The Mandalorian may feature Star Wars Rebels' Sabine Wren after the character's helmet is reportedly spotted on set. Created by Jon Favreau for Disney's own streaming service, Disney Plus, the spinoff series takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and will center on a single-operating Mandalorian gunfighter (Pedro Pascal). Considering the time period where the show is set, it opens up the opportunity to bring back some notable characters from around that era, including Sabine.
One of the six new characters Dave Filoni introduced via the Disney XD prequel animated series, Sabine joined Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Zeb, and Chopper (collectively as the Ghost crew) protect Lothal from the Empire. And months after Rebels went off the air, fans may be united with the Mandalorian warrior in the brand new series.
A report from Making Star Wars suggests that Sabine may appear in The Mandalorian after her supposed helmet was spotted on the set of the offshoot. While Mandalorian helmets look similar, Sabine's easily stands out due to her customization stemming from her love of art. This rumor connects to a previous one from the same outlet about the show using cutting-edge technology that will bring down the cost of real-time visual effects, which allows it to do film-level VFX work within their budget. And it turns out, this technology is being used on Sabine's helmet.
Of course, even if it really is Sabine's helmet, it's not necessarily a confirmation that she'll make an appearance with it. However, from a narrative standpoint, it makes sense to bring Sabine in The Mandalorian - not only is she a Mandalorian warrior, but she's also once wielded the famed Darksaber before handing it to Bo-Katan in the last season of Rebels. Considering what it means to the people of Mandalore, it would be interesting to see how Sabine's contemporaries treat her knowing her history with the weapon. Additionally, given the role that she played in sparking the Rebellion that ultimately defeated the Galactic Empire, it's curious to know the legacy she and the Ghost crew left behind years after their own battles.
Bringing back Sabine at the forefront of Star Wars storytelling through The Mandalorian also gives Lucasfilm the opportunity to fulfill the promise at the end of Star Wars Rebels. Following a time-jump to past the events of Return of the Jedi, Sabine and Ahsoka went on a mission of their own. It wasn't made clear what exactly they were up to at that point or why they're seemingly separated with Hera despite constantly being in communication, but Sabine sounds determined to find Ezra. Whether or not her potential appearance in the TV spinoff leads fans to his discovery remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, however, fans won't mind if they see more of the remaining Ghost crew in future Star Wars projects.
Source: Making Star Wars