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Updated: Special Star Wars Rebels: Everything we know about Season 4


“It was a simple story about a boy who was lost and a girl who was broken. They fought alongside a survivor, a war veteran and a fallen knight. I led them into battle against an evil so terrible it tried to black out the stars. We fought for each other, we fought for those who could not. But we never imagined it would end like this.” – Hera Syndulla

An official trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 4 was released at the Star Wars Celebration and it handed the limelight over to the more animated side of a galaxy far, far away with the panel for Star Wars Rebels. Watch it now:

Hera’s voiceover in the trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 4 takes on even more poignancy following the announcement that the upcoming fourth season will be the last for the beloved animated series.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer – The end begins

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Season 3 of the animated series only wrapped up a few weeks ago, but Lucasfilm Animation is already hard at work on the show’s fourth and – as we sadly also learned during today’s panel – final season. Not wanting to end their celebratory panel on such a sad note, Dave Filoni also shared the first trailer for Rebels Season 4.

The announcement that Season 4 of Rebels will be its last isn’t entirely surprising. From the outset, the show has been working on a restricted timeline and, as the the events of Rogue One (which actually featured some Rebels easter eggs) and A New Hope get ever closer, the adventures of the Ghost crew need to wrap up. This new look is keenly aware of that, making each characters’ respective endpoints the focus.

In the trailer, Sabine is shown rallying more Mandalorian troops with Ezra at her side; he even has his own Mandalorian armor. She seems to have also chosen who it is that should wield the Darksaber – Bo Katan, the late Duchess Satine’s sister and former Death Watch lieutenant.

We also see a dear moment between Hera and Kanan, followed with scenes of Hera continuing to rise in the ranks of the Rebellion and Kanan committing himself and Ezra to make a last stand to protect Lothal. Saw Gerrera makes another appearance, as does Mon Mothma, who narrates a section of the trailer. There’s also a brief glimpse of Thrawn’s personal bodyguard Rukh, the old canon character voiced by Warwick Davis. There’s even a quick glimpse at Kallus, now looking very much like a Rebel.

Ahsoka lives in Star Wars Rebels Season 4

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Fans of Ahsoka Tano have been left wondering what her fate is after her clash with her former master, Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader, and it has now been confirmed she is alive and well in Star Wars Rebels Season 4. Ahsoka has been a fan-favorite character since the early days of her introduction in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and has had a remarkable journey from young padawan to a leader within the Rebels.

She is no Jedi anymore but remains a very powerful and capable Force wielder. However, the Season 2 finale for Rebels left her fate as a big question within the Star Wars community after a duel with Darth Vader. Season 3 did nothing to address what happened to her or where she has been, but – following on from recent rumors – her creator Dave Filoni has just subtly confirmed she is back.

After showing the first trailer for season four of Rebels at Star Wars Celebration, Filoni walked back on stage with a small, but significant change to his attire. While he had previously been wearing a T-shirt reading “Ahsoka lives?”, once the lights came back up, it had changed to “Ahsoka lives!” The quick change from a question mark to an exclamation point has finally confirmed that she will be back in some capacity in the fourth and final season of Rebels.

Now that Ahsoka’s return has been confirmed, it will be a major topic of speculation to determine how this will happen. The last time audiences saw her was in the aftermath of her fight with Vader, where she was seen walking away from the destruction of the Sith temple on Malachor. However, it was unclear at that time whether Vader stayed true to his word and killed her or if she managed to find a way to live. That will more than likely be the case if she truly is alive as Filoni’s shirt suggests, but a Force ghost appearance may not be entirely out of the question either.

There’s also the question of how big of a role she will have. The Ghost crew and the Rebels are growing as the show heads into Season 4, so they may not necessarily need Ahsoka in a position of power. Plus, they still have to address where she has been for all this time. If she was in hiding, it must take some major event to draw her back to her friends. That said, as these events get closer to the original trilogy where the Force was almost the stuff of legends, the galaxy and the Rebellion already may have too many Force wielders – specifically Jedi – at the moment. With months of speculation ahead, fans of Ahsoka can now at least rejoice in her return.

What we know about Star Wars Rebels Season 4

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Star Wars Celebration in Orlando has been a massive source of news for Star Wars fans, from major reveals, from the first look at The Last Jedi to more fun news. Obviously, this means Star Wars Rebels also got some attention, including some big news about the show’s fourth season. While it’s hard to match the hype coming off of last year’s panel and the announcement that Thrawn would be coming to the show, there were still a few huge announcements and teases about what we can expect. Here’s everything we learned about Rebels season 4.

HERA SYNDULLA

Going back to her introduction in the novel A New Dawn, Hera was a bit of a loner, conducting her own personal war against the Empire. It isn’t until she comes across Kanan that the crew of her ship, The Ghost, really starts to grow into the family we know and love from the first few seasons of Rebels. Over that time, the Ghost Crew joins up with a Rebel cell, Phoenix Squadron, where Hera becomes a captain and is eventually promoted to Phoenix Leader.

During the Rebels panel at Star Wars Celebration, Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera, teased a little of what can be expected from her in season 4, where Hera has been “really impacted by the losses the group experienced in season 3,” making her “more focused and committed than ever to get the job done.” As we know from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Hera eventually becomes a General in the Rebellion, so it’s likely that her leadership and drive to “really get it done” will be more evident than ever.

GARAZEB ORRELIOS

Zeb didn’t get as much attention as many other characters at the start of the show,  playing the role of a sort of cantankerous uncle, but that saw a major change in season 2 with the episode ‘Legends of the Lasat’, where he helps his exiled people find a new home, and ‘The Honorable Ones’, where he finds common ground with the man he thought was his biggest enemy, the Imperial Security Bureau’s Agent Kallus. This shift not only introduced the seeds of a Zeb and Kallus season 4 “bromance” teased during the Rebels panel, but also started a shift in Zeb’s character. While he was still cranky, he became far less aloof and was shown bonding more with crew mates, including Ezra, who he’d previously treated more like an annoying child.

