Disney+.