With the massive excitement surrounding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and its recently released teaser trailer, some have begun to wonder how much of a story might be left in the hugely successful Disney XD series, Star Wars: Rebels.
Taking place only 5 years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the events, characters, and setups in Rebels will obviously affect the Star Wars canon in a big way. With as much money as Disney spent on acquiring the Star Wars franchise, there is no way that they, as some fans have proposed online, created Rebels as just another kid's series with no big-picture thinking involved.
After meeting such iconic characters as Ashoka Tano, Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, and now even Darth Maul, it would be hard to imagine that the rebel crew of the Ghost will just fade into oblivion, never to be heard from in other forms of Star Wars media like the upcoming Rogue One, Episode VIII, or Episode IX.
But how much Star Wars: Rebel's story is there left to tell?
With the events of the season 2 finale, Twilight of the Apprentice, fans of the animated series have a few questions:
- What happened to Ashoka Tano?
- What happened to Darth Maul?
- Is Kanan permanently blind?
- Has Ezra started down the path to the dark side?
All of these could pretty easily be answered in the opening episodes of a 3rd season but as we creep closer and closer to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will the creators of Rebels choose to wrap up the series? In a weird coincidence (maybe?) the original screenwriter for Rogue One, Gary Whitta, has been brought onto the story-writing team over at Disney XD in order to help craft the direction of Season 3.
Could this mean Disney is wanting to tie up Rebels so that they can move on from the pre-A New Hope era?
I personally think that they do and that Benicio Del Toro will be playing an older and darker Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Episode VIII, but until Disney makes further announcements, we can only guess!