SPOILERS for Star Wars Rebels ahead.
Dave Filoni has dissected the shocking Star Wars Rebels‘ midseason premiere, which saw the death of Kanan Jarrus. After a three-month wait, Rebels is finally back for its last few episodes. But what seemingly looked like another successful operation by the Ghost Crew rescuing their leader – who was captured by the Empire – quickly turned into one of the show’s most emotional offerings yet.
While the two-parter was packed with a lot of interesting bits that could potentially mean something big for the show’s finale, Filoni has specifically talked about Kanan’s heartbreaking death. Being one of the show’s core characters, the Jedi warrior was a fan-favorite, so Filoni obviously wanted to break down the final moments before his sacrificial death – from the emotional exchange with Hera to what is happening now with Dume the Wolf.
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Sitting down with SyFy Wire, the writer/producer first dissected Kanan’s unfinished sentence about wanting to tell Hera something, saying that it was actually a late addition to the script:
“I always played with the idea that if he has an inkling that he might die that day during that mission, I thought he would have an instinct to want to tell her, but that could be dangerous. I think it’s very human in that moment to say, “I need to tell you this, something really bad might happen today.” And how he feels about her. I thought without that moment where he wants to be completely truthful to her it just feels false.”
As for the enigmatic Dume wolf, which most everybody presumes is the fallen Jedi’s reincarnation, Filoni is being less forthcoming. However, he did share that “Dume the Wolf can’t exist until Kanan the Jedi is gone. Those two things don’t exist at the same time. Dume the Wolf has a lot in common with Bendu as far as what kind of thing they are.”
With just four episodes left (including a one-hour series finale) spread out in the next two Mondays, Rebels doesn’t have a lot of time to be delving more into these complex spiritual themes. On top of that, there is still a slew of loose plot lines that we hope that show will tie-up before it officially goes off the air, including the existing mystery of Ahsoka’s whereabouts. Acknowledging that at this point, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, Filoni asks viewers to have faith in him and his story group that everything will make sense once Rebels finally bows out:
It’s very simple, they just have to trust me. They have to trust me here in where we’re going with it. None of it is done recklessly or because of a line in a different movie. It’s all important. It’s as important to the people making it as it is to the people watching it, the reason we’re trying to do this so well is because we value the people that have stuck with us for all four seasons. This is how the story has to go. I think we’ll see what they think when they come out the other side.
What’s great about Rebels‘ pre-announced ending is that it allows Filoni to conclude his Disney XD series on his own terms, unlike what happened with Star Wars: Clone Wars, which was suddenly canceled. This means he should be able to give every single Rebels character (including the villains, particularly Thrawn) their fitting last hurrah – whether that’s biting the bullet or launching into a brand new adventure. Among the remaining five heroes, we’re certain of only two – Hera and Chopper – surviving past the events of the show. What happens to Ezra, Sabine and Zeb, that remain to be seen.
Star Wars Rebels returns with another back-to-back offering in “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds” next Monday, February 26 at 9pm EST on Disney XD
Source: SyFy Wire
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