There is little doubt that Qui-Gon Jinn is one of the most memorable characters in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Liam Neeson's portrayal of the Jedi Master endeared Qui-Gon to fans although he was immediately killed off in The Phantom Menace. But is there any chance that Qui-Gon would ever join his former Master Count Dooku in the Dark Side?
Count Dooku had already made it clear that he wanted Qui-Gon Jinn to work with him as he switched sides. In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Dooku admitted that he wished Qui-Gon was still around but also stated that his former apprentice would never betray the Jedi. "He knew all about the corruption in the Senate but he would never have gone along with it if he had learned the truth as I have," Dooku has said.
Not surprisingly, this has been confirmed in Claudia Gray's Star Wars novel Master And Apprentice. In the book, Qui-Gon had accepted that everyone will eventually need to choose a side and that he had always chosen the light.
"I don't turn toward the light because it means someday I'll 'win' some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light," Qui-Gon told his friend Rael Aveross in the novel.
Interestingly, Qui-Gon's commitment to turn toward the light also convinced Rael, another former apprentice of Dooku's, to reject Dooku's offer. Even then, Qui-Gon just wanted to best for everyone. It's just sad that he never spoke a word about what his Master was up to before it was too late.