One of the appeals of “Star Wars Rebels,” compared to “The Clone Wars,” was how relatively self-contained the former was, with the story staying mostly in and around Lothal and a small cast of characters. And yet, “Rebels” did intersect with a lot of different characters from across the “Star Wars” universe, with everyone from Saw Guerrera and future Rebel leader Mon Mothma, to trilogy main characters like Leia and Lando. Like Ahsoka in “The Clone Wars,” Ezra was a rather well-connected kid who interacted with every major player of the Galactic Civil War and indirectly helped kickstart the conflict. Still, in the 10 years he was absent from the galaxy, a lot of things happened.
Let’s start with Leia. Ezra briefly met Princess Leia Organa from Alderaan in an episode of season 2, where the two bonded as two young people involved in the Rebellion. Once Ezra gets back to the main galaxy, he might be surprised to know that not only did that young girl become a leader of the Rebel Alliance, and later a Senator of the New Republic, but also that her entire planet of Alderaan was literally blown to pieces by the Death Star. Oh, and we’re gonna have to tell him what the Death Star was too, but we’ll get to that in a second.
How about Leia’s brother? Ezra did not know Luke Skywalker, but he did meet Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Ezra knew was guarding the secret to destroying the Sith. The knowledge that Obi-Wan died may sadden Ezra a bit, even if he didn’t know him. But the bigger news is that Luke is Leia’s twin brother, and that he is the son of Darth Vader — the head of the Inquisitors that constantly chased Ezra. Even more important is that Luke managed to defeat him, which would definitely surprise Ezra, especially the part about Vader shoving the Emperor down a reactor shaft and killing him. Well, almost.