WARNING: The following contains major SPOILERS relating to the most recently aired episode of Star Wars Rebels — "The Holocrons of Fate" — as well as speculation regarding the show's future plans. Proceed with whatever level of caution your nearest Jedi holocron suggests to you is wise.
Star Wars Rebels has traditionally taken full advantage of its setting in between the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels, returning fan favorites from both to the screen in fan-pleasing and often rather surprising ways. But the show's latest tease might just set up something far bigger than even the most optimistic of us were hoping for.
'Star Wars Rebels' Just Teased A Potentially Saga-Redefining Link To The Original Trilogy
Note: This is where those aforementioned giant plot SPOILERS really start to kick in.
Specifically, the latest episode of Rebels, "The Holocrons of Fate," saw unlikely double act Ezra and Darth Maul connect (legendary MacGuffins) the Jedi and Sith holocrons in order to answer some of the universe's greatest mysteries. Whether or not that included an explanation for the current US presidential election cycle remains to be seen, but it certainly featured an intriguing vision for young Ezra, who saw, in his own words, "twin suns." Which in turn prompted the enigmatic Maul to run off screaming, "I see him," and, "He lives," and to generally be even more weird than usual.
The reason that matters? Well, that'd be this particular planet right here:
And, crucially, its most famous denizen. Y'see, with Ezra's stated reasoning behind combining the holocrons being to find a way to destroy the Sith and all, it's tough not to interpret his vision as suggesting that Luke Skywalker (who, at this point in the Star Wars Rebels story, is still being raised on twin-sunned Tatooine) is the key to doing so. Which would seem to suggest that we might eventually see Rebels crossover with events from the original trilogy — and perhaps even see the long-dreamed-about rematch between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Could Maul have been actively searching for Kenobi, and revenge, while all the while Ezra was looking for the man (or, rather, boy) who could help to destroy the Sith, and who just so happens to be living on the very same planet as Kenobi? It seems a whole lot more likely than it did just a single episode ago.
What's more, it's not a theory that Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni seems especially inclined to debunk, telling io9:
"That’s a great theory. That’s an interesting theory ... It’s surprising who you cross paths with in life."
To which he of course added the proviso that there are a lot of planets out there with twin suns:
"You never know. It’s so subject to interpretation. I would say that in the Star Wars universe, a planet with twin suns is almost the most common kind of planet. Wherever you see expanded universe material there are tons of planets with twin suns. You can’t see an illustration from Star Wars without someone sticking two suns in the sky."
Yet he still found time to note that Maul's comments could still mean that the show will be visiting Tatooine at some point:
"It could be. That’s an exciting possibility. That could be really cool but we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t want to lead you on in any direction, that would be unfair of me. It’s kind of an interesting moment and I like moments like that because it allows for discussion."
Ultimately, it seems that fans aching to see Rebels collide with the original trilogy (and Obi-Wan kick Darth Maul's ass one last time) might well now have one more reason to hold out hope. Season 3 can't keep coming fast enough.
While we wait for the next installment, can we perhaps interest you in some potential links between Star Wars Rebels and Episode VIII?
And, while we're here, what do you reckon? Will Luke and Obi-Wan turn up in Star Wars Rebels in the near future? Let us know below!