About thirty of them – at least – survived the clones and the emperor’s inquisitors.
That is the basis of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi from Disney +: Order 66 is the time of transition Star wars. The moment Sith took over. Where Palpatine won and unleashed the fatal blow that the republic, far too naive, had not seen coming. This order 66 is the command that orders the famous clones to turn against the Jedi and paralyze them without any other trial. A kind of virus introduced into their DNA by the Chancellor, to use them as a weapon of mass destruction when the time comes. This moment comes in precisely Sithens revenge : After being discovered by Mace Windu – and rescued by Anakin – Palpatine reveals his game, his Sith nature and his dark side. He’s staying full Emperor and before then, he carefully gets rid of the only ones who can prevent his takeover …
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Of course it’s about the Jedi Order! They lead the clone wars against the separatists, General Grievous and Count Dooku, and they are then sent to the four corners of the galaxy far, far away to lead the troops. Troops, which will therefore turn against them and execute them one by one.
It is unclear how many Jedi were in the republic at this time. How many Padawans were trained? How many novices were teaching at the temple? But almost everyone was murdered that day. A bloody cleansing, some of which nonetheless survived …
Primarily, Obi-Wan Kenobi, of course! He is seen fleeing the planet Utapau in Episode III after his soldiers turn on him. Similarly, Yoda was on Kashyyyk, helping Wookiees fight the Droid army as he sensed a distortion in strength, allowing him to react fairly quickly and run away:
They are obviously the most famous, as the only survivors are mentioned in the movies.
When Yoda realized that the Galaxy had tilted, and Obi-Wan Kenobi go into hiding in hopes of better days for the Jedi. But they are not the only ones. Other dressed comrades survived. There are almost thirty of them in the “canon” mythology Star warsthat is, the various official works produced by Lucasfilm, from comics to video games and animated series.
It is also in the series Rebels and Clone War that we find the second most famous Jedi survivor, namely Ashoka Tano. Anakin’s ex-Padawan was on his way out of the siege of Mandalore and on his way to deliver Darth Maul to the Council on Coruscant when Order 66 was adopted. She then managed to escape, and her ship crashed on an unidentified moon with Captain Rex. The two have forged their own death, and she is back while throwing her lightsaber down despite … But then Ashoka returns, alive and well, in Rebels (and also in The Mandalorianin a post-empire era), to face the Great Inquisitor, who is also an ex-Jedi, former Temple Guardian, who had fallen into the dark side even before Order 66 …
It should also be noted that the inquisitors that we meet in the series Obi-Wan Kenobi are almost all former Jedi. For those who were not killed at the time of Sithens revenge was tracked for years, from planet to planet, by a sort of Gestapo named L‘Inquisitorius. It is not known how many were captured, but some did not have the courage to sacrifice themselves. They were tortured by the empire to the point where they turned to the dark side … and joined the ranks of L‘Inquisitorius to chase their old comrades! This is for example the case with the fifth brother that we see in the Disney + series. Or Reva. But also by the other sister, aka Trilla Suduri, who we meet in the video game Fallen Order.
The title of Electronic Arts takes place in this same era, which lies between Episode III and Episode IV and tells exactly how surviving Jedi hide while searching to find young Force-sensitive, to help them before they are massacred. Thus we find Cal Kestis, former padawan of Jaro Tapal, who gave his life to save his apprentice at the time of Order 66. What another Jedi who was still alive and crossing in the game, Cere Junda, did not: she was master of Trilla (previously mentioned) and swayed her under torture, causing her to topple.
Caleb Dume was luckier. As previewed in the anime series The bad batch, he was Depa Billabas padawan. The latter sacrificed himself so that he could escape. In the process, he changed his identity to hide and become the smuggler Kanan Jarrus, one of the future heroes of the uprising and Star Wars: Rebels… but still a Jedi!
The latest trailer for season 2 of The bad batch also taught us that Gungi, one of the rare beginner Wookiees – introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars had also survived order 66.
A large number of other names are also mentioned in the various books and comics Star wars. Especially those dedicated to Darth Vader. We see the Lord of Darkness himself tracing his former comrades from the temple, who managed to escape, to execute them without remorse. Like when he kills Jocasta Nue, who we see holding the Jedi archive in the movies, and who was therefore able to escape … In these comics, Vader also murders a certain Kirak Infil’a, a mighty Jedi, Eeth Koth, on across council member in Phantom threat or even Ferren Barr, who was trying to gather new supporters for his cause … Everyone had survived Order 66 … but not for long.
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Several dozen knights were therefore able to survive the transition, such as Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobiby the exit of Sithens revenge. And we discover new ones very regularly, as when the Disney + series tells us that Quinnlan Vos, a close friend of the master Kenobi, especially passed through the animated series Clone War, is also still alive. “Quinlan been here?“, Is pleasantly surprised by the character of Ewan McGregor.
No, the Jedi did not all die with Order 66. They survived in numbers (although a good portion of these survivors were exterminated by the Inquisitors and Vader afterwards). This Screen Rant video sums it up perfectly and gives a very comprehensive look at the saved lightsabers: