Warning: this article contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi!
Order 66 was one of the most significant moments in Star Wars history.
It was initiated by Chancellor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. The top secret order identified all Jedi as traitors to the Galactic Republic and as major threats to the galaxy. When activated, it caused all Galactic clone troopers to turn against their Jedi commanders and any other Jedi they came across. It resulted in the mass slaughter of Jedi across the galaxy, with no one spared.
Clone troopers had been fighting alongside the Jedi for years, so how did Palpatine do it? Every clone was implanted with a special inhibitor chip that could override their free will. They were programmed with orders that the clones wouldn’t be able to disobey, and Order 66 was one of them. It was kept a secret from everyone and the clone troopers turned without warning. This made it a complete surprise to the Jedi when their allies turned against them.
This is also when Darth Vader led the 501st Legion to carry out the order on everyone inside the Jedi Temple – including the Jedi Younglings. During the early years of the Empire, Vader continued to hunt down Jedi who managed to survive Order 66.
The Jedi Who Survived Sidious’ Order 66
The galaxy is a big place, so at least a few Jedi managed to slip through the cracks. We already know that Jedi Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi both survived before going into hiding separately. But across an entire galaxy, they can’t be the only ones, right?
There were some Force users that were spared from slaughter if they were willing to turn to the dark side. Many did this as a kind of self-preservation. These fallen Jedi were Darth Sidious and Darth Vader’s recruits for their league of Inquisitors. They became Force-sensitive hunters and assassins, tracking any remaining Jedi – essentially hunting down the last of their own kind. Notably, we know that the Grand Inquisitor was once a Jedi Temple guard.
Order 66 and the fall of the Jedi Order have been explored many times in Star Wars media, giving us a handful of confirmed survivors who avoided execution. However, it’s worth noting that there is potential for a few more surviving Jedi to be out there somewhere.
A Jedi survivor named Nari has been introduced in the new series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Of course, although Nari is the latest Jedi known to survive Order 66, he didn’t survive the Inquisitors. He was captured and killed after they tracked him down on Tatooine. However, his appearance in the series proves that the ongoing Star Wars canon can add new survivors to the mix.
Will we see more Jedi that managed to escape Order 66? Only time will tell! But for now, we can look at those that we already know survived.
Of course, we know that Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi survived Order 66. When Darth Sidious enacted the order, Obi-Wan was on Utapau hunting down General Grievous – a carefully planned diversion to make sure he was away from Coruscant. Clone Commander Cody and the rest of the clone troopers shot Obi-Wan down off a cliff, but he managed to escape the planet after he was presumed dead.
After his duel with Anakin Skywalker, who has now taken the name Darth Vader, Obi-Wan leaves him to burn on the lava-ridden planet. While Bail Organa adopts infant Leia, Obi-Wan delivers infant Luke to his aunt and uncle on Tatooine and then stays on the planet to watch over him from afar.
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When Order 66 was issued, Jedi Master Yoda was on Kashyyyk helping the Wookiees fight off a droid army sent by General Grievous. The clones aimed their blasters at Yoda, but he took them out with a single strike. Chewbacca and Tarfful helped him escape Kashyyyk to meet with Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yoda and Obi-Wan learned of Anakin’s betrayal and Palpatine’s true Sith identity after returning to the Jedi Temple, and Yoda went into hiding on the planet Dagobah. It is here that he lives in solitude and eventually trains Luke Skywalker at Obi-Wan’s urging.
The Grand Inquisitor
The highest-ranking member of the Inquisitorius, he is simply known by his title: the Grand Inquisitor. He led the organization and reported directly to Darth Vader. After his death on Star Wars Rebels, it is revealed that the Grand Inquisitor was once a Jedi Knight and a Jedi Temple guard. Following the bombing of the Jedi Temple, he was the one who arrested Padawan Ahsoka Tano. After it was ultimately revealed that Ahsoka was innocent, the Order’s treatment of her left the Grand Inquisitor disillusioned with the Order – much like it did to Ahsoka. He defected and ultimately succumbed to the dark side during Order 66.
Cal Kestis is the protagonist in the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Through flashback sequences in the game, we know Kestis was a Padawan when Order 66 was executed. His master, Jaro Topal, sacrificed himself so that Kestis could survive. Kestis fled to the planet Bracca where he lived in seclusion for years before Inquisitors tracked him down. Kestis carries his master’s lightsaber.
Cere Junda was another Jedi who first appeared in the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. She saves Cal Kestis from Inquisitors and lets him join her crew. A Jedi Knight when Order 66 was executed, she managed to escape with her Padawan Trilla Suduri. Unfortunately, Junda was eventually captured by the Empire. Under torture, she gave up the whereabouts of her Padawan, which eventually leads to Suduri succumbing to the dark side and becoming an Inquisitor.
Cere Junda’s Padawan Trilla Suduri survived Order 66 with the help of her master. Although both Suduri and Junda ended up being captured by the Empire, only Junda escaped. The torture Suduri endured eventually turned her to the dark side, and she became the relentless Second Sister serving in the Inquisitorius. The Second Sister was one of the Empire’s deadliest Jedi assassins, but she was eventually executed by Darth Vader for failure.
Fifth Brother, Seventh Sister, and Other Inquisitors
As I already mentioned, the members of the Inquisitorius were Force-sensitive individuals who succumbed to the dark side. They served the Galactic Empire as Imperial Inquisitors, hunting down any remaining Jedi that managed to survive Order 66. They were also tasked with hunting political dissidents and retrieving children identified as Force-sensitive. The Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister worked alongside the Grand Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels. We know that these two were former Jedi who were forced into the Inquisitorius, but we do not know their former names.
Kanan Jarrus, a Jedi in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, is also a survivor of Order 66. He was a Padawan when Sidious enacted the order, then known as Caleb Dume. He survived thanks to the sacrifice of his master, Depa Billaba. After being advised to abandon all connections to the Jedi in order to survive, he swapped his lightsaber for a blaster and kept his past a secret for some time. He eventually takes on the name Kanan Jarrus and becomes a crucial figure in the Rebellion.
Once Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano cuts ties with the Jedi Order after she is framed for a bombing in the Jedi Temple. Even though Anakin ultimately cleared his Padawan’s name, Ahsoka lost faith in the Order following the whole ordeal. She does not succumb to the dark side but instead decides to find her own path outside of the Jedi Order.
Ahsoka’s survival of Order 66 is detailed in the novel Ahsoka, in which she flees to the Outer Rim and takes a new name. She worked as a mechanic in a farming community for some time, before eventually joining Senator Bail Organa’s resistance movement as a secret agent.
Although I already mentioned that Inquisitors got their hands on Nari, I decided to go ahead and include him in this list. He did survive Order 66, after all. Nari lived nine years after that, with his travels eventually leading him to Tatooine – where we see him in the new series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Unfortunately, he caught the attention of the Inquisitors after helping the owner of a cantina. Obi-Wan told him to bury his lightsaber and stay hidden, but the advice came too late.
Reva is another character introduced into the Star Wars universe with an appearance on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Likely one of the Younglings who managed to escape the massacre led by Vader at the Jedi Temple, she is now an Imperial Inquisitor. Also known as the Third Sister, she was sent to Tatooine to hunt down Nari. Reva is also fixated on hunting down Obi-Wan Kenobi. She thinks capturing the Jedi master will help her gain favor with Darth Vader. She attempts to trap him by kidnapping Leia Organa as bait, but they escape.