If the wait for Rogue One and Star Wars 8 has sent your hype into galactic overdrive, Disney XD may well have the solution. Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels premieres next weekend, and the latest trailer hints that the animated series, which wasn't always universally loved, has well and truly found its footing. This is a Star Wars story, and the trailer is serving every last inch of the intrigue, political scheming and team-based bravado typically associated with the galaxy far, far away.
Potential spoilers for Season 3 beneath the trailer, but first, a quick intro for those who haven't yet taken the leap into the world of Rebels: 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the Galactic Empire has risen. While the Empire hunts the last remaining Jedi, a group of rebels on board the Ghost, including wayward teenager Ezra Bridger and pilot Hera Syndulla, fight to protect the Galaxy. If you need a recognizable name as an in, Darth Maul is one of the series' main villains.
Check out the new trailer for Season 3 below.
Although the breakneck editing makes it hard to draw too much from that trailer, one notable development is that the speech delivered by Grand Admiral Thrawn ("I will pull the rebels apart, piece by piece...") is clearly addressed to Hera — seemingly on board his ship, if the decor is any indicator.
How did Hera get herself captured? Was she outsmarted, or is there a traitor among the Rebels? It's no secret that Ezra is gradually being seduced by the lure of the Dark Side, but would he seriously shop his friend to the enemy? Then again, Hera being captured could be part of a grander scheme on the Rebels' behalf. Are they about to turn the tables on Thrawn?
You'll find out soon enough. Check out the extended Season 3 trailer above. Star Wars Rebels returns Saturday September 24 on Disney XD. Rogue One hits theaters this December 16, while Star Wars 8 arrives December 15, 2017.
Is there more to Grand Admiral Thrawn's capture of Hera than meets the eye?