Stencil Magazine recently interviewed Taylor Gray, the voice of Ezra Bridger, about his acting career and his role in Star Wars Rebels.
Some specifics include how he went about getting the part of Ezra, his most memorable moment from working on the show, and what fans can expect to see in the remaining episodes of season four.
Gray was also asked about Ezra’s parents and how that affected his character, “The death of Ezra’s parents was a huge plot point and character shaping moment in the show. Ezra realized the world is not all good, and he took more responsibility upon himself after this moment. It was also a time for him to understand the support system he had around him (the crew of the Ghost).”
As for what’s to come, Gray said, “Ezra is a formidable Jedi now, and he takes it upon himself to help his home planet of Lothal. So we see Ezra personally burden himself and hopefully live up to his aspirations.”
It’s interesting how Ezra’s aspirations go from trying to rid the galaxy of the Empire to seeking the answer that could help him destroy the Sith to just wanting to save Lothal. Each season, his focus has narrowed down to this specific area, and like Taylor said, he’s given himself this burden to carry out. Will he succeed?
— Spoilers for Battlefront II —
Fans who’ve played Battefront II, however, found that Ezra’s goal may not have come to pass. In a conversation about what they would after the war against the Empire, ex-Inferno Squad member Del Meeko said, “Thought I might travel. See the galaxy. Lothal, Mykapo…” He went on to state that he was on those planets as a soldier for the Empire, but he added, “I want to see them when they’re free,” implying that Lothal isn’t free of the Empire even after the destruction of the Second Death Star.
Many have taken this to mean that the Ghost crew fail at their mission. That could be the case, or they could have just completed the immediate goal which was to destroy the TIE Defender factory. So even though they didn’t save Lothal entirely, they did stop the production of a ship that threatened the Rebel Alliance. Ezra could then assume a role that combines certain qualities of Cham Syndulla and Obi-Wan Kenobi, where he becomes the local rebel against the Empire and also mostly waits in the shadows for the right time to strike.
— End of Spoilers for Battlefront II —
We ultimately don’t know where his path will take him, so we eagerly look forward to the second half of the season in early 2018.
To read the rest of the interview, find it on pages 164-165 in issue #46 of Stencil Magazine.
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