While she’s reunited with her own Mandalorian people, including her mother, Ursa Wren, Sabine is also out from under the wings of her Ghost “Mom & Dad,” making a name for herself with the Darksaber, legendary weapon of Mandalore. At the end of season 3, Sabine was leading her clan in an uprising against the Empire, one that could very well cause a Mandalorian civil war amongst the many factions of the warrior people.
As a major part of Sabine’s story, Bo Katan Kryze, likely voiced by Katee Sackhoff, will be making her first appearance since The Clone Wars and may provide some additional insight into the situation on Mandalore during the time of Maul’s reign leading up to, and during, the eventual Seige of Mandalore.
Over the course of season 3, the Rebels’ apparent arch nemesis, Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau, made a surprising transformation that eventually revealed that he had become the new Rebel informant, Fulcrum. We know he’ll continue to be a big part of season 4, and it looks like he’ll even be paired off with Rex on the Ghost for a special mission at some point.
While he presumably will have a story arc, most of the panels’ Kallus talk revolved around “Hot Kallus” from the end of season 3 when the animation for his hair changed to make him a little more rogueish with a stray lock hanging over his forehead. Dave Filoni revealed that #HotKallus was a thing inside the crew before the episode even aired, and he even showed it to Kallus voice actor David Oyelowo who thought it was awesome, if not just a little weird. Either way, expect more of Kallus, and maybe more of Hot Kallus, in season 4.
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Fans were thrilled to see Grand Admiral Thrawn finally realized on the screen in season 3 of Rebels. After the old Expanded Universe was deemed “Legends” and not treated as canon, seeing such a popular character make his way into mainstream Star Wars was a triumph. His backstory was established even more in the book, Thrawn, by his original creator Timothy Zahn, showing that his motives might not always be exactly in line with The Empire’s, especially when it comes to initiatives like the Death Star. Sure, they are cooperating right now, but Thrawn may only see The Empire as a means to an end, and it appears that gap is starting to widen as Dave Filoni says Thrawn will beginning to disagree with the way the Empire is conducting the war.
This fight is likely to play out mainly between Thrawn and Governor Pryce, whose rise to power was also chronicled in Thrawn. Both are master schemers and manipulators who know how to get people to do what they want, so any sort of conflict between them could prove to be one enticing chess match. As we see in the trailers, Grand Moff Tarkin also appears to be turning against Thrawn in favor of Orsen Krennic’s “Stardust” initiative, which we know ultimately becomes the Death Star. Whether season 4 marks an end for Thrawn, or his arc simply evolves in a way that takes him away from the action, possibly into the unknown regions like in the EU, isn’t clear, but it’ll definitely be a story to watch for when Rebels returns.
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