Star Wars Rebels Season 3 trailer shot by shot

Disney revealed at the Star Wars Celebration a new trailer, clips and details for Star Wars Rebels season 3, set to return in the fall of this year. If you have not watched the trailer yet, here’s another chance:

Now, grab your lightsaber and let’s take a look shot by shot at the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 official trailer.

Source: Chris Miller from StarWarsReport.Com


Over the Lucasfilm logo we hear lightsabers ignite, Darth Vader breathing, and Ezra yelling Ahsoka’s name, immediately evoking the end of Season 2 and the mysterious fate of Ahsoka.


“Battles leave scars. Some you can’t see.”

Kanan meditating… while levitating Loth-cats? Note the design on his mask. It is the same design as Captain Rex’s helmet. Dave Filoni said this represents Kanan’s growth in accepting Rex as an ally since Season 2.


“I will never let my friends get hurt again!” – Ezra

Ezra is still in pain from leaving Ahsoka behind and it is having a dangerous effect on him. Note that the red eyes of the center mask begin to glow (that is where he keeps the Sith holocron and perhaps it is reacting to his dark thoughts).


“I’m afraid it’s changing him.” – Kanan

Ezra with the Sith holocron from the end of Season 2. Like Anakin, Ezra is being tempted to the dark side through the desire to save the ones he cares for.


“What if there are secrets we can learn from it that will help us destroy the Sith?” – Ezra


“Ezra, the secrets in that thing almost destroyed you.” – Kanan


“There are Imperial cadets at the Skystrike Academy who wish to defect to the rebels.” – Fulcrum

It looks like a new “Fulcrum” (still using Ahsoka’s symbol) is contacting the rebels. I’m guessing Filoni will do more to hide the voice this time.


The Skystrike Academy.



“This is TIE SS25. You can call me Wedge.”

Wedge Antilles is introduced in the Rebels universe and given a new backstory. In Legends he was never a TIE pilot, but joined the Rebellion when his girlfriend was killed.


The guy on the right could be Tycho Celchu, a character created by author Michael A. Stackpole for his X-Wing series of novels. This theory was suggested by Mark Hurliman in his recent recap article.


“Still can’t believe we’re here to break this guy out of prison.” – Sabine

In a lighter moment, the Ghost crew frees Hondo Ohnaka, presumably to get some vital information from him.


“My friends! My friends!” – Hondo Ohnaka


“I give to you, Reclam Station.” – Hondo


“If we could steal a squadrons worth….” – Hera

Hondo gives them information on where they can find Y-wings.


“…They would be key to building a strike fleet.” – Jun


“Let’s go get em!” –Ezra


“Everybody ready?”  Kanan, Ezra and Rex prepare for battle.


The return of the battle droids. I wonder if this place is a holdover from the Clone Wars.


Cham Syndulla fighting alongside Hera, Zeb, and Sabine.


“One last glorious day in the Grand Army of the Republic.” — Captain Rex


Captain Rex preparing for what he believes could be his last battle?


A mysterious pilot hammering through a TIE fighter in a YT-2400 light freighter. Dave Filoni clarified during Celebration that this isn’t Legend favorite Dash Rendar or his ship, the Outrider,just the same ship type.



Kanan and Ezra working together, jumping from a roof (back on Lothal?), and in disguise, punching out stormtroopers.


A return to Concord Dawn.


“Flying stormtroopers?” – Ezra

Dave Filoni said that the white armor is a reference to the original design of Boba Fett’s armor, initially a design for special forces stormtroopers. The line “flying stormtroopers” is probably a reference to this as well.

Note the triangle symbol on their helmets. There is also a triangle design on Kanan’s chest. I don’t know if this is a known design or what possible connection they have.


“Worse. Mandalorians who serve the Empire.” – Fenn Rau


Sabine and Ezra taking on the Imperial Mandalorians. They seem to be alone on this mission. Is Sabine doing this unsanctioned?



