We weren’t entirely surprised to hear Star Wars Rebels declaring Season 4 as its last, but our final trip aboard the Ghost may have something more shocking in mind. According to recent rumors, Emperor Palpatine may put in an appearance with a new, albeit familiar voice.
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Even as Star Wars Rebels won’t directly recreate the events of Rogue One from General Syndulla’s perspective, the final season will veer close enough that the two share similar imagery. In fact, the fourth and final Rebels year will even adjust some of its overall designs and color scheme to get closer in line with the Rebel Alliance on Yavin.
Star Wars Rebels fans were elated to find their beloved characters and ships ported to live-action for Rogue One; not only for the animated series’ validation, but also a chance to revisit the film from another perspective. Sadly, even as Rebels will close out the series with Season 4, bosses confirm we won’t be going Rogue again.
For as long as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels have been considered canon, fans have an unease with prequel-era characters that don’t show up in the original films. Rogue One at least gave us a hint at which Rebels characters endure, though the new Forces of Destiny shorts may have revealed one character who lives to fly another day.
We’re still reeling from the announcement that Star Wars Rebels Season 4 will end the series, but equally excited to catch up with the films. Case in point, creator Dave Filoni promises Hera will become the General Syndulla overheard in Rogue One, as well answering a few mysteries of her place in the films and beyond.
When is a video game more than just a video game? When the story it tells is woven into the legends and events of one of the biggest blockbuster movie franchises of all time. This weekend, Electronic Arts debuted the first footage from its upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2, the sequel to the bestselling 2015 Star Wars video game, with the promise that this game would tell canonical stories not previously seen in the Star Wars universe. It’s all part of an ambitious effort by Lucasfilm to weave these Star Wars stories across a variety of media, including the films, television shows, video games, and books.
Just weeks removed from the third season finale, and already Star Wars Rebels is coming around again. Get a first look at the fourth (and final?) season in a new trailer fresh out of Star Wars Celebration, chock full of familiar faces, Rogue One references and beyond!
Star Wars Rebels gave Ahsoka Tano a slightly less ambiguous ending than her final Clone Wars appearance, but nonetheless left fans eager for explanation. Producer Dave Filoni seemed to imply we’d see her again, and now suggests Season 4 will answer that cryptic tease with even more Clone Wars returns.
Star Wars Celebration has only just begun, and won’t bring us details on The Last Jedi or Star Wars Rebels until the weekend, but fans of the animated branch are in for an early treat. See the fully-rendered Ghost adapted for Rogue One, and check out early concept art of The Clone Wars’ Ahsoka Tano and Cad Bane!
Both Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One keep difficult tasks, to dance around events of the original Star Wars without disturbing them. Rebels in particular came dangerously close with Ezra’s discovery of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but as producer Dave Filoni explains, no one will go looking for the Clone Wars general just yet.