Star Wars Rebels has continued to impress audiences young and old for over a year now. The show finished its first season of 13 episodes (plus an hour-long TV movie), and the second season kicked off last October. We expect twice the amount of episodes in season 2 as we saw in season 1.
So far, Season 2 has brought back several fan favorites from The Clone Wars, including the Clone Captain Rex, and the pirate Hondo Ohnaka. And that's in addition to the return of Anakin's apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, who appeared in the season 1 finale. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens draws closer, it appears Star Wars Rebels' story won't end with season 2.
Disney has announced that Star Wars Rebels will continue with a third season, starting in 2016. Marc Buhaj, Programming and General Manager at DisneyXD, made the announcement today, and had this to say about the show:
"The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a Star Wars property including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. evil."
To commemorate the occassion, TV Guide Magazine will release a special Star Wars Rebels issue this coming Thursday (December 3rd). Check out the cover below.
Star Wars Rebels ranks as the second most-watched show that DisneyXD has on its network. DisneyXD typically markets to young boys, but Star Wars Rebels has brought in a wide audience that also includes young girls and adults. In fact, per this announcement, Star Wars Rebels ranks as the most-watched DisneyXD show for adults. This continues the long-standing tradition of Star Wars appealing to the whole family, and not just a small, limited market of young boys.
The third season should enter interesting territory since it will coincide with the Star Wars film, Rogue One, which is due in theaters on December 16, 2016. Rogue One will take place around the same time period as Star Wars Rebels, and there's definitely potential for a crossover, a la Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While it's more likely that the film will affect the show, and not the other way around, season 3 together with Rogue One will be a fascinating time period for Star Wars fans.
Star Wars Rebels continues with ‘The Future of the Force’ this Wednesday @9:30pm on Disney XD.