Where does Obi-Wan Kenobi fall on the Star Wars timeline? It’s a question that’s thankfully easy to answer because we know the exact year the Disney Plus series is set in.
The show is set in the long 19-year gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, an era unexplored by the other live-action Star Wars TV shows, which have so far played out between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
We’ve delved into when exactly Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place on the Star Wars timeline below, detailing everything you need to know to get caught up in the show’s chronology. Be warned though, there are spoilers ahead for the first two episodes.
When does Obi-Wan Kenobi take place in the Star Wars timeline?
Before we get stuck, it’s worth explaining how the Star Wars timeline actually works. The important thing to know is that everything in the galaxy’s calendar revolves around one major event: the Battle of Yavin, also known as the first time the Death Star was blown up (as seen in A New Hope). That is abbreviated to BBY (Before Battle of Yavin), or ABY (After Battle of Yavin).
Here’s how the movies and TV shows fall so far, including Obi-Wan Kenobi:
Obi-Wan Kenobi Timeline: What Does That Mean for the Show?
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and nine years before A New Hope. That means we move on to the titular Jedi Master in exile on Tatooine, who watches over a young Luke Skywalker (he and his twin sister Leia Organa are both 10 years old). Meanwhile, Darth Vader is still around after his clash with Obi-Wan on Mustafar a decade earlier, and the Sith Lord’s Inquisitors are on the hunt for every Jedi who survived the deadly Order 66.
So far, the show has featured a quick cameo from young Luke, but it’s Leia who stole the show with her heartwarming team-up with Obi-Wan. Her adoptive parents Bail and Breha Organa have also appeared, and there was even a cameo of a former clone trooper in Episode 2.
As for who else could be making an appearance on the show, there are a few characters around right now. Ahsoka Tano is out there, as is Yoda, Bo-Katan Kryze, Han Solo, and even Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force spirit. Rebel characters could make an appearance, especially given that the Grand Inquisitor debuted on that show, and so could Rebellious figures like Mon Mothma, or more clones like Cody or Rex.
Moreover, characters from the other Star Wars TV shows like Din Djarin, Boba Fett and even Grogu live in this period. In short, there are a ton of characters who could potentially cross the road, but whether they will, remains to be seen – some are much more likely than others…
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope means we know certain things will happen in the future as well. Nine years into the show, Obi-Wan will be the wise grandfather figure we know and love from A New Hope, and he’s ready to duel Vader one last time aboard the first Death Star.
But there’s still a lot of room to play with, as Vader and Obi-Wan only exchange a few words when they meet for the last time, so their “rematch of the century” isn’t that limited. Obi-Wan also doesn’t really come up in the original trilogy about what he’s been up to all those years on Tatooine, so the way is clear for his new adventures in the Disney Plus show.
To find out when the next episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives on Disney Plus, check out our Obi-Wan Kenobi release schedule.
In the meantime, for a lot more on the series, check out our interviews with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen about their favorite memories from 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 in the role of the galaxy’s newest villain, Reva.
For everything else coming soon from the galaxy, far, far away, there’s our guide to all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows – and also get to know everything there is to know about Star Wars: Jedi survivor.