A clip from the season 4 premiere of Star Wars Rebels features the return of former Death Watch member Bo-Katan, now the rightful leader of the Mandalorians. As Rebels prepares to wrap up its story with its fourth and final season, the show will be looking back as much as forward. In the past, Rebels hasn't been shy about cameos from the films and introducing characters like Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from The Clone Wars. Naturally, the new season won't be any different.
Teased in the trailer for the new season, the Ghost crew will be going through a lot as they seek to defeat Thrawn. With the enemy on their tails, Kanan and Ezra will dive deeper into the Force, Hera will grow as a Rebel leader as the events of Rogue One approach, and Sabine will finally ascend to a position of power amongst her people. Last season saw the young Mandalorian grapple with her past, confront her family, and turn an enemy into an ally. As the new season of Rebels kicks off, she'll gain a new partner in her fight who has ties to the past of Star Wars.
IGN has a new clip from the two-part premiere of Rebels, 'Heroes of Mandalore.' In it, Sabine and Ezra are introduced to Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan, who was last seen on The Clone Wars.
Like the Darksaber, Bo-Katan was introduced as a part of a Mandalorian arc that saw the terrorist group Death Watch attempt to overthrow Satine, the ruler of a now-peacefull Mandalore. As the clip reminds viewers, Bo-Katan was Satine's sister, and the death of the latter helped the former turn to the side of good. Though Bo-Katan seems reluctant to be a ruler, she is the rightful heir to Mandalore.
We also see Sabine once again try to rid herself of the Darksaber. She's never been comfortable with the Mandalorian heirloom, but images release yesterday from the premiere show her proudly wielding it. Hopefully, the arrival of Bo-Katan will help to push Sabine towards being the leader she's been destined to become.
It's also interesting to see the Mandalorians move to the center of storytelling again. In the original trilogy, Boba Fett was the sole member of the race represented. He's more of an outcast, however, who long since had his ties to his people severed. It will be intriguing to see what becomes of the Mandalorians as Rebels catches up to A New Hope, leaving the fate of a number of characters hanging in the balance.
Rebels season 4 premieres October 16 on Disney XD.