The Growth of Kanan Jarrus
By Mike DeRose
Quietly growing in the background of Rebels, behind Ezra, behind Ahsoka and Vader, behind the Rebellion, is Kanan Jarrus. The season two finale not only solidified how far this once in-hiding “nobody” has come, but also how losing his sight will only lead to him becoming a stronger Jedi and teacher.
For those unfamiliar with Kanan’s back story (which is fleshed out in the Kanan comics as well as in the novel A New Dawn) his true name is Caleb Dume and he was the apprentice of Depa Billaba. After surviving Order 66, Caleb took the name of Kanan Jarrus, making his way around the galaxy doing small jobs but never staying in one place too long (and avoiding attachments). It was not until he met Hera Syndulla that he found a small bit of purpose.