Last we saw Hera Syndulla, she'd been captured by Governor Pryce and was en route to face Grand Admiral Thrawn, her fate unknown at the end of the Star Wars Rebels midseason finale.
In this new clip from the upcoming episode "Jedi Knight," Kanan taps Ezra to lead the mission to rescue her, knowing his feelings for her may well affect his judgment on how best to make that happen.
He's not wrong. When Kanan and the Ghost crew saw Hera's attack squad falling from the sky, the right move was to keep going with the mission, but Kanan broke from the plan and went after Hera with the determination of a man in love, not the calm of a Jedi. It took one of the Loth Wolves stepping in his path quite literally to remind him that, while Hera was important to everyone, the mission had to come first.
The scene shows not just Kanan's understanding of how he might be compromised, but his trust in Ezra and his belief that his padawan is ready to lead the mission.
In addition to the clip, ABC News also spoke to Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni about what this scene means and why it's coming at an important time.
“What a nod from Kanan to say, ‘I trust you with this’,” said Filoni. “This is really important to him, this idea that Hera is in peril. You would think that there’s no way that Kanan wouldn’t take up the responsibility of leading this mission.”
There's also the idea that Ezra is growing into the role of Jedi and away from being a padawan as Kanan's abilities in the Force reach a new mastery, a mastery we've gotten a look at in the Season 4 mid-season premiere trailer. With both Jedi stepping more firmly into their roles at a time when we know Jedi are also being hunted by Darth Vader, more than a few fans are worried about the fate of both men as Season 4 comes to an end in the next month. Rebels returns Monday, Feb. 19, and will air two episodes back to back before a 90-minute finale on March 5.
In other words, there's a lot of Rebels on the way in a short amount of time, and you won't want to miss a minute of it.