What Ahsoka Viewers Need to Know About Ezra Bridger From Star Wars Rebels

FOR A SHOW called Ahsoka, there’s an awful lot of conversation about Ezra Bridger. Across the first two episodes of the latest Star Wars/Disney+ series, 

writer/director Dave Filoni spends a significant amount of time talking about the character, who only appears on screen via a holoprojector. 

For fans of Star Wars Rebels, Ezra’s name is a clarion call, a reminder of a long-simmering plot left unsolved since the conclusion of that animated series back in 2018. 

For everyone else turning into Ahsoka because they liked when she showed up in The Mandalorian a season ago, well, it’s a lot more confusing.

Ezra’s inclusion in the show highlights one of its central mysteries—especially if you didn’t watch all four seasons of the Disney XD show. 

As Rebels' protagonist, Ezra was a new way to explore the early days of the Rebellion’s attempts to take down the Empire—long before Luke Skywalker made his way off of that desert rock of a planet.

While Rebels is a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon, you might not have time to watch 75 episodes of a cartoon on top of all the other peak TV. 

So if you’re dying to get into Ahsoka and want a little more context into the who, what, when, where, and why of Ezra Bridger, we’ve got you covered.

Oh, and spoiler alert for Star Wars Rebels.

Who Is Ezra Bridger? Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: a plucky young boy living on a backwater planet without his parents aspires to more. 

Sure, that’s Luke Skywalker’s origin story, but it’s also Ezra’s. Instead of the sandy dunes of Tatooine, Ezra lives in the lush plains of Lothal, amongst the indigenous Loth-cats and Loth-wolves, 

where he cultivates a particularly, well, rebellious, skillset. A skilled thief, the orphan initially notices a new ship on Lothal that could fetch him a pretty price, 

which is where he comes across the crew of the Ghost, including Captain Hera Syndulla, ornery droid Chopper (who is a straight-up war criminal), Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren, 

Lasat warrior Zeb, and uncovered Jedi Kanan Jarrus. Kanan notices Ezra’s aptitude and his Force sensitivities and brings him aboard the Ghost as a new crew member in their fight against the Empire. 

In the time-honored tradition of Star Wars, Kanan (reluctantly) becomes Ezra’s Jedi Master (although Kanan never finished his training, 

as his master was killed during Order 66), and the two form a deep bond before Kanan sacrifices himself to save Hera, whom he loved, and the rest of the Rebels. 

Ezra also came to deeply admire Sabine, as evidenced by the fact he calls her a sister in his holo message in Ahsoka. 

Ezra would also foster a relationship with Ahsoka, who was working during this time as a Rebel agent by the codename of Fulcrum.

In Rebels, Ezra is voiced by Taylor Gray, but King Richard’s Eman Esfandi portrays the character in Ahsoka.


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