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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s aging, explained

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Ever since Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new Star Wars series from Disney Plus that takes place between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, arrived in late May, one question has been asked ad nauseam on Twitter: Why does Obi-Wan look so much older in the original trilogy compared to the difference between the prequels and the new show?

The in-universe time lapse between those periods is pretty much the same: around 10 years between Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and about nine years between Obi-Wan Kenobi and A New Hope.

But the difference between original trilogy Obi-Wan and new Obi-Wan is stark, as many, many, many people are delighted to point out on social media.

Here at Polygon, we love answering the important questions. We’ve consulted the data with our crack team of aging scientists, and we have the answers you are looking for.

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