Dave Filoni Discusses The Game-Changing Mid-Season Return Of Star Wars Rebels
After the two most recent episodes of Star Wars Rebels, nothing will ever be the same for the crew of the Ghost. Series creator and former showrunner Dave Filoni answers some burning questions fans have about the climactic pair of episodes in a new interview from SyFy Wire.
Unmarked spoilers ahead. This will be your only warning.
So… Kanan Jarrus is dead. And not in an ambiguous sort of case like what happened with Ahsoka back at the end of Season 2 – he explicitly became one with the Force as he pulled off a White Heat homage for long enough to let Hera and the others to get clear of the blast radius. And as we find out in the subsequent episode, he takes the form of a Loth-Wolf in the Force itself… Or rather, the Loth-Wolf named DUME couldn’t exist while Kanan still lived, as Dave Filoni explains when asked about why Ezra doesn’t recognize the fact that Kanan is DUME:
“What I will say is 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. There’s a similarity between these type of occurrences. The only wolf that’s particularly what you would call real are probably the gray ones that are always running around but don’t really say much. The white one is more of a guide. We can get into that later. There’s a little more you need to see before we really break it down.”
Before Kanan dies, though, he tells Hera that he needs to let her know something. but he dies before that can ever happen. Filoni explains that this was a late addition to the script and was either one of two things – a warning to her about the danger of this mission, or his decision to explain how he feels about her:
“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.”
Speaking of Hera, Chopper’s reaction to the news has him dropping his typically-abrasive behavior altogether was one of the more understated moments in the wake of a tragedy. Filoni is of the belief that this was a scene where he needed to show, not tell, and he actually omitted a bit of dialogue to achieve this end:
“For me, how Hera deals with this is very important. She’s very distraught, but she’s also a powerful leader. I didn’t want her to melt into nothing because Kanan was gone. I think she has a lot of pride. I’ve always felt Chopper has this secret high emotional level. People don’t realize sometimes the reason someone is cantankerous or picks on them is because they care a great deal. You start to see the beginning of Chopper’s little facade break there a little bit, and the idea that he would be the one that could approach her and know not to say anything but just take her hand was a powerful image.”
Lastly, Filoni notes that while he expected backlash to follow the death of a beloved character, he also tells the fans to be patient and that it was done as an important part of the remainder of the show’s story:
“It’s very simple, [you] just have to trust me. [You] have to trust me here in where we’re going with it. None of it is done recklessly or because of a line in [Return of the Jedi]. 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.”
For the full interview, go to SyFy Wire‘s page. What did you guys think of the two episodes? Let us know in the comments and on The Cantina!
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.