The end of
With the midseason premiere date announcement comes a new trailer that will make the month-long wait until new episodes fly by with theorizing and speculating. It’s ominous. Watch:
A giant freaking loth-wolf. The return of Gregor and Wolffe. That Mortis relief. The convor (Ahsoka?). Emperor Palpatine, voiced by Ian McDiarmid no less. Kanan’s new, attractive ‘do. And is that part of the Death Star? There’s
“This story is about Ezra at the end of the day,”
The oppression of Lothal and how the situation has worsened in the time since the premiere of
Filoni continued, “Those items are still Thrawn’s main focus, but he’s been put into the Jedi kind of world. I think he sees the Jedi as a strategic problem where Palpatine sees them more as an outright enemy and a light that needs crushed. Thrawn, that’s kind of Thrawn’s strength in the whole thing, is he is able to, very calmly analyze things and proceed forward. He looks at loss as a learning experience, not necessarily a defeat, and that’s what makes him a particularly difficult villain.”
And speaking of villains, Palpatine’s eyes are on Ezra, or at least on Lothal. He speaks Ezra’s name with such a sinister tone in the trailer. Filoni said it’s a couple of things that make Palpatine interested in Ezra. “One of them is Ezra’s kind of persistent ability to survive. It would arch your eyebrow. I don’t know that it’s so specifically on Ezra to say, ‘I am after that guy.’ I think he’s probably got a target list of Jedi he is looking for and I think that this kid has become a persistent nuisance, you know?” he said. “And Ezra definitely has been causing problems, but there are other reasons why Palpatine’s gaze is directed that way that will be revealed.”
Nope, no reason to be nervous at all, right?
We’re concerned about Kanan, too. The trailer shows Ezra’s teacher chopping off his ponytail. In fiction and in history (with samurais), cutting one’s hair symbolizes life-altering change. Filoni said those types of physical changes are always purposeful. “People might think that Sabine’s different hair colors at times seem somewhat frivolous, but they aren’t to me. I feel like they always represent her state of mind, where she’s at, how she feels expressively outward about things she can’t speak about that are inside her,” he said. “I think the same is true when Ezra cut his hair. It was a big symbol of how he is no longer this little mop-headed little boy. He’s growing up and becoming an adult and accepting more responsibility and he has more of an edge to him.”
Kanan’s look is equally important. “Kanan has gone through a couple different looks. He started out one way; he was armored. It kind of speaks to him protecting himself that he’s got this whole arm enshrouded in metal. Then he almost becomes very bohemian. He grows a beard and his hair is much longer, and in a way, I wanted him to feel like he had quit doing several things. That he was so torn up by what happened at the end of season two,” Filoni said. “This is definitely a transitional moment for him as he goes forward, which I think is fun.”
We’re not ready. How are you feeling about the approaching end of the series? What theories do you have after seeing this final trailer? Let us know in the comments and come chat with me on Twitter.
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