In the last episode before the current hiatus of Star Wars Rebels, we saw Sabine and Ezra's relationship get turned upside down. No longer was Ezra the scrappy "little brother" looking up to Sabine's more worldly and confident persona. This time, Ezra was in charge, and literally had to teach her. That relationship has developed quite a bit this season in particular, as Ezra has grown up considerably in the last two years, now a capable warrior struggling with his own dark side. Sabine, meanwhile, finally revealed her own dark past, and that should change things further as the season rolls on.
"I've said before, she was always the most reluctant member of the Ghost Crew to accept Ezra and his joining the fold. The most skeptical and the most distrustful, just from what's in her nature. Over time, that's obviously changed," actress Tiya Sircar told ComicBook.com in an interview. "She used to call him "kid" and basically get his goat as often as possible. I think that dynamic has shifted quite a bit in that he's a member of the family and she entrusts him with her life on a daily basis. Those matters of trust and all that stuff went out the window a long time ago."
When she had to learn directly from him, as he taught her the basics of using a lightsaber, of course, she was "reluctant at first." That wasn't necessarily because it was Ezra, just because she had to learn at all.
"I don't think Sabine likes to have to learn from anyone or admit that she maybe doesn't know something, particularly in this specific example. We're talking about fighting and swordplay and she's like, "What, I'm going to learn from a kid?" It goes back to that dynamic, but I think as the episode goes on, we obviously see Sabine more vulnerable than we've ever seen her before and probably more than she's allowed herself to be in who knows how long," Sircar said.
Their relationship shifts in that moment, though, because "Ezra treats her with such patience and kindness and love that it makes her realize that she's being petty and she does have something to learn from him." That's a moment Sircar came closer to Sabine.
"I really love the shift in her finally acknowledging that and actually going through the paces with him and allowing him to teach her. I think Sabine's obviously got an ego and I think the fact that Kanan doesn't even feel like he ... In her eyes, she thinks that Kanan feels like she's not even worthy of him teaching her and he gets the kid to do it. That's a bruise to her ego but I think throughout the course of the episode she realizes that those are her own issues and that she needs to get over them."
Her favorite moment was when Ezra stuck it to her a bit, though.
"I really loved that moment when he says, 'At least you have parents to go back to...' That gets me. It gets me good. I think that really puts things in perspective for her."
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