Over the course of Star Wars Rebels season two, the rebels from Lothal have expanded their sphere of influence in their fight against the Empire. They’ve joined Phoenix Squadron, acquired new starships, and attracted new allies, from a retired clone trooper to an Alderaanian princess, and of course a former Jedi named Ahsoka Tano. According to a description for the upcoming season finale (which is ominously titled “Twilight of the Apprentice“), the rebels are poised to gain yet another ally as they head for their inevitable confrontation with Darth Vader and his Inquisitors.
Who could this new ally be? Let’s look at the likely prospects.
The episode “Blood Sisters” reunited Sabine Wren with her old friend, Ketsu Onyo. They had once been bounty hunting partners before they had a falling out, with Ketsu going to work for the notorious Black Sun crime syndicate and Sabine joining the Lothal rebels. Nevertheless, they worked together to protect a courier droid from the Empire, and while doing so, they reached a point of reconciliation. Ketsu, who obviously had no love for the Empire, even promised to consider joining the rebellion.
Ketsu—or at least her distinctive starship, the Shadow Caster—will be showing up again before the end of season two. The Shadow Caster briefly appears in the epic mid-season trailer (skip to 1:08 to catch a glimpse of it). Whose side will she be on this time? Beyond being a mere mercenary, Ketsu has the same inside knowledge of Imperial tactics as Sabine from their days at the Imperial Academy, so it would be interesting to see what Ketsu can offer the rebellion.
Fenn Rau and the Mandalorians
No word yet on whether we’ll be seeing more of the Mandalorians this season, but anything’s possible, right? Back in the episode “The Protector of Concord Dawn,” Sabine and Kanan Jarrus defeated Fenn Rau, the leader of the Mandalorian Protectors, and took him prisoner. Rau had no desire to let the Empire meddle in the Protectors’ territory, so he chose to conceal his capture from the Empire. He also granted the rebellion safe passage through the Concord Dawn system. Still, Rau told Kanan, “Right now we are only friends because we have to be.”
Will the Mandalorians join the rebellion? Their homeworld, Mandalore, has been under Imperial occupation since the Clone Wars, so they definitely have a reason to hate the Empire. If they can overcome their petty squabbles and inter-clan factionalism, then they might become a powerful ally to the rebellion—and a significant threat to the Empire.
Lothal has certainly lost most of its Imperial leadership. First Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko and Taskmaster Myles Grint, and then Minister Maketh Tua. Now, it seems that Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau might be the next to leave the Empire, though due to defection, not death. The episode “The Honorable Ones” forced Kallus and Zeb Orrelios to work together after their escape pod crashed on Bahryn, a moon of Geonosis. Kallus revealed that he had some lingering questions about the Empire’s methods and intentions, and Zeb told him to actually ask those questions instead of letting them fester.
I’m definitely curious about how Kallus could aid the rebellion. His defection would be a significant blow to the Empire, perhaps even more so than Tseebo and the late Minister Tua. And speaking of Minister Tua, maybe Kallus also knows something about the “true reason” that the Empire came to Lothal? Tua alluded to it when she contacted the rebels back during the Siege of Lothal, but she was tragically executed—by Kallus and Darth Vader, no less—before she could reveal it.
It’s also worth noting that in the past, Kallus has personally worked with both Vader and the Inquisitors. While it’s unlikely that Kallus knows Vader’s true identity, perhaps he knows some other key secret to stopping Vader.
When it comes to allegiances, all we know about this slippery ex–Sith Lord is that he’s a wildcard. He survived his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi and returned to menace him during the Clone Wars. Yet, Maul has also lost everything: his brother, Savage Opress; his mother, Talzin; his criminal empire, the Shadow Collective, which imploded during the Clone Wars; and even his planet, Mandalore, which he controlled by proxy (via Prime Minister Almec) before the Empire took over and occupied it.
In last week’s episode, “Shroud of Darkness,” Master Yoda told Ezra Bridger to find Malachor. In ancient times, this wasteland world was the site of the Great Scourge of Malachor, during which the design of the crossguard lightsaber—famously wielded by Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens—originated. Yet, it seems that Maul will also be present on Malachor, so the question remains: Whose side is he on?
Ezra. Kanan. Ahsoka. Malachor. The Inquisitors. Maul. Vader. All will appear in the season finale, but how do they fit together? We know that the Ahsoka vs. Vader duel is finally happening, but what about Ezra? Will Maul tempt Ezra to embrace the dark side? Will this be the prophesied moment that Kanan loses his Padawan? And will a Maul vs. Vader smackdown actually happen? (OK, that last one is rather far-fetched, and I personally don’t even want it to happen. But, hey… you never know.)
Would you like to be part of the Fandom team? Join our Fan Contributor Program and share your voice on Fandom.com!