At the end of season two, we saw Ezra Bridger open the Sith holocron, a tool that holds knowledge that can only be accessed by dark side practitioners. Six months later, we find that he’s become more daring during rebel missions, but when it comes to using his Force abilities, how far is too far?
In a clip that originally debuted over at IGN, Ezra and the others find themselves in a tight spot and under heavy fire. Desperate to escape with their lives, Ezra takes matters into his own hands.
People immediately jumped to the “Ezra will turn to the dark side” conclusion, while others pointed out that the Imperials would have been shot down one way or another. One fan brilliantly stated, “This seems like a natural dark side evolution of his affinity with animals,” and she compared it to bloodbending, a sub-skill of waterbending from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Ultimately, though, he’s forcing someone (regardless of who they are) to harm others. That’s not what Jedi—or people training to be Jedi—do. The move actually reminded me of Count Dooku in The Clone Wars episode “The Gungan General” when he took advantage of a situation and slipped away undetected. In doing that, he picked up a Weequay pirate using the Force and forced him to shoot another pirate.
Does this mean Ezra is headed down the path of the dark side?
“We work really hard to try to make the character strong and the relationships really powerful,” said series writer Henry Gilroy at Dragon Con’s Star Wars Rebels panel earlier in September. “But we’re really careful to not try to go down roads we’ve seen before, where characters turn dark. That story is really Anakin’s story, so how can we play differences? How can we have the path of this character, even if there can be similarities, not be the same thing we’ve seen? All I can say is tune in because I hope you’re going to be really satisfied with where we’re going with Ezra.”
I’m a firm believer that Ezra won’t go full dark side. Will he be someone that has more dark than the average person, but still have a sense of good in them? Sure, but I’ve always said that we’ve seen the tragic story of someone falling to the dark side before—and that was Anakin. It’s been done. I’m interested to see what else the writers can do to set Ezra apart from characters like Anakin, Kylo Ren, etc. Henry Gilroy acknowledging that they’re working hard to give us something that’s different leads me to believe that Ezra’s calling is elsewhere. I like to think that he’ll be carving out his own path that contains bits of the light side and the dark.
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Star Wars Rebels season three premieres September 24, 2016, at 8:30pm EST on Disney XD.