ByThomas Storai, writer at
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Since the beginning of Star Wars Rebels, there has been a question among fans whether Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus would survive or die at the end of the series. They're not like Hera or Zeb in that they are force-sensitive and they use lightsabers. The problem is there are no mentions of Jedi being alive in the Original Trilogy apart from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Yoda even says to Luke in The Return of the Jedi "Luke, when gone am I... the last of the Jedi will you be," meaning Luke is alone and there can't be any other survivors.

So, does this necessarily mean our two heroes have to die before the series ends? The answer may not be that simple, so let's see what could happen to them.

'I Am No Jedi!'

"Twilight of the Apprentice" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]
"Twilight of the Apprentice" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]

Kanan and Ezra could, for example, follow the path of Ahsoka Tano. At the end of the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she walked away from the Jedi Order refusing to come back in their ranks. In Star Wars Rebels, she returned as a member of the Rebellion. She used white lightsabers, showing her non-alignment. Tano was neither a Jedi nor a Sith but became a force-sensitive from the Light side. She clearly stated it to Darth Vader in "Twilight of the Apprentice" when she said "I am no Jedi!"

The episode ended with her returning inside the Sith Temple, unsure whether she was deadly wounded or going in exile. We were left with many unanswered questions, but if we consider she is still alive now, it won't contradict Yoda's quote that Luke is the last Jedi, as Tano is no longer a Jedi.

Thus, it's not impossible to imagine the same kind of situation happening to either Ezra or Kanan, where something leads them to walk away from the Jedi way and become a non-aligned force-sensitive entity. That something could be if Kanan and Ezra remain with the Ghost crew as Jedi. Darth Vader would always go after them because they represent too much danger for the Empire, so to protect the people they love Ezra and Kanan would have to walk away from the Jedi path.

Is Ezra Really A Jedi?

"Twilight of the Apprentice" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]
"Twilight of the Apprentice" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]

Kanan certainly is, maybe not a Jedi Knight but a Jedi nevertheless — he used to be Depa Billaba's Padawan. For Ezra, it is much more complicated. Considering Kanan is technically still a Padawan, he cannot train someone — technically. After everything Kanan has been through, couldn't he be considered a Jedi Knight? He defeated the Grand Inquisitor, he is now blind and he has faced more trials than some Jedi.

When Luke Skywalker defeats Darth Vader in The Return Of The Jedi, he becomes a Jedi Knight; it's his last trial. So, we could imagine that it's the same for Kanan. Maybe he became a Jedi Knight at the end of the Season 1, thus making Ezra his Padawan and therefore a Jedi.

However, the Season 2 finale changed everything for the character. Ezra opened the Sith Holocron at the very end of the double episode. Here's the problem: Maul said that a Jedi couldn't open a Sith Holocron, so Ezra can't really be a Jedi anymore. Of course, we could contest Maul's words but I don't see why he would have lied about it.

At this point, Yoda's remark about the Jedi no longer applies to Ezra even if he doesn't really realize what happened to him. I don't think Ezra consciously stopped calling himself a Jedi. I think the situation is complicated enough to not have a clear answer. This leads us to Ezra's destiny — maybe could we find a better answer to the question?

A Destiny To Bridge Something?

"Legacy" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]
"Legacy" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]

Ezra has a particular name: Bridger. In Star Wars we all know that names are not random. His name would suggest that Ezra is supposed to bridge something, but what? That's hard to tell. With three seasons it's still quite unclear what he is supposed to bridge.

My personal theory is that Ezra has been uniting people on Lothal and elsewhere, inciting them to join the Rebellion. Somehow he is a symbol of hope. It makes me wonder if maybe his role is to be this bridge between the common people and the Rebellion (its military forces) so that the two would all work together and be this larger rebellion — the Alliance. I think Ezra can manage to survive and even completely abandon the Force path. I can't say the same about Kanan.

The Master Is Always Doomed To Die

"Trials Of The Darksaber" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]
"Trials Of The Darksaber" 'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Lucasfilm Animation / Disney-ABC TV]

At the beginning of my post, I stated the possibility of Kanan following Ahsoka's path. However, Kanan is far too invested in the Jedi way to walk away from it. He has embraced who he is and he has become more powerful by following this path than he could have ever been. So I doubt he could ever walk away from it, especially now that he is blind, as it makes him wiser.

There is also one problem with Kanan: He is Ezra's master and father figure. There is a sad tradition for masters/father figures in , — Death. Qui-Gon Jinn in the Prequels, Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Originals, Han Solo in the Sequels — they are all dead. It's unlikely Kanan can escape his fate. He has to die before the end and have a death significant enough to affect Ezra's story as well as the rest of the Ghost. The best death for Kanan would be his sacrifice to save them. He doesn't have much left to teach Ezra, he has trained Sabine, so what's up for him now? It's the end of the road for this character. We don't know how many seasons of there will be, but maybe Season 3 is his time.

The most possible outcome for these two characters will likely be Kanan's death and Ezra's survival. What do you think will happen to them? Do you think they can survive? Or, do you think they will die?


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