That shift is set to proceed into season 4, where Zeb’s voice actor, Steve Blum says Zeb is becoming “an uncle more than a brother. He’s becoming more of a responsible citizen instead of a tough musclehead.” After seeing him work with Chopper and AP-5 to defend Chopper Base from an Infiltrator Droid in season 3, it’ll definitely be exciting to see him progress more down that path in season 4.

SABINE WREN

Sabine may have seen some of the biggest steps forward as a character in Rebels season 3. Between inheriting the darksaber and coming to face her family and own up to her Mandalorian heritage, a lot has changed from her early days of graffiti and explosions (not that she’s left all that behind).

Going into season 4,  Sabine’s story will open a door into a side of Star Wars we’ve only briefly glimpsed in The Clone Wars: Mandalorians. After the death of Gar Saxon, the Mandalorians are on the verge of civil war, and Sabine is in the middle of it with the darksaber, a symbol of Mandalorian authority.

Sabine voice actor, Tiya Sircar, teased more of Sabine’s arc in season 4, saying that it took until part way through season 3 for Sabine to finally address her trust issues and find her place with her “family” on The Ghost, but now she has to go do the same with her real family, where the stakes are much higher. She also teased “Some familiar faces, some new faces, all Mandalorian”, which sounds like something all fans can look forward to.

CHOPPER (C1-10P)

Chopper is different from the rest of the characters in Rebels in the fact that he doesn’t have an apparent character arc. He seems to be just a grumpy droid that wants to pick fights and cause trouble, but Dave Filoni calls that into question. The Rebels executive producer talked about Chopper’s emotion, saying “he has a bigger heart than you realize because when the chips are really down he likes these guys”, saying that’s something we’ll see more of in season 4 as well.

KANAN JARRUS

Kanan has been a huge mystery since his introduction. Does he die before A New Hope? Why haven’t we heard of him before? We’ve seen him slowly transition from someone that wanted to hide his Jedi past to a thoughtful master, more in tune with the Force than many Jedi we’ve seen before. As Kanan’s voice actor, Freddie Prinze Jr., says “He’s still blind, but he sees more than he has ever seen before.”

Freddie says that ‘Trials of the Darksaber’ is the episode that can be pinpointed as a pivotal moment in Kanan’s arc “because that sort of defined for me a lot of who Kanan was and who he needs to be.” What Kanan has learned from the beginning is the virtue of patience. The Bendu also taught him how he can see, literally and figuratively, the road in front of him if he’s just patient and quiets his mind.

In season 4, Prinze Jr. says “he knows what path these Rebels need to be on” and “the stuff Kanan goes through is very adult” because he has to learn that “the good guys don’t always win.” That’s a lesson Star Wars fans may have already learned from other stories, but in the context of this particular crew of Rebels, it has an obviously ominous tone, and will likely be the cause of a lot of speculation until we know the ultimate fate of these characters.

EZRA BRIDGER

Over the last 3 seasons of Rebels, we’ve seen Ezra Bridger evolve into a young Jedi who’s power could even rival his master’s at this point. Freddie Prinze Jr. talked about Ezra for a moment,  describing the Padawan’s journey to adulthood: “he sort of steps out of that Jedi Padawan relationship and says ‘I’m not talking about the Force, I’m talking about family, I have so much more to learn from you’ so in that regard he’s still a young man, he’ll still deal with issues of anger the way young men deal with them, but he has a good teacher”

Adding to Freddie’s comments, Taylor Gray, the voice of Ezra, said Ezra’s arc puts him on a quest to discover “what kind of Jedi, and transcending that, what kind of person he wants to be”. After seeing him struggle with the dark side in seasons 2 and 3, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how he progresses now that he’s met both Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi and moved beyond Maul.

MON MOTHMA

One of the biggest moments of last season was when Mon Mothma finally showed up, signaling the beginning of the formation of the larger Rebel Alliance. Unfortunately, this change wasn’t everything the Ghost Crew may have expected when Mon denied Phoenix Squadron any support during Thrawn’s attack of Chopper Base on Atollon. While it may have been the most strategically sound decision – preventing Thrawn from tracking them to other Rebel bases – it was definitely a tough call.

Mon Mothma, who will be voiced once again by Genevieve O’Reilly (who also played the character in Rogue One and in a deleted scene for Revenge of the Sith) is going to continue that trend to show just what she’s capable of as the head of the Rebel Alliance. As Dave Filoni says: “you might see Mon Mothma get a little firy for once. She’s a leader for a reason.”

SAW GERRERA

It was a huge treat for Star Wars fans to not only see Saw Gerrera make the jump from The Clone Wars to Rogue One but then also to Star Wars Rebels,  where he was also voiced by Forrest Whitaker. Last season we saw the more extremist side of Saw, who wasn’t concerned with any collateral damage or innocent death so long as it helped bring down the Empire, and, while he was ultimately talked down by the Ghost crew, we know he’s not done with his extreme measures, due to his appearance in Rogue One, so we can expect his season 2 inclusion to send him farther down that path that eventually leads to the Rebel Alliance choosing to alienate itself from his efforts.

SEASON 4 WILL “BRIDGE THE GAP” TO ROGUE ONE

One of the main criticisms against the Star Wars prequels was the divergence from the well-worn aesthetic of the original trilogy. In the prequels, everything seemed new and shiny, but the original trilogy had this worn down, lived in, second-hand feel. Thanks to the work being done outside the movies, particularly in animation, that gap is closing as story details have established a changing galaxy and the different levels of technology across different civilizations and cultures.

Dave Filoni promised that season 4 would continue to “bridge the gap,” leading up to Rogue One, and likewise, A New Hope. One of the biggest ways this will happen is by the Rebels finally going to Yavin 4, where the old Massassi temples are obviously far more fitting of that classic aesthetic than the shield protected landing pads on Atollon. Obviously, this will also serve to connect the story to Rogue One, where we see the Ghost sitting outside Rebel base on Yavin 4.

Between the Ghost, Chopper, and “General Syndulla”, there were already a number of other Rebels Easter eggs in Rogue One, but season 4 is set to make even more connections, with U-Wings, Saw’s soldier, Edrio Two Tubes, and more Saw and Mon Mothma. It sounds like fans will want to watch Rogue One all over again just to see if they can find even more newly revealed Rebels easter eggs when it’s all said and done.

