The final moments of Rebels revealed something of a treat, a green-haired kid flying the Ghost alongside his mother, Hera. The son of Hera and Kanan Jarrus, this odd looking kid potentially throws a spanner in many of the words spoken by characters in the original trilogy (you know, the ones about Luke being the last Jedi, our only hope etc), should he develop any of the powers his father possessed that is.
Plenty for us to chew over, but it seems Dave Filoni isn’t giving him too much thought quite yet. Chatting over at io9, he dips into the character.
“I have not given a lot of thought to where that goes, to be honest. That doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t in the future. I’m already getting asked internally a lot about it from people here [at Lucasfilm]. Creatives here. So that’s good. I like that. [The idea of Jacen Syndulla] developed, really, through the fourth season as an idea I thought would be good and meaningful. I talked to [development executive] Kiri Hart about it and she was pretty much the one person I confided this idea in, until we went to design him obviously.”
And about that distinctly familiar name?
“It seemed, in a very small way, naming him ‘Jacen’ was a way to honor the expanded universe character of Jacen Solo who just really isn’t there anymore as the timelines have changed. I thought that’s a little bit of a wink to people that I know that was an important character. And maybe, in some way, that lives on through this character. I don’t know yet.”