Less than two years after its premiere, Star Wars Rebels has become an immensely celebrated animated series and its characters have become as beloved as anyone seen in a live-action film. The series has featured incredible action, complex character evolution, and compelling storylines of what the galaxy was like before the events of Star Wars. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and show creator Dave Filoni revealed at Star Wars Celebration that the upcoming season, slated to air this fall, will be the show's last.
It was during the panel that was revealing details about the upcoming fourth season that Filoni himself announced the news.
The director revealed, "Star Wars Rebels will be the complete journey that it was meant to be from the very beginning. We all felt that the time was right, and that the characters were at a point where their story, and their destinies, should finally be revealed."
He added, "We deeply appreciate all our fans who have journeyed with the Ghost crew, and I promise Season Four will be like no other."
Although the series only lasted four seasons, the storytelling on display was remarkable.
Filoni had previously worked on The Clone Wars animated movies and series, which was also beloved by many, introducing characters like Ahsoka and Saw Gerrera while furthering the adventures of Obi-Wan and Anakin.
Long before Rogue One has been released in theaters, Rebels proved that storytellers could take familiar environments and place new, original characters in those worlds to tell amazing stories.
This animated entry in the "Star Wars" franchise fills the gap between the events of "Episode III" and "Episode IV." Imperial forces occupy a remote planet and are ruling -- and ruining -- its inhabitants' lives with an iron fist. A clever, disparate crew aboard the starship Ghost takes a stand against the Empire, facing new villains and colorful adversaries. The rebels on the Ghost include leader Kanan, ace pilot Hera, feisty heroine Sabine, tough guy Zeb and 14-year-old con artist Ezra.
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD, and follows the adventures of Hera (Vanessa Marshall), Sabine (Tiya Sircar), Zeb (Steve Blum), and the Jedi Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray), a small crew that's finding their way in the nascent Rebel Alliance a few years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Executive produced by Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni, the in-canon series helps to connect the worlds of the films and the previous animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with guest appearances so far by characters like Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Leia Organa, Wedge Antilles, and more.