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Why Fans Think Obi-Wan Abandons Luke In The New Disney+ Series

The timeline between the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy and the original trilogy will soon be fleshed out even further with the upcoming release of "Obi-Wan Kenobi." The highly-anticipated series is set to debut on Disney+ later this year, expanding the story for Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan a.k.a Ben Kenobi during his time in exile on Tatooine. A trailer for "Obi-Wan Kenobi" recently debuted, promising plenty of action along with a ton of "Star Wars" nostalgia for longtime fans.

That said, one thing the recent trailer was light on was concrete plot details. It is clear that the series will explore Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine, but the footage also showed the Jedi seemingly leaving the planet for unknown reasons — thus leaving behind young Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely), whom he had spent 10 years watching over.

With that in mind, new rumors have led some fans to speculate as to why they think Obi-Wan will (at least briefly) abandon Luke in the series when "Obi-Wan Kenobi" hits Disney+ on May 25.

Fans think Obi-Wan will leave Tatooine to protect young Luke

A report from MakingStarWars.net suggests the reason begin why some fans believe Obi-Wan Kenobi will briefly abandon young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Per the report, the show will see a young Jedi named Nari arrive on Tatooine. However, Nari's presence on the desert planet draws the attention of the Galactic Empire, who dispatches The Inquisitors to the planet to hunt both Nari and Obi-Wan down. Specifically, the Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) will be able to sense Nari and Obi-Wan.

Following the arrival of The Inquisitors on Tatooine, it is rumored that Obi-Wan will receive a call from Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) asking the former Jedi Master to go on a mission to save Leia. Upon this request, Obi-Wan will realize that it is safer for Luke if he briefly leaves Tatooine to go on this mission, as it will lure away the Jedi hunters who may sense and stumble upon Luke if Obi-Wan stays.

Beyond all of that, rumor has it that Obi-Wan will not be allowed to have much contact with Luke anyway. According to the same report on why Kenobi may leave Tatooine in the series, Obi-Wan may approach Uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton) with a gift for Luke. However, Owen supposedly turns Kenobi away, aware of the danger his proximity to Luke raises.

Of course, audiences will know for certain if any of this is true when "Obi-Wan Kenobi" hits Disney+ on May 25.