The second season finale of Star Wars Rebels was a devastating one. Ahsoka Tano may or may not be dead. Kanan was blinded by Darth Maul. Ezra may be turning towards the Dark Side. So where does the show go from there? Well the future it appears. Not decades of anything like that but it looks to be about a year or two has passed in between seasons.
Ezra who was about 14 or 15 in the previous seasons looks to be much closer to adulthood. Not only sporting a more mature hairstyle but is also taller and has a much more muscular build. With the exception of Kanan, we see the rest of the crew of the Ghost but they don’t appear to have changed much. So what does this all mean?
The show has always been about five years removed from the events of A New Hope. This was evident with the guest appearance of Princess Leia in season two who was nowhere near her age in the events of that movie. There is also the upcoming Rogue One which takes places immediately before the events of that movie. The timelines of Rebels and Rogue One are getting closer to one another. When pressed about some sort of crossover between the two, Lucasfilm has always played coy but acknowledged that they were very knowing that these questions would come up.
If there were one character to appear in Rebels who could be a link between the two would have to be Saw Gerrera. The character first appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and will be played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One. Gerrera was mentioned in an episode of Rebels before so it would make sense. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that they could get Whitaker to voice the character also.
It should be interesting to see how Rebels progresses. It is becoming much closer to the events of Rogue One and A New Hope. It is said that there will be no Jedi in the events of the former and Obi-Wan is apparently the last Jedi in the latter. What does that mean for characters Kanan and Ezra? Will the crew of the Ghost be important to the growing Rebel Alliance or a footnote? Season three looks to answer some of these questions.