The long-awaited season 4 premiere date for Star Wars Rebels has finally been revealed as October 16th. The series – which made its premiere on Disney XD back in 2014 – has wound up becoming one of the more beloved new pieces of Star Wars content to be released during the property’s Disney-owned era. Led by Star Wars fan-favorite, Dave Filoni, the series has helped to fill in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope with new details and colorful characters, all of whom have either crossed paths with characters from the Original Trilogy, or have somehow managed to add depth to the Star Wars universe in their own unique, unexpected ways.
But much to the dismay of many fans around the world, Star Wars Rebels will be finishing its run on the air with its upcoming fourth season, which promises to answer some of the series’ bigger mysteries, including finally telling fans what happened to the crew of the Ghost prior to the events of the Original Trilogy. Aside from the final season’s announcement several months ago, though, in addition to an action-packed season 4 teaser trailer, details from the newest season of Star Wars Rebels have been surprisingly scarce as of late, including when fans will actually get to start watching it.
That is, until yesterday, anyway because during the Star Wars Rebels panel at this year’s FanExo Canada convention (H/T Star Wars Underworld), it was finally announced that the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels will be premiering on Disney XD on Monday, October 16th. The news came directly from Dave Filoni himself while appearing on the panel alongside series stars Vanessa Marshall (Hera) and Taylor Gray (Ezra). In addition, a brand new trailer for Star Wars Rebels season 4 has been released online today.
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Season 4 will be coming off what many agree to be not only one of Rebels‘ most eventful seasons to date but also one of its best. The season managed to pack in the long-awaited, official introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn into the Star Wars cinematic universe, along with a return appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi. And in case that weren’t enough, Obi-Wan’s return in Rebels also gave fans the conclusion to his rivalry with Darth Maul, cementing Maul’s story arc as one of the most compelling of the saga.
Fortunately, there’s still plenty of questions that Rebels will have to answer by the time it reaches its inevitable conclusion, and an equal amount of loose threads from previous storylines to finally wrap up. As such, it is shaping up to be possibly the show’s most somber and mature season to date. Whether or not that means it’s conclusion will also be a satisfying one remains to be seen, but the show’s track record says yes. For now, fans can at least rest easy knowing they don’t have that much longer to wait before getting to see Star Wars Rebels return to the small screen next month.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer 2: All the paths are coming together
As Star Wars Rebels prepares for its fourth and final season in a few months, the second official trailer for the show’s swan song has been unveiled. While many Star Wars fans were sad to see The Clone Wars end unexpectedly – and with several dangling plot threads – shortly after Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney, Rebels has provided a great sense of closure for some of the show’s biggest remaining questions, like what happens to Rex, Ahsoka, and Maul, all while helping fans fall in love with many new characters, particularly the Ghost crew of Hera, Kanan, Zeb, Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper.
In the mad race to the events of Rogue One and the unknown fate of many of the show’s main characters, season 4 is set to give fans a number of long anticipated payoffs, such as finally introducing the Rebel Alliance’s iconic X-Wings after 3 seasons of A-Wings, Y-Wings, and even a B-Wing prototype. The show is said to provide additional tie-ins to Rogue One, presumably wrapping up some threads already introduced in season 3, such as Saw Gerrera. Tarkin’s line referring to Krennic and “Stardust” obviously provide even stronger ties.
While we know Hera, The Ghost, and Chopper live to see Rogue One, the future of just about every other major character – especially the two new Jedi the show introduced, Kanan and Ezra – is up in the air. In fact, most fans would be surprised to learn they live into the events of Rogue One or beyond, considering we haven’t seen their impact on that portion of the timeline in any existing canon.
The action packed trailer puts the conflict with Thrawn front and center, presenting yet another major plot point in need of wrapping up by the end of the season. Thrawn isn’t a known quantity during Rogue One or beyond, and while we might have an idea of where he goes, there’s still some explaining necessary to get him there. However, a strong focus on a brewing Mandalorian civil war means there may be more to the season than a simple Rebels vs Thrawn finale.
Then, of course, there’s Kanan, Ezra, and those wolves they keep teasing, usually with some sort of connection to Ahsoka and the mysterious convorees. It’s not clear exactly what the Jedi and Padawan are up to, but they may be about to discover an aspect of the Force that, like the Bendu in season 3, is completely new to the Star Wars universe. Will this revelation somehow send them into exile or some far corner of the galaxy, or will they see a more fatal end?
