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.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 returns to Disney XD in the fall.