RUKH

Last year’s announcement that Thrawn would be joining Rebels season 3 drew a huge reaction from fans at Celebration – and nearly broke the internet for those that weren’t – and the character really paid off, playing out in animation as if he had stepped directly off the pages of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire. While Thrawn was initially the only character to be lifted from non-canonical Star Wars Legends content, that’s about to change with the introduction of Thrawn’s Noghri bodyguard, Rukh, played by none other than the Star Wars great, Warwick Davis.

This name has huge implications for a number of reasons, the most primary of which is the fact that in the books, Rukh is the one that actually assassinates Thrawn in the end in the Legends material. Obviously, that doesn’t have to play out the same way here, but that detail will definitely loom over all of season 4 as a potential conclusion to Thrawn’s story.

AHSOKA

Fans were thrilled when it was revealed that Ahsoka Tano had survived the Clone Wars and would be appearing regularly in the second season of Star Wars Rebels. It was a sweet reunion until she inevitably had to confront Darth Vader, resulting in a somewhat cryptic resolution prompting the hashtag #AhsokaLives.

Dave Filoni has a history of playing coy on panels and interviews, so it should hardly be a surprise when he showed up wearing a black shirt bearing the words “Ahsoka Lives?” In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trick, when the lights came up after the screening of the season 4 trailer, the text on the shirt had been changed to “Ahsoka Lives!” (notice the punctuation change), prompting rampant speculation about her likely return in season 4.

REBELS IS ENDING WITH SEASON 4

Despite 3 amazing seasons, season 4 will be that end of Rebels. It makes sense, though – the show was always meant to fill in a narrow gap in the Star Wars timeline. Now that they’re running out of road, the stories of these characters will all be wrapped up as Lucasfilm Animation moves on to an as yet unnamed project.

In his announcement that Rebels would end with season 4, Dave Filoni pointed out that he much prefers to end a show on his terms, unlike The Clone Wars, which was canceled in mid-production at the height of its quality, leaving many great stories untold. By bringing Rebels to its ultimate conclusion at this point, we can have confidence that the show will exist as a complete story, looking forward to whatever Lucasfilm Animation is planning next.

Updated: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 won’t include battles of Jedha & Scarif

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Viewers won’t see recreations of Jedha and Scarif when Star Wars Rebels returns for its fourth and final season this fall. There was a lot of news about the show at Star Wars Celebration Orlando this past weekend. We learned of new characters showing up on the series and old favorites popping up again, including Ahsoka Tano – who was last seen battling Darth Vader in the season two finale. Series creator Dave Filoni also announced that the fourth season will be the final one.

Since the series began there’s been some question as to how long the series would go on for with most fans suspecting that the series would wrap up by the time Star Wars: A New Hope takes place. The Ghost made a cameo appearance during Rogue One which has opened the door for the series finale to take place at the same time as that film.

In an interview with /Film, however, Dave Filoni has stated that its not in the cards. Here’s what he told the outlet: “I don’t think that would be right. It would be to hinge this series end on a battle we’ve already seen the outcome of in a feature film. It would be a little bit repetitious, anticlimactic. I think as an initial impulse it sounds great. But the more you think about it, you go hmmmm I don’t know, it would kind of taper your expectations and the tension would be cut quite a bit. I like our ending. And I love that battle. I think it would be neat to see that battle one day from the Ghost’s perspective because we know the Ghost is there, but we don’t know who is in the Ghost. So that’s kind of a good question that needs to be answered.”

Its safe to assume then that the series finale for Star Wars Rebels will take place just short of the battle of Scarif. While we won’t be seeing that tropical world on the animated series, Filoni was asked if it was possible that Jedha would show up: “Anything’s possible in Star Wars storytelling, I’ve learned that lesson. Ever since we brought Darth Maul back, I learned that lesson. I think we have a certain specific task ahead of us and with respect to that film, we wanted things like Jedha to be very special for that movie when it came out. It’s a wonderful sandbox they’ve created over there but you know, it’s not something I could really play with in this series at this point. We have our own Jedi mysteries that we’ve been wrapping our head around on this show.”

That doesn’t preclude Jedha showing up at all. We know that Forest Whitaker will be reprising his role as Saw Gerrera once more for the animated series and seeing as he ends up on that world, we can expect at least a mention if not a brief cameo of Jedha.

At least two characters from Star Wars Rebels are alive during the events of Rogue One: Hera Syndulla and Chopper, with the former mentioned on a loud speaker and the latter glimpsed on screen. Even if the television series doesn’t cover the Ghost taking part of the battle of Scarif you can bet that a book will reveal those events from the perspectives of whichever Star Wars Rebels characters survive by the end of the series.

Updated: How should Star Wars Rebels end?

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At Star Wars Celebration 2017, creator/producer Dave Filoni made the surprise announcement that Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels will be the show’s final season. As sad as it is to see it go away, there’s an extraordinary satisfaction in knowing that this story has a definitive ending, and fans are going to get to see it.

There’s an awful lot of story left to wrap up in just one season, but most important to fans is how the story of the Ghost crew will end. It’s long been assumed by many fans that Kanan and Ezra can’t possibly survive because Luke Skywalker is referred to as “the last of the Jedi” by Yoda – who knew of Kanan and Ezra – in Return of the Jedi. But Dave Filoni has proven many times how much he loves to throw a good curveball, and how effective the payoff of that curveball can be.

So how should Star Wars Rebels end?

The show has always been anchored to the planet Lothal, and ultimately, that’s where its ending would be most appropriate. Lothal is under Imperial control these days, so a big battle for Lothal’s freedom is definitely in the cards. Scenes glimpsed in the Season 4 trailer confirmed this, with imagery of Grand Admiral Thrawn, his new lackey Rukh (voiced by Warwick Davis), and loads of explosions happening on Lothal.

But there’s much more to the show than that one planet. We know for sure that the Rebellion will be based on Yavin in Season 4, which brings things closer than ever to the time of Rogue One and A New Hope. A quick look in the trailer at the white hair of Saw Gerrera and Kallus’ longer hair indicate that there will be a time-jump at some point, either before Season 4 begins, or somewhere within the season itself. With the third season set only two years before the battles of Scarif and Yavin, this means the final season will occur much closer to the original trilogy’s starting point.

