Who is Ezra Bridger in Ahsoka? The Star Wars Rebels character explained

Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Rebels
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Who is Ezra Bridger? If you've seen Ahsoka, you might be wondering. The hunt for Ezra was a major focus of the show and the Jedi finally made his live-action debut in Ahsoka episode 6. Before that, Ezra was a major player in Star Wars Rebels – which means his backstory can be found in the animated show. 

If you're not in the mood for a binge-watch – and you can't squeeze in the 11 essential episodes on our what to watch before Ahsoka guide – then look no further than right here for everything you need to know about Ezra Bridger. We've got the lowdown on his history and what happened to him in Rebels, along with his relationships with Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, and Hera Syndulla

But, a warning that the following will contain spoilers for Ahsoka, so turn back now if you haven't finished the show yet. 

Who is Ezra Bridger?

Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Rebels

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Ezra is a young Jedi introduced in Star Wars Rebels. When we first meet him, he's an (apparently) orphaned teenager stealing to survive. After he crashes an operation being conducted by the crew of the Ghost (that's Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Zeb Orrelios, and the droid Chopper) he joins the team himself. It's not long before Ezra discovers he's Force sensitive and begins training with Kanan, a former Jedi who survived Order 66. 

As Rebels goes on, Ezra becomes very proficient in the Force. He often has visions and has a close bond with Loth-wolves – giant wolves native to Ezra's home planet of Lothal, who have their own mysterious connection to the Force. Ezra visits Lothal's Jedi Temple twice, and on one of those trips, he enters the mystical World Between Worlds

What happens to Ezra Bridger's parents?

Ezra Bridger and his parents in Star Wars Rebels

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Ezra believes himself to be an orphan, but, as it turns out, his parents were merely imprisoned. They were captured by the Empire after broadcasting revolutionary messages across Lothal. When Ezra broadcasts his own message, though, they're so inspired that they start a revolt in the prison they're being held in. Sadly, this ends in tragedy when they're killed in the escape attempt. Ezra is told this by Ryder Azadi, the former Governor of Lothal who was imprisoned with Ezra's parents, but managed to escape. 

In Rebels season 4, the Emperor tempts Ezra with a vision of his parents, telling the young Jedi that he could live a happy life with them. Ezra resists temptation, though, and goes on to continue his fight against Grand Admiral Thrawn

What happens between Ezra Bridger and Darth Maul?

Ezra Bridger and Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels

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It might come as some surprise to learn that Ezra has a strange history with none other than Darth Maul. Ezra first encounters Maul while exploring a Sith Temple on Malachor. Maul is a shadow of his former self, but gradually returns to himself. He has plans to make Ezra his apprentice and is able to trick the young Jedi into helping him obtain a Sith holocron. 

Naturally, Maul betrays Ezra, Kanan, and Ahsoka Tano, who had joined them in the temple, and a fight ensues. It's in this battle that Kanan is permanently blinded. Maul is forced to leave without the holocron, and Ezra begins to use it himself, which slowly starts to corrupt him and draws him towards the dark side. Luckily, with Kanan's help, Ezra is able to break its influence over him. 

Maul isn't finished, though, and crops up multiple times across Rebels. He ends up forcing Ezra to open Kanan's Jedi holocron and the Sith holocron at the same time, which bonds Ezra and Maul. They go to Maul's home planet of Dathomir for a ritual that would reveal the missing information they each seek from the holocrons, and in this way, Maul discovers that Obi-Wan Kenobi is on Tatooine

Ezra tries to go to Obi-Wan's aid on the desert planet, but Obi-Wan doesn't need any help, and kills Maul in a duel shortly afterwards. 

What happens to Kanan Jarrus?

Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels

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Kanan is an Order 66 survivor and was previously the Padawan of Depa Billaba. He trains Ezra throughout Rebels, but, tragically, does not survive the series. 

In Rebels season 4, Kanan sacrifices himself to ensure the Ghost crew can escape the Empire, holding back a wall of flames so his friends can fly away. The flames eventually engulf him. 

Kanan was in a relationship with Hera before his death, and it's revealed in the Rebels epilogue that the duo have a child together: Jacen Syndulla. 

Where is Ezra Bridger now? Did he disappear with Thrawn?

Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels

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In the Rebels season 4 finale, Ezra meets with Thrawn aboard the Chimaera ship for a final showdown. But, he hasn't come without a plan. He manages to summon purrgil, hyperspace travelling space whales, to the site of the battle over Lothal. They grab hold of the ship and vanish into hyperspace, taking both Ezra and Thrawn to locations unknown. They still haven't been found. 

But, Ezra leaves behind an instruction for Sabine, telling her: "I'm counting on you." Sabine eventually realizes this means Ezra wants her to find him, and we see her and Ahsoka preparing to set off in search of the Jedi at the end of the series. 

Is Ezra Bridger in Ahsoka?

Ezra Bridger in Ahsoka

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Ezra is played by Eman Esfandi in live-action, and he finally showed up in Ahsoka episode 6. It turns out that, while he's been in exile with Thrawn, the Jedi has been hiding out with some adorable little creatures. Sabine finds him with the crab-like beings, and Ahsoka and Huyang weren't far behind in the mouth of a purrgil

Ezra joins the fight against Thrawn and, in Ahsoka episode 8, manages to get aboard the Imperial's Star Destroyer and get a ride home. He reunites with Hera and Chopper soon after. The bad news, though, is that Ahsoka and Sabine are still stranded on Peridea. 

We originally saw live-action Ezra in hologram form, when Sabine watched a recorded message back on Lothal. 

All episodes of Ahsoka are streaming on Disney Plus now. 

For even more on the show, check out our guides on how to watch The Clone Wars in order, the history between Anakin and Ahsoka, and the Ahsoka timeline, or see what else the galaxy has in store with our guide to all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English. 

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