'Liam Neeson is back!' Star Wars fans are pushed to light speed levels of excitement as fabled Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn returns for final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars fans were treated to a blast from the distant Jedi past this week as the final episode of spin-off series Obi-Wan Kenobi aired on Disney+. 

The show, which sees Ewan McGregor dust off his cape and reprise his role as the titular Jedi master, finally came to an end on Wednesday evening after a tentative six-episode run. 

And viewers, who have been unanimous in their praise of the science fiction show, were treated to the return of the fabled lightsaber wielding Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson. 

Surprise: Star Wars fans were treated to a blast from the Jedi past this week as the final episode of spin-off series Obi-Wan Kenobi aired on Disney+

Surprise: Star Wars fans were treated to a blast from the Jedi past this week as the final episode of spin-off series Obi-Wan Kenobi aired on Disney+

The ponytailed character, who helped train Obi-Wan in the ways of the Force and haplessly sought to do the same with a young Anakin Skywalker, was memorably slaughtered during a duel with Darth Maul in 1999 blockbuster Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. 

But he was back to guide his old comrade, albeit as a ghostly presence, as Obi-Wan paid a visit to Luke Skywalker, the son Anakin sired before his turn to the Dark Side and subsequent transformation into Darth Vader.   

'I was beginning to think you’d never come,' an unperturbed Obi-Wan quips as Qui-Gonn's apparition emerges during a journey across the deserts of remote planet Tattooine.  

Familiar face: Viewers, who have been unanimous in their praise of the science fiction show, were treated to the return of the fabled Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson

Familiar face: Viewers, who have been unanimous in their praise of the science fiction show, were treated to the return of the fabled Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson

'I was always here, Obi-Wan,' he replies. 'You just were not ready to see.' 

The sudden appearance of Neeson's legendary character prompted inevitable hysteria from die-hard fans of the long-running Star Wars franchise, with many sharing their thoughts across social media. 

Taking to Twitter, one raved: 'AFTER 23 YEARS, MY FAVORITE PREQUEL ERA JEDI IS BACK!! LIAM NEESON AS QUI-GON JINN OMG!!' 

 

The Force is strong in these ones: The sudden appearance of Neeson's legendary character prompted inevitable hysteria from die-hard fans of the long-running Star Wars franchise

The Force is strong in these ones: The sudden appearance of Neeson's legendary character prompted inevitable hysteria from die-hard fans of the long-running Star Wars franchise

While a second added: 'When I thought the series were out of surprises then pulled out Liam Neeson as Qui Gon Jinn at the end of the ep I SCREAMED.'

A third excitable fan remarked: 'I’m so happy that Liam Neeson came back as force ghost Qui Gon Jinn.' 

The return of Qui-Gon also sparked feverish talk of a potential second series, and the direction it could take as a consequence. 

Open-ended: Disney+ is understood to be keen on developing a second series of the show, but to date there has been no official confirmation regarding its return

Open-ended: Disney+ is understood to be keen on developing a second series of the show, but to date there has been no official confirmation regarding its return 

One wrote: 'Now that Obi Wan can presumably commune properly with Qui-Gon, give us season 2 of some teachings and Obi Wan helping other Jedi.' 

'He could be a part of things now that get paid off long after the Skywalker saga, in a new part of the galaxy that we haven't seen yet.'

A second added: 'The finale was wonderful. But it begs for a season 2. There is room in canon for it. And have Liam Neeson be a bigger role!' 

Disney+ is understood to be keen on developing a second series of the show, but to date there has been no official confirmation regarding its return. 

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