Filoni has suggested in the past that he has a plan for the Battle of Scarif — and the Ghost was visible both on Yavin and in the big space battle in Rogue One — as seen from the Ghost crew’s point of view, so it seems likely that will happen at some point, but according to Filoni, it won’t be in season 4. Additional animated projects, comics, or books may very well one day tackle that story from the perspective of the characters we know and love from Rebels, but it’s a story that won’t be told as a part of Rebels‘ 4 season arc.

Elsewhere, things have been left very unresolved where Mandalore is concerned, and the trailer confirmed that this war-torn world will be a big part of Season 4. Sabine and her allies have been on the hunt for a leader worthy of wielding the Darksaber and uniting Mandalore against the Empire; the trailer showed the long-awaited arrival of The Clone Wars‘ Bo-Katan Kryze (voiced by Katee Sackhoff) with the Darksaber in hand, so it’s pretty clear where that storyline is headed. A good guess is that Sabine might install Bo-Katan as leader just in time for Mandalore to show up as reinforcements in the final battle for Lothal.

Another dangling plot thread fans are positively dying to see wrapped up is the fate of Ahsoka Tano. Did she bite the big one on Malachor, or did she somehow survive? Since Dave Filoni has promised to reveal what happened to her at some point (and has already teased the answer to some extent), there are two possibilities for when and how that will happen.

The first and most obvious is to have Ahsoka’s fate revealed before the end of Rebels. Whether that means she shows up at a key moment, alive and well, or Kanan and Ezra find evidence of her demise, it has to be a definitive answer for fans to buy it.

The second option is found in something Filoni stated at the Season 4 Rebels panel at Star Wars Celebration: “The end of Rebels in no way represents the end of what we’re doing at Lucasfilm Animation.” It’s been rumored that a third animated series is already underway at Lucasfilm, and some reports have that mysterious new show set in the 30-year gap between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. When Filoni promised to reveal Ahsoka’s fate, might he have been sneakily referring to events from this new animated series? Only time will tell, but until then, Filoni may be the only person in the entire world that actually knows the answer.

So that leaves us with how and where our favorite characters will end in Rebels‘ story. Aside from the main five, there are side characters that the Rebellion has picked up along the way like Rex, Kallus, Fenn Rau, Ketsu Onyo, Ryder Azadi, and more. It’s all but confirmed at this point that Rex will survive to become one of the soldiers on Endor in Return of the Jedi. As for the rest, it’s anybody’s guess. And what about Thrawn? Now that he’s been canonized, it’s hard to imagine that Lucasfilm would ditch him so quickly, so he could live to tell another story – or even make the jump to live-action!

For the shippers out there, there’s still hope that the unspoken feelings between Kanan and Hera will finally come to fruition. A tender moment in the trailer suggests as much. There was a possibility for romance between Ezra and Sabine at the show’s beginning, but considering the sibling-like relationship they’ve formed over the years, that feels wrong now. And don’t worry, the Kallus/Zeb “bromance” is already confirmed for season 4.

As for who lives and who dies, Star Wars has never killed off characters lightly, so don’t assume that death is the only logical end for Rebels‘ cast. Don’t forget that most fans assumed Ahsoka would die at the end of The Clone Wars to explain her absence from the films, but Filoni and his crew came up with a more creative solution that allowed her to survive in a way that made sense.

Then again, Rebels is a very different show than Clone Wars, so death could be in the offing for our heroes. But the smart move is to assume nothing. From a purely cynical point of view, killing off major characters is bad for business. It limits the opportunities for how those characters might be utilized in future productions. Filoni seems to have full creative freedom to do what he wants on Rebels, but it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t want at least some of these characters to show up in his next animated series.

Will Rebels end at the battle for Lothal, or some other major defeat? While that might work out for the larger context of Star WarsRebels is ultimately a kids show on Disney XD, so something that dark might not be in the cards. But what if the characters live and the Ghost goes on to participate on the sidelines of other major events? Seeing their role diminished that way would be less than satisfying, so probably not. Regardless, knowing that there is a plan and it’s in very capable hands is a reassuring thought.

Star Wars Rebels returns to Disney XD in the fall.

All animated gifs made by me with Adobe Photoshop CS6 from the Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer.

Star Wars Rebels to return for 4th Season

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Despite the best efforts of the Grand Inquisitor, Darth Vader, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Ghost crew will be back. Production is already underway on the fourth season of the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels and will premiere in Fall of 2017 on Disney XD.

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, programming and general manager, Disney XD said, “The team behind Star Wars Rebels delivers epic storytelling that has captivated fans of all ages across the globe. We’re excited to continue sharing the journey of these fan-favorite rebels with our audience in the fall.”

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Star Wars Rebels, set between the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, features a cast of new heroes and has included Star Wars icons like Darth Vader, Yoda, and Princess Leia, along with fan favorites such as Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

The show is currently in the midst of a thrilling third season, which has seen the introduction of the threatening villain Grand Admiral Thrawn, a direct connection to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an appearance by Saw Gerrera, and the legendary Maul on a journey for his ultimate revenge.

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The gifted cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Sam Witwer as Maul, Tom Baker as Bendu, and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

Fans can look forward to more details and an announcement about the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this April.

A guide to the journey of Saw Gerrera

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If you watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and if you’re not a die-hard fan of the saga and only watched the previous Star Wars movies, maybe you’re not familiarized with some characters or situations shown in Rogue One. One of those characters is the former Rebel leader Saw Gerrera (played by actor Forest Whitaker), whose until now had appeared only in Star Wars novels and animation series. Well, if you want to know more about Saw Gerrera, the official Star Wars site has made a playlist of all Saw Gerrera’s appearances until his final part in Rogue One.

Who is Saw Gerrera?