“You haven’t forgotten our ways. That has earned my respect.” – Fenn Rau

Fenn, a former enemy of the Rebels, seems to have changed his attitude on the Empire and Sabine.



Ezra and Zeb fighting Dark trooper inspired droids?


Lothal’s Governor Pryce, seen here for the first time.


“Governor Pryce, these rebels have proven particularly stubborn. How do you intend to solve this problem?” – Tarkin


“I need someone who sees a bigger picture.” – Governor Pryce


“The Empire is getting better at anticipating our moves. I underestimated the commander.”


“This attack was swift… precise.” – Cham




“To defeat an enemy, you must know them. Not simply their battle tactics… but their history, philosophy, art.” – Thrawn

In arguably the biggest announcement to come out of Celebration, Grand Admiral Thrawn is now canon. We see Thrawn studying the Ghost crew. As Thrawn fans know, he infamously learns how to defeat his enemies not only by studying their battle tactics, but by studying the art of their cultures. Note what looks to be the mask of a Jedi Temple Guard on Thrawn’s desk. There is also a nod to the ysalamiri lizards with the two figures behind Thrawn.


In Legends, the ysalamiri were Force negating creatures used by Thrawn against Force users.


Dave Filoni confirmed that this is just a nod to Thrawn’s origins and that the Force negating creatures will not be canon. He and George Lucas had already determined during the making ofThe Clone Wars that they did not really fit Lucas’s universe. Lucas told Filoni that since the Force is within all life, no natural creature would negate it.


“Grand Admiral Thrawn!” – Hera


Though blind, Kanan diverts a missile with the Force.


“Embrace your destiny.” Maul tempting his “pupil.”


Ezra being drawn to the power of the Sith holocron.


Several ghostly entities emerge from an alter before Ezra.




Maul and Ezra combine the Jedi and Sith holocrons. What will this do, and what is the purpose?


52“Jedi and Sith… The light and the dark… I’m the one in the middle. The Bendu.”

The Bendu is a being said to represent the middle way of the Force, between the light and the dark. How Kanan came to him, whether it is a vision or reality, and what the purpose of the visit is remains a mystery (except to those who have seen the season premiere at Celebration).

The word “Bendu” was part of the original name George Lucas gave to the Jedi in his original drafts: the Jedi Bendu.



“Once a secret is known… it cannot be unknown.” – The Bendu


“Your anger gives you strength.” – Unidentified female voice

Ezra drawn deeper towards the dark side.


“I will pull the rebels apart, piece by piece.” – Thrawn


I believe this is Nightsister “magick” that is possessing Kanan. The green mist certainly matches.

Could this be Mother Talzin herself? She was supposedly killed in the Son of Dathomir comics, but she also possessed Count Dooku before that in the same comic. If you look closely, Talzin’s hood and shoulder pads seem to match this entity. And that looks to be an unconscious Sabine in front of Kanan!



Pics from The Clone Wars.


Maul using the Force on Hera.


“I must become more powerful.” – Ezra

Ezra fighting Maul. And more of that Anakin vibe coming through in Ezra’s dialogue.


“They’ll be the architects of their own destruction.” –  Thrawn


Kanan possessed by the green mist from the alter. Did Ezra unleash this by messing with the holocrons, or did Kanan choose this? Is he the one ultimately drawn to the dark side?


Sabine holding the darksaber, an ancient Jedi weapon that was stolen by Manalorians centuries before the Clone Wars. The saber was then handed down to members of House Vizsla. Darth Maul killed Pre Vizsla, then leader of the terrorist group Death Watch. Maul took the saber and became leader of Death Watch for a time. Sabine is a member of House Vizsla, so she may be reclaiming the blade for her family. Is this a dark turn for Sabine?


Hera in the clutches of Thrawn?


“Ezra, turn away before it’s too late!” – Kanan


The combining of the Sith and Jedi holocrons has an explosive effect.


Star Wars Rebels season 3 will air on Disney XD in fall 2016.

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