Sabine’s past catches up to her in a surprising way when she comes face to face with an old friend, a mysterious bounty hunter by the name of Ketsu, in the next all-new episode of Star Wars Rebels.
In “Blood Sisters”, Sabine is given the task to escort a courier droid holding secret information that is vital to the rebel cause. Before the mission even starts, things get complicated when Sabine’s old friend and partner, Ketsu, arrives on the scene to collect the bounty on the courier.
Although many, including myself, thought that this bounty hunter was Sabine’s sister, it turns out that Sabine and Ketsu are sisters of a different kind–or at least, they were until the friendship turned sour.
Through Ketsu, we discover that Sabine was also a bounty hunter at one point in her life. She broke out of the Imperial Academy, where she “followed orders blindly” and described it as being a nightmare. She also blamed the Empire for whatever happened to her family, when Ezra had asked earlier in season one, which could explain why she took up bounty hunting as a way to sustain herself. This choice of lifestyle is also how she probably came to recognize certain individuals, like Cad Bane and Embo, who remain as art decorations on her wall in her room. In the Star Wars Rebels chapter books, she’s also very familiar with Boba Fett’s reputation as a bounty hunter. Did she ever cross paths with these characters when she was working with Ketsu?
It’s also interesting to note that Kanan was the one who recruited Sabine, according to the Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook by Dan Wallace. When Ketsu left her for dead, was this the point when Kanan stepped in and showed her another way?
As for Ketsu herself, I’m curious to find out who voices her. Some fans immediately picked up the voice of Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits) upon hearing the character talk, and the actor does have Star Wars Rebels listed on her IMDb page (which is often an unreliable source, since anyone can edit the content). (Update, 11/16/15: Turns out, Gina Torres is playing the voice of Ketsu.) Also, given the fact that she attended the Imperial Academy on Mandalore with Sabine, does she also belong to a Mandalorian clan?
We will have to wait and see how these two old friends will face off (or work together?) when the episode airs on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 9:30PM EST on Disney XD.