I’m not a terrorist. I’m a patriot. And resistance is not terrorism.― Saw Gerrera

onderonian_steela_sawSaw Gerrera was a human male resistance fighter who, as a leading member of the Onderon rebels, fought against the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Onderon during the Clone Wars. He and his sister, Steela Gerrera, were instrumental in the rebel liberation of their homeworld during the Onderonian Civil War. He later became a key member in the fight against the Galactic Empire and the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. His tactics against the Empire led him to be seen as an extremist, one whose notoriety was recognized by the Empire and, many years later, the New Republic.

In the early resistance against the Separatist Alliance on Onderon, Gerrera and his fellow soldiers were outnumbered and out-fought by the Separatist Droid Army. They requested help from the Jedi High Council, which led the Grand Army of the Republic in its fight against the Separatists, but the Jedi Order chose not to become actively involved in the fighting on Onderon. Instead, they sent a team of advisors—GeneralsAnakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commander Ahsoka Tano, and Clone Captain CT-7567 (“Rex”)—to train the Onderonian fighters. The Jedi and Captain Rex taught them proper techniques and strategies for taking on the battle droid army, and, through their efforts, the rebels began to turn the tide. Gerrera came to resent that the rebels chose Steela as their leader, and he was soon captured in an ill-concocted solo effort to rescue the deposed King Ramsis Dendup from the Separatists. They were both rescued by the rebels, who eventually mounted a final battle against the Separatists. Through their efforts, the rebels liberated their world and returned Dendup to the throne. The fight, however, came at a personal cost: Steela was killed during the final battle, and Gerrera was left to mourn his sister—feeling responsible for her death.

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Saw Gerrera played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

At the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire. Later, Saw brought Galen Erso, Lyra Erso, and Jyn Erso to the uninhabited planet of Lah’mu. When Orson Krennic took Jyn’s parents away from her, Saw found her and raised her until she was a young adult. Gerrera fought against the Imperial Military and led a resistance group known as the Partisans. His resistance cell, a continuation of his Onderonian resistance, was one of the first in the group of cells that formed the Rebel Alliance. He was later involved in the early campaigns of the Rebel Alliance, by which time his more-extreme tactics had come to stand in stark contrast with those of Alliance leaders Bail Organa and Mon Mothma. He eventually based his group on Jedha, where he met Jyn again. When Jedha City was destroyed by the Death Star, Saw told Jyn he was done running and stayed on Jedha, and was killed by the aftermath of the blast.

Playlist

Save the Rebellion! Save the Dream!― Saw Gerrera

Saw Gerrera has fast become one of the most important characters in the Star Wars saga. He fought in the Clone Wars alongside Anakin Skywalker and Ashoka Tano and himself became more machine than man to confront the might of the Empire and Darth Vader. He would do anything he could to resist the Empire and sometimes that got him in trouble with the Rebellion.

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1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Onderon Arc – “A War on Two Fronts,” Season 5, Episode 2; “Front Runners,” Season 5, Episode 3; “The Soft War,” Season 5, Episode 4; “Tipping Points,” Season 5, Episode 4) Saw’s first appearance in the Star Wars mythos was during the Clone War. He was a freedom fighter on his home planet of Onderon and trained by the Jedi in guerrilla tactics. He would later turn those tactics to use against the Empire.

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2. Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno – After the onset of the Empire in the wake of the Clone Wars, the galaxy is in turmoil. Though Saw plays the smallest of parts in this story, it’s an important one to understand the trajectory of his future and his destiny.

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3. Rebel Rising by Beth Revis – Saw Gerrera takes Jyn Erso under his wing and this book tells a tale of their time together, fighting the Empire in every way they can.

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4. Star Wars Rebels (“The Honorable Ones,” Season 2 Episode 17 ) – Though Saw doesn’t appear in this episode personally, it offers a shocking window into the sort of treatment Imperials received at his hands.

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5. Star Wars Rebels (“Ghosts of Geonosis,” Season 3, Episode 12 and 13) Long after Jyn and Saw parted ways, Saw was still a force to be reckoned with in the galaxy. In these episodes, he’s sent to investigate the aftermath of what might be the Imperial genocide of Geonosis.

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6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – This final installment of Saw Gerrera’s playlist shows us some of the connective tissue between Catalyst and Rebel Rising, but it also shows us what ultimately becomes of Saw and how the Rebel Alliance sees him.

Star Wars: Grand Admiral Thrawn explained

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The big news coming out of this past summer’s Star Wars Celebration was the announcement that a certain legendary character from the original iteration of the Expanded Universe (that overflowing collection of novels, comic books, short stories, and video games) would be popping up in the new Disney-owned Star Wars saga: Grand Admiral Thrawn, the villain originally introduced to take the place of the fallen Dark Lords of the Sith, Darths Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) and Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones).

The only alien that Emperor Palpatine trusted to climb the Imperial ranks, the good admiral will first be popping up in the season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels (where he’ll be voiced by Lars Mikkelsen) before arriving once again in book form, in the appropriately titled Star Wars: Thrawn. The latter is scheduled to be released on April 11, 2017 and will act as a prequel to Thrawn’s television run, covering his first encounter with the Empire and ending just before Rebels‘ third season.

Newer viewers and readers can be forgiven for not being familiar with Thrawn, and even those battle-hardened story veterans may need a bit of a refresher, given just how many decades it’s been since the character was initially established – and given some of the continuity problems that the reintroduction of the character can cause. It may be necessary all around, therefore, to ask one simple question: Who Is Grand Admiral Thrawn?

SO, WHO IS THRAWN?

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

When publisher Bantam Spectra and Lucasfilm agreed in the late 1980s that a trilogy of novels set in the immediate years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi would be a tremendous financial success, Timothy Zahn was selected to be its author. Zahn, in turn, realized that he would need a villain not only to propel the books’ plot, but to also stand up to the legacy of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader (who, at the time, were unknown to both be Sith Lords, a revelation which wouldn’t come to light until nearly a decade later, in Episode I: The Phantom Menace).

