Lucasfilm is closing in on the end of Star Wars Rebels, and executive producer Dave Filoni assures it will reveal the fates of several characters. Disney and Lucasfilm reset Star Wars canon upon their partnership and the result made any new piece of Star Wars content officially part of the universe. One of the first additions was Rebels, Disney’s new animated Star Wars series on Disney XD, and the results have brought many new beloved characters and stories into the galaxy far, far away.
The closeness the series has to the original trilogy has provided Rebels with the opportunity to have plenty of crossover, but has also continued to raise questions regarding its characters’ whereabouts in those movies and even Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. By the time season four comes to a close, viewers will have these questions answered.
io9 spoke to Rebels’ executive producer Dave Filoni about the end of the series, and to their surprise, the typically cagey Filoni gave some more definitive responses. He was specifically asked about how the show answers Ezra, Kanan, Thrawn, and Ahsoka’s absence from the films, and he promises it will all be explained.
I will say just explaining Ezra’s past and what happens to him and Kanan is a big one. Because people have been all over that, seeing as they don’t see many Force wielders in A New Hope.
We brought Thrawn into the picture, so we have to answer questions about him.
And I would say, just because it’s been a constant question that I’ve gotten, people keep wondering what happens to a character like Ahsoka
I would say that all of these things are on the table this season, because you try to answer all those things in the course of the series. So we tried to really bring all those answers to bear, whether people would like the answer or not, because it’s got to be contained within this story. So all those things were on the table going into this season.
The canon of Star Wars continues to become even more important and expansive with the release of every book, comic, episode, and film, so Rebels has to answer these questions in order for the series to feel complete. Sure, Lucasfilm could have decided to let those loose threads hang and eventually address them on another platform, but those answers would certainly not come to every viewer of Rebels.
Filoni is also no stranger to having a series taken away before the story could be properly closed after Star Wars: The Clone Wars was abruptly cancelled upon Disney’s takeover. Rebels has been used to help finish some of those storylines, but the EP surely doesn’t want to have to rely on something else (or even someone else) to complete his story.
The answers that are coming may not be what each individual was hoping for, but it is better to get those answers this way than to never get them. Ezra and Kanan have been the leads since episode one, so it would be odd for their stories to not wrap up by the series finale. We know at least Hera and Chopper survive to see Rogue One, but the fates of Zeb, Sabine, Agent Kallus, and more will hopefully be addressed before the conclusion. Fans surely have their own opinions on how things should wrap up, but now it turns to Filoni and company to execute their vision.
Star Wars Rebels season 4 continues next Monday, 10/30 with ‘The Occupation’ and ‘Flight of the Defender’ at 9pm on Disney XD.