After Disney bought Lucasfilm, the first new part of the Star Wars saga they produced was Star Wars Rebels. Early on the show defined what the franchise’s new canon would and could become in a post-George Lucas world. But now, just as the movies are getting ready for their second act, Rebels is ready for its final one.
For its first three seasons, executive producer Dave Filoni and his team have told the story of Ezra Bridger, a young boy strong with the Force, who befriends a rogue group working as part of a growing Rebel Alliance. Along the way, the show has introduced several new fan favorite characters, as well as featured appearances from Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, Mon Mothma, and others. But even when the show connects to the movies, it’s always been focused on the journey of Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper, and their role in fighting the Empire.
Now the fourth and final season is here, which means finally answering some of the most important questions the show has raised. Where are the Jedi Ahsoka, Kanan, and Ezra during the emergence of Luke Skywalker? How does Grand Admiral Thrawn fit in with Darth Vader and the Emperor? And did any of these rebels play a part alongside Luke, Han, and Leia over the next few years?
“Everything [in season four] is kind of magnified,” Filoni told io9. “You have to look at the whole season and say, ‘This is all the space I have to tell this story of how this all goes.’ So you can’t waste anything. Especially knowing where the galaxy’s at by the end of it. We have a pretty good idea based on the films what we’re dealing with. So those are the challenges. But I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how it all worked out in the end.”
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