Zahn’s accurate instinct was to create an antagonist who would represent a wholly different approach to Imperial hegemony; one who valued strategy over brute force, creative contributions from subordinates instead of simple blind obedience, and who possessed an unshakably calm demeanor as opposed to the rage-filled outbursts from Lord Vader (and, later on, Kylo Ren [Adam Driver]). Thrawn is an individual who prizes art above all else, both for its external beauty and for its intrinsic ability to carry an entire people’s psychological disposition within it. By studying a civilization’s art, along with dabs of its culture and history, he could deduce the strategies they would deploy on the battlefield, allowing him to always be three steps ahead of whatever opponent he was currently facing. When combined with his very alien appearance – blue skin, jet-black hair, glowing red eyes – the resultant effect is a character who is wholly unique in all of Star Wars, from the movies to the rest of the old EU to, most recently, the television outings.

In short, it’s absolutely no surprise that Lucasfilm would bring him back into the new Star Wars canon status quo.

Fans finally got their wish when Thrawn’s appearance was revealed in the latest Star Wars Rebels Season 3 trailer. The reveal of Thrawn comes in around the 1:55 mark.

THRAWN’S ORIGINAL ROLE IN THE FIRST EXPANDED UNIVERSE

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In the years before Episode IV: A New Hope, Thrawn is able to do the impossible: work his way up the Imperial ranks in a largely human-only club, where he eventually reaches the dizzying rank of grand admiral (another invention by Timothy Zahn) and is eventually made the commanding officer in charge of exploring the Unknown Regions, those uncharted territories beyond the galactic rim.

He returns from his mission four years after the Galactic Empire’s defeat at the Battle of Endor to fill the Emperor’s larger-than-life shoes (robes?), attempting to shore up the shrinking Imperial numbers, topple the still-fledgling New Republic, and reassert Palpatine’s New Order once and for all. This campaign, which comes so narrowly close to being successful, forms the basis of Timothy Zahn’s inaugural trilogy of books: Heir to the Empire (1991), Dark Force Rising (1992), and The Last Command (1993) (which, collectively, have since come to be known as the Thrawn trilogy, for obvious reasons).

trilogyDie-hard fans know that Thrawn was a character who was introduced by author Timothy Zahn in his first novel Star Wars: Heir to the Empire. That novel eventually turned into a trilogy (Dark Force Rising and Last Command were the other two) and was the first set of stories to follow the conclusion of Return of the Jedi.

As the final volume in this series comes to a close and as the grand admiral’s immaculate plans start to miraculously unravel, the unexpected happens: Thrawn is betrayed by one of his most loyal servants, being stabbed in the back while sitting in his command chair aboard his flagship, the Star Destroyer Chimera (even here, with the double shock of betrayal and death ravaging him, Thrawn never loses his trademark calm, wryly noting “But… it was so artistically done”). Just like that, the gravest threat that the New Republic has yet faced dissipates, allowing the government time to stabilize and granting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) the chance to, at long last, create that New Jedi Order he has long been burdened with initiating.

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That would, obviously, seem to be the end of Thrawn, but he is resurrected, both literally and figuratively, five years later, for Zahn’s next big Star Wars outing: Specter of the Past (1998) and Vision of the Future (1999), which together comprise the Hand of Thrawn duology. With the still-existing Empire on its last legs (yes, once again) and with the New Republic on the verge of disintegration and civil war (again), Grand Admiral Thrawn’s clone rises to take his progenitor’s place, and the sheer announcement of his “return” is enough to place nearly the entire galaxy into a state of panic.

In an interesting, if somewhat cliché, move, Zahn offers two twists almost back-to-back, which serve to end The Hand of Thrawn, starting with the revelation that the man presumed to be the admiral’s clone is actually an imposter, and ending with Master Luke discovering the real clone, who was created immediately after the real Thrawn’s death a decade earlier but has yet to be awoken. After a debate over the morality of killing the genetic offspring (since he technically has committed no crimes and all), the clone dies, anyway, when Luke and his compatriot are forced to blast their way out of the cloning facility.

PREQUELS, RETCONNING, AND THE FUTURE

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Timothy Zahn ultimately couldn’t resist playing with his most famous creation one final time, doing so across the novels Survivor’s Quest (2004) and Outbound Flight (2006), with the former having more to do with Thrawn’s legacy than anything else and the latter being a prequel, delivering a full story based off of an off-hand reference made in the Thrawn trilogy about a key episode in the grand admiral’s secretive past. Interestingly enough, it is in these final Thrawn outings that we glimpse some of the continuity difficulty that Dave Filoni, the showrunner of Rebels, and Zahn himself will now be facing in their attempts to assimilate the iconic character in this new iteration of the Expanded Universe.

To explain, let’s back up for a moment. As part of his efforts to furnish the story for his initial trilogy of books, Zahn had nearly free reign in providing his own explanations for a number of mysterious plotlines that were left over from the movies (such as what, exactly, the Clone Wars were, or how Palpatine could have been a Force wielder without having been a former Jedi Knight). But once the prequel trilogy started to arrive on the scene, bringing along with it the official answers to these riddles, Zahn needed to attempt to reconcile the two continuities. Hence, none other than Darth Sidious himself makes an appearance in Outbound Flight – which is now inserted in between The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones – striking a bargain with the newly-discovered Thrawn out in the Unknown Regions to help him start to pick off Jedi, some 10 years before the Purge. (An effort was also made to place the episode – and all of Thrawn’s backstory, more generally – in the context of preparing for the eventual war against an extra-galactic alien race known as the Yuuzhan Vong, whose arrival formed the basis of the “New Jedi Order” publishing program that lasted from 1999 to 2003 and which consisted of no less than 19 books.) It was a fine narrative needle to try and thread, but Zahn plugged away at it dutifully, fudging the details in order to make a general fit.

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Such a messy integration is seemingly needed once again, as both the author and the Rebels writing staff have indicated that references to the character’s past (and now-invalidated) adventures will be included in both the television episodes and the new novel, a move which can potentially open a Pandora’s box of continuity chaos. Will the character’s earlier alliance with the once-and-future Emperor Palpatine be carried over, and, if so, will extra moves be taken to scrub all the old-EU-specific detritus away from the narrative core? Will the brilliant battlefield strategies that older readers were originally delighted by 25 years ago in Heir to the Empire be dusted off and repurposed for Rebels – something which could bore the long-time fans? And, finally, will the more out-there scenarios, such as having several Thrawn clones waiting to run around the galaxy once their genetic antecedent bites the dust, be invoked – possibly in Episode VIII or IX? (It’s a possibility which, actually, isn’t that far-fetched, given that Rebels and its predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, have already brought Darth Maul [Ray Park] back to life, robotic spider legs and all.)

