While any of those Jedi might probably break the web on Friday, there may be one different beloved Star Wars character who many followers hope will make his live-action debut in Chapter 16: Ezra Bridger, a hero who not solely might nonetheless be alive in the course of the time of The Mandalorian however who additionally has direct ties to different cameo characters like Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze. In reality, ever because the latter two animated characters had been confirmed for the live-action collection, many have puzzled in the event that they had been paving the way in which for this third main visitor look.
For those that missed Rebels throughout its authentic run or haven’t binged it on Disney+ but (disgrace on you), Ezra is the principle protagonist of the animated collection, a younger, Force-sensitive freedom fighter who joins a band of rebels often known as the Spectres within the years earlier than the official begin of the Galactic Civil War. He’s one of many earliest rebels and a key participant within the formation of the Rebel Alliance, and even brushes shoulders with lots of its leaders, comparable to Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and Princess Leia.
In the years simply previous to A New Hope, Ezra additionally turns into one of many few Jedi left within the galaxy when former-Jedi-turned-Spectre Kanan Jarrus decides to coach him within the methods of the Force. Together, the grasp and apprentice delve deeper into the secrets and techniques of the Force, the Jedi, and the Sith than any of the characters within the films have. But whereas Ezra’s connection to the Force and his life as a Jedi padawan are integral to his function on the present, his storyline all the time goes again to being a insurgent on his dwelling planet of Lothal, which he tries to free from the Empire all through the collection.
Finally, within the collection finale, “Family Reunion — Farewell,” Ezra will get his probability to liberate Lothal as soon as and for all. But it comes at a price. While combating Grand Admiral Thrawn’s forces, he and the Chiss Imperial are zapped into hyperspace to elements unknown, leaving the destiny of each the hero and the villain unresolved. Two years because the Rebels finale, we nonetheless don’t know the place Ezra is.
Fans of Rebels undoubtedly perked up when contemplating the implications of Ahsoka’s return on The Mandalorian and the way it may open the door for Ezra to return again, too. After all, the final time we noticed Ahsoka (chronologically) was on Lothal, the place she reunited with Sabine Wren (one other Mandalorian) earlier than heading out on an journey collectively to seek out their lacking comrade.