(Disclaimer: Spoilers for Star Wars Rebels below. Continue at your own risk!)
Star Wars Rebels is in its third season on Disney XD, and has been an amazing addition to the new canon. Not only do we get to see the characters we know (Darth Vader, Leia, Darth Maul), we get to see them interact flawlessly with the new cast of lovable misfits aboard The Ghost. Much like its predecessor The Clone Wars, Rebels has been able to deepen the lore, sometimes even giving us a hint at what's to come.
Speaking of "what's to come", the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, entitled "Visions and Voices", gave us some clues about a certain family lineage. I am, of course, referring to the mystery regarding Rey's parents from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
How does Rey tie in to Rebels? Well, it involves a bit of #StarWars history (which is still unfolding in the new canon), and the possible existence of the unknown offspring of a certain #Jedi: Obi-Wan Kenobi. This child may be someone you've already come to know and love on Star Wars Rebels.
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The Kenobi Theory
Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered a year ago, and it left many unanswered questions in its wake. Fans began to theorize about many of the questions it left unanswered, particularly the heritage of Rey: an extremely powerful force wielder who has a connection to someone in the Star Wars universe.
Many fans began to speculate that Rey is related to Luke Skywalker. However, that idea would soon be called to into question, as other theories began to pop up. Another extremely popular theory is that she might be a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The major problem with this theory is that we currently do not know if Obi-Wan had any descendants — and if Obi-Wan does have progeny running around, who are they? More pressingly, who is their mother?
Before we look at how Star Wars Rebels has potentially answered these questions, we are going to look at the history that supports the theory that someone on Rebels is a child of Obi-Wan. First, we must go back to the Clone Wars TV Show, that gives us a possible love interest for Obi-Wan.
Obi-Wan's Love: Duchess Satine Kryze
Satine was the leader of the New Mandalorians and the planet Mandalore during the Clone Wars, as depicted on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi was tasked with protecting Satine during the Mandalorian War. The two became very close friends, but both yearned for something more — much like Anakin and Padme in the prequels.
Watch a clip of Obi-Wan and Satine Below:
If Obi-Wan had "relations" with anyone in the universe we've already met on-screen, it would have been Satine. The pair declared their love for each other in the Clone Wars TV show, but we have no evidence that they consummated the relationship.
It is possible that they did have a child, but Satine would've given birth during the Clone Wars. There is a gap of time on the show where we don't see Satine for quite some time. She could have been pregnant and had the baby then, but that is the only time-frame that works. It couldn't have been later because the next time she appeared on the show would be her last.
Watch the death of Satine below:
Satine met her fate at the hands of Darth Maul, who killed her as revenge against Obi-Wan. This scene is very important because of what she says to Obi-Wan before she dies. Her last words to Obi-Wan were: "Remember my dear Obi-Wan, I loved you always... I always will". This is not something you would say to a passing fling. They were both each others' true loves, which makes her most likely to be the mother of his child (people don't usually randomly impregnate each other in the Star Wars universe — children are always the product of true love!)
Since Star Wars films love hiding children away from evil forces who wish to corrupt them (Rey, Luke, Leia), a secret Satine/Obi-Wan child can't be dismissed out of hand. So if Obi-Wan had a child, how would we know?
"Visions and Voices"
The writers of the Star Wars canon leave little clues and Easter Eggs for fans to follow. The clue that set off alarms in Star Wars Rebels was the inclusion of The Darksaber — the weapon that Darth Maul used to kill Satine.
During the episode "Visions and Voices", we learned that Darth Maul still has the Darksaber from when he murdered Satine on Mandalore. Maul has hidden it away on his desolate home-world of Dathomir, where he took Ezra so that they could discover the hiding place of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Once on Dathomir, Maul and Ezra summoned the Nightsisters, who were once very powerful witches, but are now trapped in a cave on the planet. Once summoned, the Nightsisters successfully located the planet Obi-Wan is on.
Meanwhile, Sabine and Kanan followed a tracking device they placed on Ezra. They arrived on Dathomir, and entered the cave of the Nightsisters. They both get possessed by the spirit of the witches, and Ezra ends up defeating them by destroying the Nightsister's alter by striking it with his lightsaber and the Darksaber. Before leaving the planet, Sabine — almost as if it was calling to her — picks up the Darksaber, and brings it with her on their ship.
Sabine Wren (Kenobi?)
Executive producer, Dave Filoni, already teased the idea that Sabine will be key to Star Wars Rebels Season 3:
Sabine’s story will grow greatly in importance in the third season, and she kind of comes up to stand next to Ezra as far as being an important player on the show. And she isn’t as much a supporting character, which I think is a great transition for her as a character.
True to Filoni's word, thus far, Season 3 has been very focused on Sabine Wren. We've explored her background, and continue to learn more about her. We know that she is from Mandalore, that she is part of the House Vizsla, and that her mother was a member of the Death Watch: a Mandalorian splinter cell that took over Mandalore during the Clone Wars.
But, was her mother really a member of Death Watch? It seems more like a classic Star Wars misdirect, much like Princess Leia being Bail Organa's daughter. It seems odd that they would place a tertiary character front and center on Rebels. Let alone, spend so much time with her origin story. They seem to be positioning her for a big reveal of sorts, one that may have an impact on future saga films.
Watch Sabine embrace the Darksaber on Star Wars Rebels:
There are far too many threads connecting Sabine Wren and Satine Kryze for them just to mean nothing. As well as this recent development with the Darksaber, Sabine herself is connected to Mandalore. Also, we've previously seen Sabine tell a vague story about her mother, who is not named - much like the story they told Luke when he was young. Dave Filoni has also stated that Sabine's mother was present on Mandalore, during Star Wars: The Clone Wars. All of these tasty nuggets lead me to believe that Sabine is the daughter of Obi-Wan and Satine.
We know that Sabine is of vital importance this season, and the other story line involves our heroes searching for Obi-Wan Kenobi. I'm pretty sure the big reveal will come at the end of the season, and will fill in the gaps of the Obi-Wan theory. If Sabine is Obi-Wan's daughter, this fills in an important piece of the puzzle in the 'Obi-Wan is Rey's ancestor' theory.
Along with all of the new Star Wars canon, Rebels is deepening the lore in ways we didn't think were possible. The good folks at Disney/Lucasfilm continue to tell wonderful stories that enrich the universe and really compliment the films. Since the new Star Wars lore only goes back to Episode I, it makes perfect sense to populate the new books, comics, and TV shows with new characters that deepen the backstory of certain characters. Sabine being part of Rey's lineage would definitely strengthen the universe, and bring all of the non-saga stories together in a satisfying way. Unfortunately, Episode VIII doesn't come out for another year, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on December 16th, 2016!