Major spoilers ahead for Episodes 10 and 11 of Star Wars Rebels, called "Jedi Night" and "DUME." If you haven't caught the episodes yet and don't want to be spoiled rotten, check out some of our non-spoilery articles.

The midseason premiere episodes of Star Wars Rebels Season 4 were some of the most heartbreaking and game-changing of the entire series to date. The events of "Jedi Night" and "DUME" shaped the entire Star Wars timeline in a way that sets the stage for what's next. Given that Rebels is coming to an end in the not-too-distant future, Star Wars fans probably won't be too surprised to discover the show explaining more and more about the galaxy far, far away in the timeline right before the events of Rogue One. Read on for a breakdown of four big ways Star Wars Rebels just set the stage for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga!

Project Stardust Vs. TIE Defenders

In "Jedi Night," Thrawn had a chat with Tarkin about the future of his TIE Defender project on Lothal. As it turns out, the TIE Defender project is in competition with Project Stardust, a.k.a. the Death Star construction as managed by Director Krennic and sabotaged by Galen Erso. Tarkin isn't a fan of Stardust and thinks that it's been a drain of money, and he believes there's more potential in the Defenders. Still, Thrawn is tasked with going to the Emperor and making a case for the Defenders in person. Rogue One revealed that Stardust will win the day with the Emperor, and Rebels just established that a lot of progress has been made on Stardust. The circumstances aren't clear yet, but Krennic will evidently out-pitch Thrawn to the Emperor.

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