rebeL Hearts

Star Wars Rebels stars chat sea­son three

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

You can’t keep a good Sith ap­pren­tice down. He’s been chopped in half, de­scended into mad­ness and had his plans for galac­tic dom­i­na­tion smacked down by his for­mer mas­ter Darth Sid­i­ous – but still Darth Maul is back for more. The spiky Dath­omirian re­turned in Star Wars Rebels’ sea­son two fi­nale, and im­me­di­ately made an im­pact, blind­ing “last sur­viv­ing Jedi” Kanan, and mak­ing a good stab at lur­ing his ap­pren­tice, Ezra Bridger, to­wards the Dark Side. Voice ac­tor Sam Witwer says we shouldn’t ex­pect Maul to start chang­ing his stripes in sea­son three.

“It’s both an evo­lu­tion and more of the same,” he tells Red Alert. “The guy is kind of locked in this loop. He’s kind of like Sisy­phus, this cursed char­ac­ter who keeps try­ing to push the boul­der up the moun­tain and then it keeps falling back down. In a weird way this guy is like 50 or 60 years old and he’s come to a point where he’s re­alised that ev­ery­thing he’s been try­ing to do in his life hasn’t worked, so this is his last chance to make some­thing of him­self. He’s see­ing some op­por­tu­ni­ties and try­ing to seize them.”

Sea­son three fea­tures Tom Baker as gi­ant Force-sen­si­tive be­ing the Bendu (the sec­ond Time Lord to cross over into the Star Wars uni­verse after David Ten­nant), and the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated ar­rival of Ex­panded Uni­verse Big Bad Grand Ad­mi­ral Thrawn. It’ll also see Rebel Sabine Wren em­brac­ing her Man­dalo­rian roots – not only will she fi­nally get her hands on a Boba Fett-style jet­pack, she’ll bran­dish a dark­saber, an an­cient weapon that’s been passed down through gen­er­a­tions of her peo­ple.

“I think she thinks of her­self as a Man­dalo­rian but we haven’t got to see her ex­plore that side of her­self aside from be­ing re­ally good at blow­ing things up,” says ac­tress Tiya Sir­car. “She cer­tainly gets to re­visit a lot of things from her past [this year]. It’s a nice re­minder that she’s a Mando, and this is where she comes from. I don’t want to say too much, but there’s a show­down with some Man­dos that we may not have met be­fore, and you sud­denly re­mem­ber this is what she knows, this is where she’s from, and what the ten­sions are be­tween these fac­tions and why. For a long time she hasn’t even had to think about those types of things be­cause she hasn’t in­ter­acted with any Man­dos for some time, so it’s fun to see that side of her.”

Star Wars Rebels airs on Dis­ney XD on Satur­days.

Ezra and Sabine face new chal­lenges – and a Doc­tor!

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