Cara Dune’s hatred for the Empire goes deeper than than the fact she was a Rebel shock trooper.
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Chapter 8 “Redemption”
It’s no secret that Cara Dune hates the Empire. Anyone who fought with the Rebellion would naturally feel that way.
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In Chapter 4 she told the Mandalorian that most of her action came after the Battle of Endor when she mopped up ex-Imperial warlords. It was only once the Imperials were defeated and the politics started that Cara Dune took her talents elsewhere. When the Mandalorian returned to Sorgan to recruit her in Chapter 7, she agreed the moment she learned that he was going up against ex-Imperials.
The Season 1 finale “Redemption” offered further insight into Cara’s past and her hatred for the Empire. When Cara, the Mandalorian, and Greef Karga are trapped, at one point Moff Gideon starts shouting information he knows about them. This includes referring to Cara Dune as “Carasynthia Dune of Alderaan.”
Knowing that Cara Dune is from Alderaan puts her service to the Rebellion and her hatred for the Empire in a new light. Her home planet–and likely almost everyone she knew and loved–was obliterated by the Death Star. Between this and what she shared about seeing most of her action after the Battle of Endor, the destruction of Alderaan is probably what motivated her to join the Rebellion in the first place.
She fought to bring justice and avenge her people and her homeworld, continuing to fight until she thought the mission was complete. Hearing of the ex-Imperials on Nevarro confirmed her mission was far from over, though, and she needed to continue the fight against the remnants of the Empire that stole everything from her.
Hopefully Season 2 will explore Cara’s Alderaanian connection further. It’s impossible to say at this point whether she knew Leia or Bail Organa. Regardless, it would be fascinating to explore why she was offworld when the Death Star destroyed Alderaan and to examine the guilt she probably feels for escaping while the rest of her people were annihilated.
Cara may have lost everyone dear to her, but now she’s found a new family in the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda. Knowing this makes her connections to them more meaningful. We can’t wait to see her share more scenes with both these characters in season 2.
What are your thoughts about Cara Dune being from Alderaan? Let us know in the comments! The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+.