What To Expect from Star Wars Rebels Season 3

Sunday, 03 April 2016 - 1:07PM
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Sunday, 03 April 2016 - 1:07PM
What To Expect from Star Wars Rebels Season 3
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Our eyes might have only just dried out from the emotional 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 2 finale, but that doesn't mean we can't start looking ahead to what's in store for the show's key players in season 3. Considering everything that unfolded in last night's finale, there's still a surprising amount of uncertainty surrounding the Rebels cast. And, while we've not had much in the way of confirmation from the creative team behind the show, we have been given a few hints as to what's in store. So let's break down what we can expect when Rebels returns later this year.

Ahsoka



We'll get this out of the way right from the start. It's incredibly unlikely that Ahsoka will be making a return to Rebels in Season 3, dead or alive. That's not us trying to say she's dead, that's the word from Rebels creator Dave Filoni in an interview with IGN.

Opening quote
I would say that – while I'm not a huge fan of being tremendously ambiguous as far as what happened – I would say that this is the one case where I think it's alright with Ahsoka to leave things a bit open-ended. You wondered what happened to her before, but you knew she walked away. Now she kind of leaves in a state of conflict. I would just say that there are probably – and I'll give you this as we go back a ways – there are probably more stories to tell with Ahsoka Tano, but I would not believe that that would happen necessarily on Star Wars Rebels.
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As Filoni says, Ahsoka's time in the Star Wars Universe is far from finished, in fact, just this morning it was announced that a new book is to be released in the Fall detailing what Snips got up to between Clone Wars and her reappearance on Rebels. But as for her time on the show? Well, that would seem to be over.....for now.

Kanan aka Jedi Daredevil



Filoni has always been quick to stress that Star Wars Rebels as a show focused on Ezra and Kanan, and for that reason it must have been hard for him not to let Ahsoka vs Vader overshadow their journey. But in Season 3 it looks like that distraction won't be there, and given everything that went on in Twilight of the Apprentice, that's probably a good job.

Filoni has already revealed that Kanan's injury in the Season 2 finale was the first part of a story that will play out in the rest of Season 3. Of course, he didn't give too many specifics but we can guess that this is going to force our hero into reassessing the way he goes about his training of Ezra, which is looking like it will be rather important....

Will Ezra go Dark?


Throughout last night's finale, we were told that only a Sith can open a Sith holocron. So, what does it mean when a Sith holocron opens in the hands of young Ezra Bridger? Has Ezra gone full Sith, or has he just momentarily embraced the dark side? Either way, what Ezra does with this new source of power is going to be a key theme throughout next season. But it looks as though the Sith holocron won't be the only challenge Ezra faces at this moral crossroads....



When asked what he was looking forward to in Season 3, Taylor Gray (the voice of Ezra) said he was intrigued to see where Ezra's relationship with Maul was going. Now, while we know that Maul survived events at the ancient temple, this is the strongest indication yet that he'll have a major role to play on the show in the future.... 

Maul is Back!



Oh yes, after quite the rocky road, Maul is back and according to Dave Filoni, he's back in a big way:

Opening quote
"We tend to lean more towards Maul being the foil on the Darker side of the Force for our heroes in the next season," Filoni told io9. "You will see more of Maul, which I think is a great thing for the show."
Closing quote

So it would seem that while his role in the Season 2 finale was something of a gray area, the one-time Sith apprentice will become a major antagonist next season. Maul has already expressed his desire to vanquish all his enemies, but where will his priorities be? If Ezra and Maul are to have future interactions just as Taylor Gray suggests, it would seem that the Dathomirian will be looking to secure the services of the talented young Jedi as an apprentice.

Maul is many things, but he's certainly not careless. If he really does want to score a fatal blow against the Empire, he won't consider going it alone. It could be that we see Ezra in the middle of a battle for his soul with Kanan and Maul the two combatants.  

Links to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story



One of the most interesting aspects of Rebels is its increasingly close proximity to the original trilogy. In the Star Wars timeline, Rebels is now less than 5 years away from the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars: A New Hope, but come December 16th, there will be a new movie out that sits even closer to the events of Rebels' third season. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars story will follow the daring group of Rebels that stole the plans for Palpatine's Death Star, enabling the Rebellion to land a crucial victory over the Empire. Ever since Rogue One was announced, people have theorized about the potential for crossovers with Rebels, and on Rebels Recon this week Star Wars knowledge-bank Pablo Hidalgo appeared to hint that Season 3 could start linking the show to its big screen companions.

Opening quote
Over the course of the next season, we're going to start seeing more and more recognizable elements. We're going to see more of the Rebellion that we recognize in Episode IV and in Rogue One taking shape in Rebels.
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We're Not Done with Inquisitors


The herd may have been thinned somewhat, but it looks like we're not done with Inquisitors just yet. The new Inquisitor that was introduced in Twilight of the Apprentice was seen taking a nosedive courtesy of a faulty lightsaber, but as we've seen with Maul, such a tumble doesn't appear to be fatal. While Fifth Brother and Sarah Michelle Gellar's Seventh Sister both met with more conclusive endings, it could be that we see this new mystery Inquisitor making an appearance next season. Lets just hope whichever ones are up next don't end up using saber-copters.



That being said, Dave Filoni has warned that because of the fact that Rebels is fast approaching the OT timeline –in which there are no Inquisitors– these characters will be used far more sparingly than they have been in the previous two seasons.

Something big is Coming. Something Really Big.


Finally, we'll end on what is arguably the biggest tease for the upcoming third season. On Rebels Recon, Dave Filoni signed off 

Opening quote
Something big is going to happen that I think people really, really want, and I know that I've wanted it for a while. We've figured out a way to do it. It's a very important moment in Star Wars and a very important moment for Star Wars fans.
Closing quote

What the hell, Dave? Talk about a mic drop moment! As for what that moment can be, the possibilities are endless, but if it means something to die-hard fans it could be a moment from the old Expanded Universe. My guess? A certain blue-skinned fellow by the name of Thrawn....



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