And all of this doesn’t even address the fundamental issue underlying the entire enterprise – should the new Expanded Universe stories address, or otherwise reinforce, their older, non-canon versions? If left unchecked, such a move would ultimately and inexorably lead to the boundary between the two versions being erased entirely, resulting in an even bigger, inchoate mess than what the original EU was during its more awkward early days (after the Thrawn trilogy and before Del Rey imposed a strict top-down game plan on the narrative proceedings).

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Just when you thought the news couldn’t get any better, Timothy Zahn himself revealed to the mass audience that a new Star Wars novel will be released in April 2017 simply titled Star Wars: Thrawn. The novel will look to shed some light on this fan-favorite character.

But all of those are future concerns best left to a different day. For now, all that Star Wars fans should concentrate on is the fact that one of the most brilliant additions to that galaxy far, far away is set to become, at long last, a canon resident – and that he’s probably here to stay.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3: First 6 episode titles revealed

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As Star Wars fans get ready to embrace spinoff film Rogue One, releasing this December, and continue to listen out for news about next year’s Episode VIII, a new season of animated series Star Wars Rebels is on the horizon. In just a couple weeks, the hit Disney XD show will return to the airwaves with possibly its most important and strongest season yet, leading into an all out war between the Rebels and the Empire.

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Set around the time of Rogue One, not too long before Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars Rebels follows the ragtag crew of starship Ghost as they fight against the growing, evil Galactic Empire. Ezra Bridger is a young orphan from Lothal who can use the Force, and after season 2 he’s now stronger than ever. Last we saw him, Ezra had managed to escape Sith Lord Darth Vader and recover and unlock the Sith holocron using the dark side of the Force. Now in season 3, the Ghost crew are preparing for the biggest mission yet: a direct attack on the Empire.

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Having established a secret base on Atollon with new resources and recruits, Ezra and weapons expert Sabine are ready to face off against their newest enemy, Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. Not much else is known about the upcoming episodes, beyond some returning characters like Wedge Antilles, but new episode titles give us a few hints. The first six titles for season 3 of Star Wars Rebels will be “Steps into Shadow, Parts 1 & 2”, “The Holocrons of Fate”, “The Antilles Extraction”, “Hera’s Heroes” and “The Last Battle”.

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The one-hour television movie “Steps into Shadow”, which is comprised of the first two episodes and kicks off season 3, exclusively debuted this summer at Celebration Europe. Spoilers for the premiere can be found online, but the gist is that Ezra being in possession of the Sith holocron will have a lot of ramifications on not just the Star Wars Rebels world – but the character himself. Ezra will have to decide between the light and dark sides of the Force, while new baddies and impartial characters try to sway him in different ways.

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Next it seems “The Holocrons of Fate” will further test the power of these ancient artifacts and possibly feature the merging of the Jedi and Sith Holocrons we saw in the first trailer. From there, “The Antilles Extraction” will introduce Wedge Antilles, the legendary X-Wing pilot – who, in Star Wars Rebels, is just a young Imperial pilot ready to defect from the Empire. Then “Hera’s Heroes” and “The Last Battle” round out the first batch of episodes taking us through the end of October. With Katee Sackhoff also reprising her role as Bo-Katan, there are sure to be a lot more surprises coming up.

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Star Wars Rebels season 3 will premiere Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. EST on Disney XD.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 may connect with future Star Wars films

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After Disney bought Lucasfilm and with it the Star Wars multi-media franchise, the studios announced the formation of the Lucasfilm Story Group: a collection of writers whose job is to make sure that story continuity is maintained between the various Star Wars movies, TV shows, video games, and comic books released under the Disney/Lucasfilm banner (save, that is, for the Star Wars LEGO video games). As a result, all events that transpire in Star Wars-related content outside the realm of live-action film is considered “canon” – whether it be the plot beats from the novel “Bloodline” (set six years before the events of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) or the events that unfold in the Disney XD cartoon TV series Star Wars Rebels (set a few years before Episode IV – A New Hope).

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maulWe will see in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 many familiar faces to the Star Wars “shared universe”, as Wedge Antilles, Grand Moff Tarkin, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Maul.

Rebels first included appearances by famous players from the Star Wars live-action movies early on during its first season; then, in season 2, the series began to incorporate certain key players from the animated Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series, while featuring even more beloved characters from the original Star Wars film trilogy (Episodes IV-VI). Now that season 3 is on the horizon, it seems the series may start to include direct connections to as-yet unreleased Star Wars films too.

Simon Kinberg, a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group and Star Wars Rebels‘ co-creator, is no stranger to the “shared universe” model now being embraced by the Star Wars franchise – as he’s also serving as a writer and producer on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men/Marvel movie franchise. Speaking with Moviefone, Kinberg expressed his excitement about the fact that Star Wars is now embracing the “shared universe” approach long utilized in the world of comic books:

“I’m very excited. I think part of the fun of the way they’re building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movies… It’s something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you’d have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry. And, also, getting to work with other artists and filmmakers and writers, and use their talents — I like not being by myself in a room when I work. I like having other collaborators. You’re with some of the world’s best.”

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The “larger tapestry” of the Star Wars franchise (as Kinberg puts it) is one that has become increasingly tight-knit in its construction – what with novels such as “Bloodline” introducing plot points that will likely feed directly into the events of Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Clone Wars character Saw Gererra now being confirmed to appear in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (where he’s played by Forest Whitaker). Kinberg indicated to Moviefone that Rebels season 3 will include plot points and/or characters that may directly connect with as-yet unreleased Star Wars movies, in keeping with that trend.

“What’s lovely is, obviously, we’ve brought in characters from ‘Clone Wars’ in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew. So it’s trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with ‘Clone Wars,’ with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies.”

