The Ghost crew currently has their hands full combating the Empire on Lothal, but their fates beyond the fourth and final season of #StarWarsRebels largely remain a mystery. Fans have witnessed the characters play key roles in shaping the Rebellion, as they've interacted with a range of key characters, including the likes of Leia, Darth Vader and Saw Gerrera.
The ultimate fate of the Ghost crew is slowly become less of a mystery, though. The newest installment of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny — "An Imperial Feast" — has just revealed a character that will not only remain vital to the Rebellion throughout the original trilogy, but will at least survive until the end of Return of the Jedi.
"An Imperial Feast" begins on Endor in the wake of the Rebellion's victory at the end of #ReturnoftheJedi. The Ewoks begin preparing their victory meal by trying to roast the defeated, now captive, Stormtroopers. Han and Chewbacca watch, chuckling and having a good old time until Leia shows up. As always, Leia provides a strong, moral compass, even when it's the tougher road to take. She knows the Ewoks are hungry following their inspired fighting against the Empire alongside the Rebellion, but Leia also knows the Rebellion can't stoop to turning Stormtroopers into food. After all, it wasn't long ago that Han and Chewbacca were nearly cooked for an Ewok meal.
Leia's solution is for Han to find General Syndulla on Endor to receive ration packs in order to feed the Ewoks. General Syndulla is, of course, Hera Syndulla, pilot of the Ghost and Phoenix Squadron leader in Star Wars Rebels. Voiced by Vanessa Marshall just as she is on the show, Hera speaks with Han and gives him the ration packs, but only after he grudgingly states that the Ghost is a superior ship to the Millennium Falcon.
Hera's role in the Rebellion beyond Star Wars Rebels was already teased by Easter Eggs in Rogue One. She also appeared in Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. However, The Freemaker Adventures are not considered canon. This makes Hera's appearance in "An Imperial Feast" the first canon confirmation of her survival beyond #RogueOne. Audiences now know that not only did Hera survive the Battle of Scarif, but she continued to play a crucial role in the Rebellion throughout the original trilogy all the way to the Battle of Endor. Based on her conversation with Han and Chopper's interaction with R2-D2, audiences also know that Hera continues to pilot the Ghost with her trusty droid at her side beyond Rogue One and for many years to come.
There's something satisfying in the knowledge that the Ghost crew contributed so much to building and continuing the Rebellion, and at the very least, Hera and Chopper will live to see the Rebellion's ultimate victory at the end of Return of the Jedi. Only time will tell which other members of the Ghost crew — if any — will also live to see the Empire defeated. Fans can find comfort knowing Hera can still play a significant role when Star Wars Rebels ends. As more comics, novels, future animated television shows and standalone films emerge, there's ample opportunity to further explore Hera's life in the Rebellion during the original trilogy.
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