When we left off in Star Wars Rebels, Sabine had finally revealed her backstory to the crew, and had learned how to wield the darksaber. That ancient black lightsaber belonged to her ancestor, the first Mandalorian Jedi, and was a symbol of uniting power for the Mandalorian people for generations, and now it's in the possession of Sabine Wren. In the return of the series this Saturday Februay 18 at 8:30 p.m. on Disney XD, Sabine takes the darksaber back to her people to recruit them to the Rebel cause. That means we're going to Mandalore, right? Not so fast...
"We might be going somewhere unexpected," actress Tiya Sircar, the voice of Sabine, teased to ComicBook.com. She was checking with Lucasfilm PR about whether it was too much of a tease, but after being assured she could say it, added, "Where we're going might not be where you think we're going."
Fans were assuming that the crew of the Ghost was heading to Mandalore, the traditional seat of power of the Mandalorian people, but it sounds like we'll be going to another one of their planets. That could have something to do with the devastating Imperial weapon that Sabine revealed she helped design, and was turned on her people. It's interesting to see more of the former Mandalorian empire, one of the few individual cultures that's not a crime family that actually expanded out into other planets and even systems. We've seen the decimated Concord Dawn, of course, and saw Mandalore and the moon Concordia on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. So is another location coming? It sure sounds like it.
As for her own reaction, well, Sircar is anxiously awaiting the return of the series just as much as any of us are.
"I haven't seen any of those episodes, but I can't wait!" she teased, when we discussed the season 3 mid-season trailer. "I know people have different opinions about what that was in the trailer, but there's more to come, which is very exciting."
Star Wars Rebels returns with "Legacy of Mandalore" this Saturday, and runs straight through until the two-part season finale on March 25.
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Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD, and follows the adventures of Hera (Vanessa Marshall), Sabine (Tiya Sircar), Zeb (Steve Blum), and the Jedi Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray), a small crew that's finding their way in the nascent Rebel Alliance a few years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Executive produced by Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni, the in-canon series helps to connect the worlds of the films and the previous animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with guest appearances so far by characters like Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Leia Organa, Wedge Antilles, and more.