An ace pilot, a master with a blaster, and a genuinely decent fella on top of it all? With that killer combination, it makes a certain amount of sense that Carson Teva traces his roots all the way back to a famous member of franchise royalty: Leia Organa. When first introduced in “The Mandalorian,” Teva was little more than a space cop for the New Republic who chases down Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin after the latter fails to show his license and registration. (This may be a slight oversimplification on my part.) But after he lets the bounty hunter go out of a sense of mutual respect and admiration, we eventually learn that Teva served as part of the Rebel Alliance right around the time that Leia’s home planet of Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star during the events of 1977’s “Star Wars.” Although little else is known about his actions during that time (i.e. whether he personally knew Leia or not), we choose to believe he learned from the best!
His loyalty to the good guys continued even after the end of the Galactic Civil War and the disbandment of the Rebel Alliance. As the New Republic came to power, Teva became a captain in the Starfighter Corps where he roved the galaxy for signs that the former Empire might attempt to rise from the ashes once again. After his run-in with Din Djarin, Teva’s suspicions of Imperial remnant activity only grew over time. In season 3 of “The Mandalorian,” we catch a glimpse of what the Rangers of the New Republic spin-off could’ve been when he responds to Greef Karga’s (Carl Weathers) distress call about pirates. Disillusioned by the New Republic, this sets him up for when we encounter him in “Ahsoka.”