Star Wars Rebels will finally feature X-Wings in Season 4
The X-Wings are coming. Star Wars Rebels will launch its fourth and final season this fall, and the most famous starfighters in the galaxy will finally make an appearance on Disney XD’s popular animated series.
For three seasons, Rebels has followed the trials and triumphs of a small, tight knit group of freedom fighters – the crew of the starship Ghost – during the dark times of the Galactic Empire’s reign. Set in the years immediately preceding the original Star Wars movie, it shows the Empire at its full strength as well as a burgeoning Rebel Alliance that seems hopelessly outmatched and outgunned. But the Rebellion is growing, with more oppressed citizens rallying to its cause every day, and with them come money, resources, technology, and weapons. Rebels has showcased a number of iconic Star Wars starships to date, including the Y-wing and the B-wing, but there have been no X-wing sightings – that will change this fall.
Rebels co-executive producer Henry Gilroy made a surprise appearance at Friday’s Star Wars Rebels Fan Panel at DragonCon and, as reported by Star Wars Insider’s Bryan Young, told fans they can expect to see the iconic X-wings in action during the show’s final season. Gilroy additionally addressed why the starfighters hadn’t appeared on Rebels before season 4.
As Rebels nears its end (and the story inches ever closer to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Episode IV: A New Hope, it will be intriguing to see how many ties to those films they can fit in. X-wings are one such reference, and one that is sure to be appreciated by Star Wars fans. The starfighters are instantly recognizable, even to those not intimately familiar with the franchise, and they’ll forever be known as the ship Luke Skywalker was piloting when he destroyed the Death Star.
It remains to be seen exactly how X-wings will be introduced to the Star Warscanon on Rebels. In the episode “Wings of the Master,” B-wings were revealed to be the brainchild of a brilliant Mon Calamari engineer, so perhaps the Rebel Alliance will make a deal with another talented ship designer. Wherever the X-wings come from, it will be exciting to see them fly into battle against the Empire when Rebels launches its final season.
Rogue One’s Director Krennic won’t appear in Star Wars Rebels Season 4
Despite a name drop in the recent trailer, don’t expect to see Director Orson Krennic in the upcoming season of Star Wars Rebels. The Disney XD animated series is gearing up for its jam-packed final season with the Ghost Crew finally stepping on a bigger stage, now closely working with the bigger Rebellion squad that we know from the original trilogy.
Ahead of its October premiere, a brand new trailer for Rebels has been released providing a fresh look at the final year of the gang’s adventures. Along with the heroes on various missions – including a major arc on Mandalore – we also got a set up of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; the Death Star project “Stardust” gets namedropped as the brainchild of Director Krennic. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll get to see Ben Mendelsohn’s character and Rebels‘ main bad, Grand Admiral Thrawn, meet.
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Grand Moff Tarkin discuss about Director Orson Krennic and his project “Stardust” in the new trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 4. Animated Gifs: Tumblr.
Speaking with EW, showrunner Dave Filoni said that while “name dropping” is always a good thing as “it feel like it’s part of this big world”, it wouldn’t go any further. The animation legend explained that he does not want to cram a lot Star Wars antagonists for the sake of putting them on the show:
“I was imagining a shot with Vader and Krennic and the Emperor, but it’s like having a cape convention with those guys. Then you have Tarkin and Thrawn, and it starts too look like a Legion of Bad Guys. When you get too many bizarre Star Wars villains together, I don’t know if it works for me.”
Not featuring Krennic in the last season of Rebels removes any hope of deeper exploration in visual media – he died at the end of Rogue One, so is unlikely to return in any future films. That said, the Imperial general’s story has already been fairly fleshed out thanks to the novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, so there’s not any gaping hole needing filling.
And as Filoni says, the Ghost crew have a lot on their hands. On top of dealing with the Empire’s retaliation, Star Wars Rebels Season 4 is also expected to dive deep on the characters’ individual storyline. The trailer features Sabine wielding the Darksaber in order to unite her Mandalorian people. It also finally addresses the long-rumored romantic relationship between Hera and Kanan. While Ahsoka’s whereabouts still remains a mystery, Filoni’s previous teases make us believe that her ultimate fate will be revealed before the show wraps up.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 premieres on October 16th.