As some of you may have read, it looks like we will not being seeing Lord Vader in season 3 of Star Wars Rebels. This makes perfect sense to me because for as long as I can remember, in any good story the villain is sparingly used, whether it’s Dracula, Jason, Michael Myers, or Darth Vader. When they are used too much it takes the intensity out of seeing them on-screen — the scare factor fades pretty quick. Just like anything, everything is good in moderation, especially our movie villains.
Vader served his purpose in season 2 of Rebels by upping the level of fight the crew of the Ghost had to face. With Ezra’s increased Force powers, and Kanan’s leap from the drunken Jedi we see in A New Dawn, to a legit Jedi Knight in Rebels, there was no doubt that they would appear on Vader’s Jedi-killing radar. And then there was the triumphant return of Lady Tano, whom Vader confronted at season’s end. Vader represents the evil that must be faced at the end of the hero’s journey and during Rebels, he served as a precursor of what the rebels, as an alliance will face at the end of the Galactic Civil War. Having Vader appear too often during this time period would only defeat the purpose of later battles. Namely, the battle with Luke that mirrors Vader’s face-off with Ahsoka, but with a more desirable finale.
With the exciting news of Thrawn appearing in season 3, the need for Vader has all but been deemed unnecessary. The Ghost crew is now faced with a different threat, one that may not be a powerful Sith Lord, but is as equally calculating. The question of how many seasons of Rebels there are remaining could be up to whether or not they survive their battle with Thrawn. Thrawn’s love of art could spell certain doom for the crew of the Ghost, and for Phoenix squadron as a whole.
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