Where is the crew of the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels in the Original Trilogy era?

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This past December, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced a whole new set of characters to fall in love with, then horrifically ripped them all away!

Many Star Wars fans entered theaters thinking that at least some of the original Rogue members could live on to continue the fight against the Empire; but as the run-time ran down, hero after hero fell. By the time of the final, now-infamous Darth Vader scene, every new character had died – and audience members were left distraught.

The worst part? It could happen again.  Ever wonder why the Ghost isn’t swooping in to assist Han and Leia on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back? Or why Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger never help Luke Skywalker on his path to becoming a Jedi Knight? Well, here are a few ideas on where Star Wars Rebels’ Phoenix Squadron could be during the height of the Galactic Civil War!

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Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger both Die before A New Hope

Simply put, it’s very unlikely that Kanan and Ezra survive past the tenure of Star Wars Rebels. By the third season, both are well-known to the Empire, and particularly Grand Moff Tarkin. Why is this significant? In A New Hope, Tarkin quite explicitly sees Darth Vader as the last of his kind. Now, he’s wrong because Yoda is secretly alive on Dagobah. However, it’s unlikely that Tarkin would forget about the only Jedi active against the Empire since Revenge of the Sith.

This means one of two things. The first is simple: Kanan and Ezra both die before Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru get disintegrated. How this happens is completely up in the air, but if Kanan and Ezra were alive after A New Hope they would have sought out Luke.

There is a slight chance that at least one of them survived until the events of Return of the Jedi, but Yoda clearly tells Luke that he will be the last Jedi when the former grandmaster dies. In season two of Rebels, Yoda directly communicates with Ezra and Kanan so there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t continue to keep track of them. If Yoda believes Luke to be the last Jedi, then Luke is definitely the last Jedi.