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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 4 to Be the Final Season + Season 4 Details

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Earlier this month at Star Wars Celebration 2017, Disney premiered a trailer for season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and at the same time, announced that this fourth season would also be its last. You can watch that trailer here.

While many details about this final season are unknown, we do know a few things. Some great, some…not so great. Let’s get the not-so-great news out of the way first. Multiple outlets are reporting that season four will feature a reduced number of episodes, only 15, compared to previous two seasons’ 22 episodes. The silver lining to this news is that this likely means the storytelling will be a lot more focused in these final 15 episodes. Dave Filoni has said that this season will feature a lot more serialized storytelling than has been seen before, so I am very hopeful that the reduction in episodes will mean a reduction in filler as well.

Now on to the great news: Ahsoka will (almost certainly) be back! At the Star Wars Celebration, Dave Filoni was seen wearing a t-shirt reading: ‘Ahsoka Lives?’ but after the trailer premiered, he reappeared with a new t-shirt reading: ‘Ahsoka Lives!’

When asked about the shirts, he pretended to have no idea what they were talking about, but the shirt choice was obviously deliberate. Though this is not an official announcement, it seems pretty clear to me that this was a message intended for those who would notice it.

We also learned that the next season of Rebels would be canonizing a popular fan theory, and retconning Captain Rex into Return of the Jedi! A while back, fans noticed that an unnamed background character in Episode IV looked a lot like the aging clone trooper. Well, some concept art shown at Celebration 2017 revealed that background character will now officially be Captain Rex! Retconning can be hit or miss sometimes, but I think this one is a hit!

We know a couple other small details about the final season season as well, including the return of both Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera. The show will likely be exploring the transition from the Saw we saw in season three to the Saw we saw in Rogue One. We will also be getting an expanded storyline for Sabine that heavily features the planet Mandalore.

Even though Rebels is coming to an end, it’s important to remember that it does not necessarily mean the end of Star Wars on television. Multiple people involved with the franchise have hinted that there is a future for Star Wars on television, beyond the end of Rebels. As of yet, nothing official has been announced. If something is going to be announced before the premiere of season four, it is a good bet that such an announcement will happen at Comic Con, which is in July. They could also wait until Rebels has come to an end, but I’m an optimist, so I’ll be watching the news out of Comic Con with baited breath.

What are your thoughts on this news? Are you sad to see Rebels come to an end? What would you want to see in a potential new Star Wars series?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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  • aquapyro

    Wow another show coming to a close on Disney XD. seems that the network really lets creative freedom flow through (though they still cancelled Wander, Tron, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes)

    Its sad to see Rebels go, but i have full faith in Lucasfilm Animation to see what’s next.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Good thing I’m looking forward to Ducktales and Big Hero 6.

  • Manuel Orozco

    It’s too early for me to say this but it’s been one heck of a rollercoaster ride!

  • *Does impression of Darth Vader* “Noooo!” I knew the show would have to end eventually, especially since the story’s timeline is approaching “Rogue One” and “A New Hope”. But I’ve grown to love the Ghost crew and especially Ezra’s journey so hearing it end with 15 episodes makes me hope David Filoni will bring the story a sense of closure for the characters and for the audiences watching it.

    • Wat

      I’m hoping for a new series either post-ANH or post-Jedi. Sort of like how this show was a pseudo-sequel to Clone Wars?

      • Manuel Orozco

        I would be surprised if we end up getting a post Return of the Jedi series

        • Oh yes please! My fantasy is that in this new “SW” storyline, Ezra and Luke team up to build the next generation of Jedi.

          • Manuel Orozco


  • Edo Edo

    Some things I think would be great ideas for the last season:

    1. More Wedge. The episode where he sat back and watched Chopper and the other droid argue the whole time was pretty funny.

    2. Episode where the rebels get intel of a large weapon being constructed in secret. Viewers will think it’s the death star at first, but ends up being the Executer (super star destroyer) being launched from the shipyards. Bonus points if we get to see how “Captain” Ozzel gets promoted to “Admiral” Ozzel by Darth Vader.

    3. Some kind of tragedy so severe that it causes Ezra take his first steps away from the light / being a Jedi and take steps in his life that put him on a path that eventually causes him to become Supreme Leader Snoke 40 years in the future…

    4. Do not kill off Thrawn. There’s too much potential material with him now that he’s cannon to kill him off too fast. Better for the emperor to divert him back to the unknown regions to fight threats out there, rather then Hera getting a lucky shot in or [legend spoilers] having the body guard kill him.

    5. Would love to see Thrawn replace the inept Lothal imperial officers with his own competent team, including Voss Parck, Gilad Pellaeon, Daric LaRone or Soontir Fel.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m having trouble picturing Ezra becoming Snoke

      • Edo Edo

        Here are a couple things that lead me in that direction.

        First, In RotJ, Yoda specifically states that Luke is the last of the Jedi. This means Asoka (who left the order) and Ezra (who is not yet a Jedi) could still be alive at that time but Kanan’s days are numbered. If Kanan’s death is tragic enough, Ezra could fall just like Anakin did.

        Second, we learned in Rebels that Ezra was born the exact same time as Luke and Leia. That’s a very interesting coincidence and kind of feeds upon the idea of the force surrounding everyone and binding everything together. It’s almost like the darkness that created the empire had to go somewhere when the empire fell, so it converts a being the same age of that empire into its new leader.

        Third, ever since Ezra cut his hair in season 3, I noticed that he and Snoke have exactly the same head. Size and shape. Add 35 years of age and a little dark side whithering to Ezra’s face, and the likeness is striking.

        Fourth, Snoke seems to be a dark side force user, but he never used the term “Sith”. Maul might of turned Erza/Snoke off to the term completely after his impact on Ezra’s life.

        Fifth, Evil doesn’t come out a vacuum in stories like this. There always seems to be an impetus that turns a known good guy bad (even if it is temporary).
        – Dooku was a known Jedi Master that turned into a Sith apprentice.
        – Anakin was a known Jedi knight that became a Sith Lord.
        – The Senate was a body that began governing for the people, but would go on to appoint Palpatine Emperor.
        – The Jedi Masters began as guardians of peace and justice, but even they would go on to plot a power grab in Episode 3.
        (The examples go on and on…)

        So where does Snoke come from? Some random dark side user strong enough to convert Han & Leia’s son just appears out of no where with no back story? Not good enough. In Episode 7, Leia spoke to Han about Snoke converting Ben to the dark side, but the way she referred to him, it was almost like she knew Snoke – like they met before. Well, what if they did…? On Lothal…? 40 years beforehand…?
        It all fits…

        • Manuel Orozco

          I’m not going against your state of debate.