Ezra shows his fellow Rebels the stone he was given, and has reason to believe the Empire is up to something terrible at the Lothal Jedi Temple. Sabine is unable to make out what the symbols on the stone mean, but believes she could make more sense of them if she saw the temple for herself. The Rebels all agree to go ahead with this mission, but start to question on how they intend to get there. The temple is far to the north of their current location, and they have no ships. Ezra knows a way, and they follow him to a place where he calls for the Loth-Wolves. Four of them show up to give the Rebels a ride to the Jedi Temple. The Rebels get on the back of each wolf, and Chopper gets carried in the mouth of one ridden by Zeb. Ready to go, the Rebels ride off on the Loth-Wolves and after few miles they disappear into the tall grassy fields.
After a brief travel through a hyper-tunnel where they see visions and hear voices, the Rebels find themselves a few miles closer to the Jedi Temple. At this point, the Rebels have to walk the rest of the way. As night falls, the Rebels make it to the Jedi Temple, where there is currently an Imperial archaeological dig going on. They notice a lot of relics have been uncovered from the temple, which Sabine believes is worth checking out. Ezra and Sabine head down to the dig site disguised as Scout Troopers. They try to get a look at some of the stone artwork, only to be stopped by Minister Veris Hydan. He is then called back to his mobile office to answer an incoming transmission from Coruscant. Sabine and Ezra follow him, and then get Chopper to patch into the incoming transmission. Listening in, they hear Minister Hydan briefing in on their progress to Emperor Palpatine. Among their findings they have uncovered a series of ancient artwork, one representing what the Emperor identifies as the Mortis Gods. Minister Hydan has reason to believe that they are the key to unlocking the temple. The Emperor is at the same time concerned. He says the death of Kanan Jarrus has altered the fate of Lothal, though how he cannot say. He tells Minister Hydan to proceed with the expedition with great desire to harness the secrets of the temple. Knowing the Emperor himself is involved in this plot, Hera feels the situation is far too dangerous. She says they should fall back, but Ezra says no. It was only a matter of time before they Empire has the secrets of the temple, and they came to stop them. Hera is in a moment of silence as if she was feeling Kanan's presence. Even though she is worried about losing them as well, she tells Ezra and Sabine to proceed with the mission.
As the expedition continues, Ezra and Sabine come across a stone wall of very intricate artistry representing the Mortis Gods: the Daughter, the Father, and the Son. Ezra recognizes the Convor on the Daughter's shoulder. Whenever Ahsoka visited them on Atollon it was always nearby. There are also pictures of Loth-Wolves. Checking a holographic copy of the stone Ezra was given, Sabine notices the hands are similar to the ones in the painting. She believes that it is a star map of some kind. The lines were like pathways and the rings were planets or doorways. Looking back at the stone sample, the hands represent different configurations. Sabine thinks the key to opening the temple starts with the Daughter, but the rest is now up to Ezra. He observes to Daughter figure up close, just as Stormtroopers march up. Ezra hides, but Sabine is caught by the Troopers. They question her and take her for inspection as Ezra continues to observe the Daughter figure. Through the Force, the lines and rings line together. The Mortis God figures change positions which Ezra follows. The Loth-Wolf pictures come to life and Ezra follows them along the walls into the shadows. The Loth-Wolves then produce a ring, forming a gateway leading into the temple.
Meanwhile Sabine is brought before Minister Hydan, and recognizes her as one of the Rebels. He has her restrained and orders the perimeter to be on lock down. Minister Hydan and the Troopers find Ezra and surround him, but he escapes through a portal which takes him inside the Jedi Temple.
- Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger
- Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla, Imperial Scout #1
- Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren
- Steve Blum as Garazeb Orrelios, Stormtrooper #2, Thrawn Trooper #2
- Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano
- Adrienne Wilkinson as Daughter
- Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine
- Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn
- Matthew Wood as Imperial Comm, Stormtrooper #1, Thrawn Trooper #1
- Dave Filoni as Imperial Scout #2, Mining Guild Worker
- Jason Isaacs as The Grand Inquisitor
- Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan Jarrus
- Malcolm McDowell as Veris Hydan
- This episode was originally titled "Call of the Spectre".
- This episode and "A World Between Worlds" were originally conceptualized as one episode titled "Past, Present and Future" before they were split, wherein this episode was retitled "Past, Present".