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When most fans think of Star Wars and animation, they likely think of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the critically acclaimed series that premiered back in 2008. The show was abruptly canceled in 2013, but it returned and finished out its story with one final season. But there’s another animated series in the franchise fans are also hoping to see make a comeback – Star Wars Rebels. Many have wondered if the crew of the Ghost will ever return to the small screen and, now, co-creator Dave Filoni has an answer.
Dave Filoni has confirmed that he currently has no plans to revive Star Wars Rebels. He believes he was able to tell a complete story with that series, though he doesn’t rule out the possibility of using some of those characters again at some point:
No. Not really. I was really happy with how that series turned out, and I feel like we got to tell a complete story there. It was one of the things that really drove me to thinking, well, it would be great to have a complete feeling like that for Clone Wars, so now to have both is really great. I think that there’s always potential for stories that involve the characters from Rebels, which is maybe a better way to put it. They’ve all earned their place in the galaxy, so to speak, so I’m sure there’s some more of them to do.
Some may be disappointed to know that Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla and their allies won’t be getting a fifth season, but Dave Filoni’s thoughts on using them again are encouraging. During his interview with Deadline, the producer explained that he likes the idea of leaving some plot points open to be resolved at another time. When saying this, he was specifically referring to the story of Sabine Wren and the Darksaber.
Star Wars Rebels originally premiered in 2014 and ran for four seasons before finishing its run in 2018. The show picks up fourteen years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and focuses on a group of rebels who conduct covert missions in the fight against the Galactic Empire.
While the series mainly focused on new characters, it also brought in characters from The Clone Wars like Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex and Saw Gerrera. Familiar faces from the Original Trilogy, such as Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian, also crossed paths with the crew.
Rebels ended on a (mostly) finite note but, as Dave Filoni mentioned, there are still things that can be done with the characters. And if reports are to be believed, one character’s story may continue into the live-action series The Mandalorian. Time will tell if we actually see any of them again, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Filoni has a few surprises up his sleeve.
Star Wars Rebels is now available to stream on Disney+.