After tonight's Star Wars Rebels, we have new insight on a lot of the mysteries of the show. Whether it's Ahsoka's official revelation, Yoda's omens and advice, or Kanan's new big step as a Jedi, there were absolutely answers to questions in this episode.
But like any good serialized story, those answers also make us ask new questions, as we look at the series and these characters we've grown to love, and start to wonder what's in store.
Here are the biggest unanswered questions we expect we'll see answers to in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels.
Do the Jedi need to leave the Rebellion?
The start of the episode saw Kanan and Ezra fighting the Inquisitors, spoiling a planet they were scouting out for the burgeoning Rebel Alliance to be a home base.
And Kanan brought up the rancor in the room - should the Jedi even be with the rebels?
He seems to think that right now, with the Inquisitors and Darth Vader out there tracking them (presumably through the Force) and coming after them full-bore, that they might be doing the Rebels more harm than good. And it's an interesting point. Yoda later talks about not fighting being a possible better move. And of course, when all is said and done, there are no Jedi with the Rebel Alliance when we first see it on the big screen, and when Luke joins it, no others jump up and say "Oh yeah, I'm Ezra! I'm a Jedi too!"prevnext
How far did the Jedi fall during the Clone Wars?
One of the most interesting revelations in an episode full of them comes from Master Yoda, who "carried a deep sorrow" as the Clone War built up.
He also tells Ezra that he feels the Jedi were "consumed by the dark side" during the war, and that fighting in the manner they did, as generals in the Republic army, was the wrong move.
"Consumed by fear I was. A challenge, life long it is, to not bend fear into anger." Now, Yoda has always been something of a pessimist. He didn't believe Luke could overcome the dark side without more training from Yoda personally, something Luke proved wrong. Still, it puts a much darker spin on the entire Clone War if you think about the Jedi all being pulled to the dark. It also begs another question...prevnext
How far from Jedi teachings has Ahsoka gone?
When they arrive at the Jedi Temple on Lothal, Ahsoka declines trying to open it, telling Kanan and Ezra to do it themselves. Her choice to leave the Jedi Order, she implies, would make it a bad scenario.
So just how far from the Jedi teachings has she gone?
Sure, she uses the noncommittal white lightsabers to show that she walks her own path, but we really know basically nothing about her time from when she left the Jedi to when she showed up as Fulcrum on Rebels. Has Ahsoka walked a darker path than we might expect, or trained in other Force abilities besides those the Jedi adhere to? I suspect we'll find out much more in the coming episodes, as they build to the confrontation between her and her former master.prevnext
Why is Darth Vader so confident?
Say what you will about Darth Vader, but that guy never seems to falter. When the Inquisitors complain that the Jedi are getting to strong, he all but laughs in their faces, saying simply, "It will be their undoing."
They're getting stronger so... they'll fail?
This speaks, most likely, to the prevailing power of the dark side of the Force in this era. With the Sith in power over the galaxy (and the imbalance struck on Mortis in The Clone Wars), the dark side is so strong that any Force power that builds up in its face becomes fuel for it. Just look at the big reveal in this episode, that the Grand Inquisitor was once a Jedi Temple Guard, one of the most elite positions a Jedi Knight could hold outside of being on the Council itself.
So then, Vader seems confident in the omens given by that Guard and by Yoda himself, that Ezra can be turned, and Kanan will be killed. Ezra Bridger, secret apprentice to Darth Vader and new Grand Inquisitor would certainly be one heck of a twist.prevnext
Is Ezra doomed?
And that brings us to our final question: can Ezra Bridger possibly have a happy ending out of all of this? It's the same question people started asking about Ahsoka fairly early on into the Clone Wars, and with increased frequency as that series progressed. Sure, #AhsokaLives, but at a large cost, one that is still playing out.
So what about Ezra? Well, while we don't see any of the Rebels crew in Star Wars: A New Hope, that doesn't mean they don't exist in the very large Rebel Alliance. We don't meet every single person in that group, after all. However, there is a lot of talk of the sudden emergence of Luke (and to an extent Obi-Wan) as Jedi. Even Leia, who has met Kanan and Ezra, seems surprised to see someone wielding a lightsaber and talking about the Force.0comments
That seems to imply, then, that not only do Kanan and Ezra leave the Rebels - either through death, exile, or by turning evil - but that they do it with an extended period of time between their leaving and the Alliance going full force and blowing up the Death Star. There's only a few years between the "now" or Rebels and the Battle of Yavin.
And that means Ezra Bridger, especially, this one whose powers are growing too fast and is becoming too dangerous, this one that the Jedi Temple Guards think needs to die and that Vader is confident about, sure seems to be doomed. There's certainly a pall of worry around his every battle from here on out.prev