Despite a name drop in the recent trailer, don't expect to see Director Orson Krennic in the upcoming season of Star Wars Rebels. The Disney XD animated series is gearing up for its jam-packed final season with the Ghost Crew finally stepping on a bigger stage, now closely working with the bigger Rebellion squad that we know from the original trilogy.
Ahead of its October premiere, a brand new trailer for Rebels has been released providing a fresh look at the final year of the gang's adventures. Along with the heroes on various missions - including a major arc on Mandalore - we also got a set up of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; the Death Star project "Stardust" gets namedropped as the brainchild of Director Krennic. However, that doesn't mean we'll get to see Ben Mendelsohn's character and Rebels' main bad, Grand Admiral Thrawn, meet.
Speaking with EW, showrunner Dave Filoni said that while "name dropping" is always a good thing as "it feel like it’s part of this big world", it wouldn't go any further. The animation legend explained that he does not want to cram a lot Star Wars antagonists for the sake of putting them on the show:
“I was imagining a shot with Vader and Krennic and the Emperor, but it’s like having a cape convention with those guys. Then you have Tarkin and Thrawn, and it starts too look like a Legion of Bad Guys. When you get too many bizarre Star Wars villains together, I don’t know if it works for me.”
Not featuring Krennic in the last season of Rebels removes any hope of deeper exploration in visual media - he died at the end of Rogue One, so is unlikely to return in any future films. That said, the Imperial general's story has already been fairly fleshed out thanks to the novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, so there's not any gaping hole needing filling.
And as Filoni says, the Ghost crew have a lot on their hands. On top of dealing with the Empire's retaliation, Star Wars Rebels Season 4 is also expected to dive deep on the characters' individual storyline. The trailer features Sabine wielding the Darksaber in order to unite her Mandalorian people. It also finally addresses the long-rumored romantic relationship between Hera and Kanan. While Ahsoka's whereabouts still remains a mystery, Filoni's previous teases make us believe that her ultimate fate will be revealed before the show wraps up.
Star Wars: Rebels returns to Disney XD for its final season on October 16th.