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The fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels is picking up steam on Disney XD, and the Ghost crew is going through extra hazard than ever earlier than. In reality, the newest episode dropped some fairly large hints that the present is constructing to a significant tragedy for the rebels in Season four. Whereas the nice guys have loved some victories over the Empire in latest episodes, the chances are that the Empire is gearing as much as strike a big blow in opposition to freedom and justice within the galaxy. Here is the newest.
The Ghost crew cut up up in “Kindred” and “Crawler Commanders,” with Hera operating the Imperial blockade over Lothal to return important information on TIE Defenders to Insurgent Command and Kanan and Co. sticking round on Lothal as a floor assault workforce. Hera petitioned Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and different Insurgent leaders to let her lead an assault on the TIE Defender factories on Lothal, however the leaders weren’t leaping on the alternatives to assault the Imperials on Lothal, regardless of Hera’s preliminary requests. Mon Mothma revealed to Hera that they have been involved due to one thing known as “Protocol 13,” which entails the Empire strategically pulling their forces from an occupied planet.
Now, the episodes did not reveal any particulars about Protocol 13, nevertheless it sounds an terrible lot like what occurred when the Empire was gearing as much as use the Death Star on Jedha in Rogue One. It was an indication that one thing was improper on Jedha when the characters seen that the Empire was pulling its troops and ships from the moon.
The rationale for the retreat grew to become clear when Jedha Metropolis was destroyed by the Empire, killing all of the poor souls who hadn’t been flown to security by Imperials. In the Star Wars Rebels timeline, the destruction of Jedha hasn’t really occurred but and the Loss of life Star remains to be unknown to the Insurgent Alliance, however Protocol 13 could possibly be an indication that the Empire meant to check the Loss of life Star on one other planet a lot sooner than both Jedha or Alderaan.
It is also attainable that the Empire intends to devastate a planet with out bringing the Loss of life Star into the combination. The inhabitants of Geonosis was nearly completely worn out when the Empire determined to do away with the employees who might have held the secrets and techniques of the Loss of life Star, and a broadcast in Star Wars Rebels Season 1 referred to “Base Delta Zero.”
Followers of the Star Wars expanded universe will know that Base Delta Zero in previous canon referred to the whole floor destruction of a planet. It is attainable that Star Wars Rebels is intending to usher in a model of Base Delta Zero with Protocol 13, though the nasty particulars would nearly definitely not seem on display screen. This is Disney XD we’re speaking about. Then once more, we did see Zeb electrocuted by a whip wielded by a slaver in “Crawler Commanders,” so we should not rule out Rebels delving into some darkness. A Base Delta Zero may theoretically occur to Lothal or Mandalore or wherever else.
Then there’s the truth that the opening crawl of A New Hope method again in 1977 referred to the rebels as simply having “received their first victory in opposition to the evil Galactic Empire.” We now know that victory was the climax of Rogue One, when the rebels managed to steal the Loss of life Star Plans. If the plan to destroy the TIE Defender factories ends in an enormous tragedy to the folks of Lothal, the mission seemingly would not depend as a victory and subsequently would not contradict A New Hope‘s opening crawl. Throw in Kanan’s remark that he feels one thing extra sinister than the TIE Defenders is occurring on Lothal, and we must always in all probability be nervous. Then once more, there’s one other tragedy that could possibly be coming.
Star Wars Rebels actually appears to be tying off a number of free ends relating to Kanan Jarrus. The present has spent the previous three+ seasons teasing the romantic relationship between Kanan and Hera, and so they lastly shared an on-screen kiss in “Kindred.” Whereas they undoubtedly deserve their temporary moments of happiness, it is considerably foreboding that the present lastly delivered a kiss proper earlier than they separated, presumably without end. Rebels might have delivered a kiss simply to provide them one final hurrah earlier than killing Kanan off and forcing the Ghost crew to go on with out him. Whether or not or not the Empire goes full Base Delta Zero on Lothal stays to be seen; both method, Kanan and Co. are in a number of hazard on the bottom.
Any Star Wars fan additionally is aware of that there weren’t any Jedi operating across the Authentic Trilogy aside from Luke, which signifies that Kanan is out of fee with the primary Riot by the point A New Hope rolls round. We already know that Hera and Chopper survive to circa Return of the Jedi, because of the Forces of Future shorts. It is tough to think about a state of affairs the place Kanan would have left Hera behind for any cause aside from to struggle on the bottom on Endor, and he was nowhere to be seen.
Principally, the writing is a bit bit on the wall for poor Kanan. He even talked about again in Season three that he was operating out of issues to show Ezra in Season three, and Star Wars does love killing off the mentors of younger Jedi… may Kanan go the best way of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi? The point out of his actual title — Caleb Dume — in “Kindred” even signifies that Kanan is coming to phrases along with his tragic previous earlier than Order 66 destroyed the Jedi Order.
We’ll have to attend and see. It is attainable that there might be no gigantic tragedy and Kanan survives the occasions of Rebels and simply occurred to be on a mission elsewhere all through the unique trilogy. A Disney XD Star Wars present undoubtedly will not get too desperately darkish. Nonetheless, I would not put my cash on Kanan and/or Lothal surviving intact to the sequence finale. New episodes of Star Wars Rebels air on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Disney XD. You should definitely tune in to see the newest Star Wars motion forward of The Final Jedi in theaters this December.