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It’s plausible that Rebels season 3 will explore story material that leads into the upcoming young Han Solo movie in particular, given that there should be some overlap between them in the Star Wars timeline – not to mention, the main characters on Rebels frequently deal with members of the larger Star Wars universe’s criminal underworld that young Han Solo could have (plausibly) worked for at some point too. On top of that, Rebels season 3 will also bring the TV series ever closer to Episode IV – A New Hope in the Star Wars timeline and begins airing on Disney XD a few months before Rogue One (also set just before the events of Episode IV) hits theaters, as it just-so-happens.

In other words: it may yet turn out that Clone Wars isn’t the only animated Star Wars TV show with a direct connection to the first Star Wars anthology/spinoff film, as Rebels season 3 will be arriving at the perfect time for it to “cross-over” with Rogue One. If not, then there’s still the young Han Solo movie and the mystery 2020 Star Wars anthology film that Rebels season 3 could help to pave the way for – especially if that 2020 Star Wars spinoff film takes place somewhere between Episode IV – A New Hope and Episode VII – The Force Awakens (e.g. in the aftermath of Star Wars Rebels).

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

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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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).

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“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.

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

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

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“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.

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The Skystrike Academy.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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“My friends! My friends!” – Hondo Ohnaka

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

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

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

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

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“Let’s go get em!” –Ezra

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

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

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Cham Syndulla fighting alongside Hera, Zeb, and Sabine.

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

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

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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.

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

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A return to Concord Dawn.

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“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.

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

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

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“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.

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Ezra and Zeb fighting Dark trooper inspired droids?

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

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

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

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

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“This attack was swift… precise.” – Cham

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“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.

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

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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.

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“Grand Admiral Thrawn!” – Hera

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Though blind, Kanan diverts a missile with the Force.

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

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Ezra being drawn to the power of the Sith holocron.

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Several ghostly entities emerge from an alter before Ezra.

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

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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.

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

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

Ezra drawn deeper towards the dark side.

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

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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!

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Maul using the Force on Hera.

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“I must become more powerful.” – Ezra

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

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

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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?

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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?

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Hera in the clutches of Thrawn?

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

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

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

Star Wars Rebels Season 3: The Force will be challenged

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The Star Wars Rebels season 2 finale found Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano visiting a Sith temple in Malachor for knowledge. The finale featured the return of Darth Maul, a major Ahsoka-Darth Vader fight and Ezra’s temptation towards the dark side getting deeper. However, the episode ended with the collapse of the Sith temple with Ahsoka still inside, while Kanan, who was blinded by Darth Maul, managed to escape with Ezra. The fate of Ahsoka and Darth Maul was left hanging as season 2 came to an end.

Well, Star Wars Celebration revealed a new trailer, clips and details for Star Wars Rebels season 3, set to return in the fall of this year. As fans were left wondering if Ezra was being swayed by the power of the Dark Side, the trailer for Star Wars Rebels also confirms the debut of Grand Admiral Thrawn and highlights Ezra’s ongoing struggles with the Sith Holocron (which is beginning to turn him mad). Darth Maul also tries to make Ezra his apprentice, as the Sith Lord notices how much Ezra is being pulled towards the Dark Side of the Force.

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In season three of Star Wars Rebels, the Force will be explored in completely new ways. The Force itself is the energy that flows through all living things, connecting and binding the universe, but it can also be manipulated by those who are strongly connected to it. Rebels season 3 will introduce a new ancient being, The Bendu (who lives with both the light and dark side present), and explore how different sides of the Force either clash or combine through main characters like Ezra, Darth Maul, and Kanan.

In a recent interview with Comic Book at Star Wars Celebration, showrunner Dave Filoni explained how the Force will affect Star Wars Rebels:

“I’ve gone as far as to say, when you’re a great pilot [in the Star Wars galaxy], are you using the Force? Probably! You’re in the moment. You can’t push and pull things to you – you don’t have that discipline – but you’re kinetically dodging a bunch of asteroids, which the odds of doing according to Threepio are almost impossible. What does that mean, when Han has this lack of faith, that he’s doing things [like that]?”

“Having the Force doesn’t mean you’re a superhero. It’s not that at all; it’s just being in the moment and being very true and flowing through the Force to do great things. Athletes talk about being ‘In the zone.’ They’ll say they’ve only been ‘in the zone’ twice in their entire sports professional career. Jedi are in the zone way more often than that, but they’re exceptional.”

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He went on to explain that just because one has a connection with the Force, doesn’t mean they need special training:

“It takes training and discipline. Without these things, it’s dangerous. When don’t you need training and discipline? When you’re gifted; it comes easy, like Anakin, thus if it comes to you easy, you might not value it as much as somebody who has fought hard to win that skill, to earn that skill. When that happens, you can unfortunately become corrupted. You see gifted people become arrogant, they think they’re special and better than anyone else because they’re powerful and gifted – Anakin. These are the things I just relate it to real life, and I’m always interested in the Force.”

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And as far as Bendu is concerned, he refers to himself as “the middle” in the trailer:

“He’s one of those guys who is outside the realm of that ‘clash of light and dark.’

I like to think of Bendu as just being very tired. You heard him in the episode yesterday say ‘You woke me up from a deep slumber,’ and part of Bendu’s thing is he’d like to go back to sleep, but the Rebels keep making all this noise, there’s all this torment over there. They’re young compared to him, and they’re like babies crying in the background. He respects their use of the Force, and respects that they have their own discipline, but he could get tired of it and curl back up and say ‘don’t bother me!”

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Star Wars Rebels, the acclaimed animated series, takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy. Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The storyline follows crew of the Ghost (including a couple that are force-sensitives) as they fight against the Empire. After The Clone Wars was cancelled, Rebels picks up fourteen years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Since the shocking finale of Star Wars Rebels season 2, fans have been eagerly awaiting these details concerning season 3.

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

Star Wars Celebration 2016 highlights

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Well, the Star Wars Celebration 2016 it’s over, but there are many videos on Internet when you can view or review some of its best moments. I’m sharing some of them. All videos from Disney Experience Channel on YouTube.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story Panel (hosted by Gwendoline Christie)

An Hour with Mark Hamill Panel

Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries Panel

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Panel (hosted by Warwick Davis)

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer Grand Admiral Thrawn Reveal