This Saturday, Star Wars Rebels returns after a month-long hiatus. With a lot left hanging from the last few episodes, the show definitely has a lot to cover, and a newly released sneak peek suggests the show is not holding back.
One of the character arcs taking precedence recently has been Sabine’s, who’s become one of the more interesting characters in the show. When fans know a good deal about the events leading into Star Wars Rebels, and a great deal about the events following Star Wars Rebels, Sabine is compelling because she seems to be a nexus between the two, yet there is very little known about her.
She’s a member of House Vizsla and wielder of the darksaber. The darksaber is the ancient lightsaber of the first Mandalorian Jedi, Ta Vizsla, and has been seen as a sign of authority with some Mandalorians for generations. It was seized by Darth Maul when he defeated Pre Vizsla and took over Mandalore in Star Wars: The Clone Wars before eventually coming to Sabine. Fans know the phoenix sigil she paints eventually becomes the banner of the Rebel Alliance, even referred to in some sources as the “Wren Phoenix.” Yet Sabine, and the rest of the Mandalorians, have no known presence in the Rebel Alliance during the events of the original trilogy.
In this newest clip, Sabine is seen returning to her people, where her mother immediately tries to have her arrested before Sabine presents the darksaber, which is obviously seen reverentially by her mother and the Mandalorian guards.
What little is known about Sabine’s backstory was revealed just recently before the show went on a month-long break in the episode ‘Trials of the Darksaber’. In that episode, she reveals to Kanan that she defected from the Empire to save her people, but they sided with the Empire over her and cast her away. It’s obvious she has an uphill battle in front of her to garner favor with the Mandalorians, so it will definitely be interesting to see how this plays out.
Many fans are also curious to find out what happened to the Mandalorians after the Seige of Mandalore, which is briefly referenced in Rebels season 2 and the Ahsoka novel. After Maul took over the planet, Ahsoka led clone troopers against him, forcing him to flee, but it’s said Mandalore “burned anyway.” Does this mean the Mandalorians have left their home planet and been scattered across the galaxy? With an episode title like ‘Legacy of Mandalore’, it sounds as though some of those answers might be on their way.
Star Wars Rebels season 3 will return February 18 with ‘Legacy of Mandalore’ @8:30pm on Disney XD.
Source: Star Wars