WARNING: This story contains spoilers from tonight's Star Wars Rebels episode "Legacy of Mandalore". If you haven't seen the episode yet and don't want to be spoiled stop reading now. This is your SPOILER ALERT!
By: Dominic Jones
The Star Wars Rebels episode "Legacy of Mandalore" ended with a shocking twist that will shake up the series going forward. After reuniting with her family and defeating Gar Saxon, the Emperor's Hand and Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, Sabine Wren chose to stay with her family rather than return to the Rebellion. Sabine has been a main character on the series since Season One of Rebels, so her departure will have repercussions on the characters and events going forward. Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni spoke with Nerdist following the episode about Sabine's choice and what it means for the future of the series.
On Sabine's decision, Filoni said,
"It just feels right. Everything she’s learned and grown through, and everything that she’s overcome, especially in those two episodes, I think dictates that she has to continue to deal with this. It’s not something that she can just walk away from, and say, ‘Well I’m gonna go back with my rebel friends now. [laughs] Have fun! I opened up all of these things and Mandalore’s in a state of civil war now, but…'"
When asked about whether or not Sabine would return to Rebels, Filoni said,
"Sabine is such a beloved character, I would say both on the show and in the fandom. The risky part about it is that you lose that incredible dynamic. She has a great dynamic with Kanan and Ezra, the actors all love being around each other. It’s kind of fun to mess with them a little bit and say, “Okay, say goodbye to Tiya [Sircar].’ And then they don’t know what’s happening and I love doing that stuff. But I think we will have to have Sabine back in a bit because she’s just too fun."
He also addressed the scenes between Sabine and her mother, Ersa Wren, saying,
"All the scenes with her mother are really important; you’re seeing these two women working these things out. It’s not something you get a lot of opportunity to do, especially in an action adventure. It really helps broaden things, I think. (...) So, I have to hopefully get her back here sooner, and I hope it could be to great effect. I don’t want to give anything away, but it could be very important in the end."
As for the future of Mandalore on Rebels, Katee Sackhoff recently said she would be reprising her role as Bo-Katan from The Clone Wars in a future episode. When asked about seeing Bo-Katan on Rebels, Filoni said,
"I would say there’s a probability of her returning that’s rather high [laughs]. So, we’ll have to wait and see how that develops. I love that character, she was my one of my favorite characters that we got to do on Clone Wars. I actually had a lot planned with that character toward the end of that series, so it would be fun to bring her back"
Sabine's decision certainly was a surprise, and there are definitely more questions to be asked about how it affects the rest of the series. But it seems pretty clear that Rebels is not done with Mandalore by any stretch, so it seems safe to say we'll be seeing Sabine again sooner rather than later.
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