During the Star Wars Rebels panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando Florida, show creator Dave Filoni announced that the show would be coming to an end at the end of the upcoming fourth season.
During the panel, Filoni revealed that the show would come to an end at the end of the coming season. “Seeing the evolution of this family, [and] these kids, and watching them get older, as a creator of a story I think of these things. I think about where we are going, and what the characters need to go through,” he said. “This is where I have to tell you that Season 4 is the final season of Star Wars Rebels.”
He went on to note that the decision was one that he made, noting he wanted to make sure that the show goes out on a high note, getting it to where it needs to go. He explained that he knew what it was like not getting to end a series on his own terms, referring back to premature cancellation of The Clone Wars, which ultimately had its final season stream on Netflix.
Last month, Lucasfilm announced that it had renewed the show for a fourth season, and Filoni screened a trailer for the upcoming season describing it as “different, a little dark, a little fun.”
The trailer highlighted Ezra’s journey in the show, and teased some of what we’ll see coming up. We got a glimpse of Yavin IV as a setting, the U-Wing fighter and Imperial hover tanks that were prominently featured in Rogue One, as well as Bo-Katan Kryze from The Clone Wars, and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
During the panel, we learned that there will be some additional ties to Rogue One, with Saw Gerrera returning to the show, along with a fellow cell member, Edrio Two Tubes. Mon Mothma will also return for an appearance.
While the show is ending, Filoni said that “this show by no means represents an end to anything we’re doing in animation,” but didn’t reveal if there would be an additional animated show replacing Rebels. Later this fall, Lucasfilm and Disney will launch a series of animated episodes called Forces of Destiny.