Saying goodbye to Star Wars Rebels and what could be next

Photo Credit: Star Wars Rebels/Disney XD/Lucasfilm, Image Acquired from Lucasfilm
Photo Credit: Star Wars Rebels/Disney XD/Lucasfilm, Image Acquired from Lucasfilm /
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Star Wars Rebels aired its finale this week, so it’s time to say goodbye to the show. Let’s take a look at what could come next.

Star Wars was never something that I grew up with. I watched the original trilogy and the prequels once around the time I was in high school. It wasn’t until much later that I started to dive into the universe a bit more. It started with Star Wars Rebels being announced and finding out that someone I went to high school with (Taylor Gray) would be in the show.

Taylor voiced Ezra Bridger, who was a main focus in the show. He met a group of rebels who ended up becoming his family after he lost his parents. While his character wasn’t the only one who matured during the show, he felt like he had a lot more of it than the rest.

Photo Credit: Star Wars Rebels/Disney XD/Lucasfilm, Image Acquired from Lucasfilm
Photo Credit: Star Wars Rebels/Disney XD/Lucasfilm, Image Acquired from Lucasfilm /

When I started watching Rebels, I was informed that I needed to go back and watch The Clone Wars. Thankfully, it was on Netflix at the time so I blasted my way through it and some things in Rebels started to make more sense.

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Now that the show is over, I can say with confidence that this is what really got me diving into the Star Wars universe. Since the show started, I’ve watched the new movies, read some of the comics, and even started diving into the books. There’s so much that you can consume within the Star Wars universe that it’s hard to always keep up with all of it.

Star Wars Rebels didn’t just focus on the new group of characters, either. The show brought back Rex, Ahsoka, Mon Mothma, Saw Gerrera and other familiar faces from the previous shows and movies. Star Wars fans always have high expectations for anything that Lucasfilm does. Dave Filoni is calculated with the decisions he makes and since this show had a planned ending, unlike The Clone Wars, he was able to wrap it up nicely.

At the end of the series, there’s a bit of a time jump that takes us to the moments after the Battle of Endor. We’re introduced to Jacen Syndulla, Hera and Kanan’s son. Kanan is the only one who we’re certain died. We know that Ezra and Thrawn survived the jump into hyperspace because Filoni confirmed it on the final installment of Rebels Recon.

Filoni brought out all of the stops for the finale. The Purrgils that we see in season two come back at a crucial moment. Hondo, Ketsu Onyo, Rukh, Kallus and others come back for the finale, too. Everyone is taking a chance on Ezra’s plan to save Lothal and the only way they’re able to succeed is by working together. It truly is like a family reunion for a lot of the character we see in the finale.

Like any show, Rebels had its ups and downs, but it was thought out from start to finish. Filoni knew exactly what he was doing and he’s someone who is more than capable of putting together a show and having the fans trust that he knows what he’s doing.

Photo Credit: Star Wars Rebels/Disney XD/Lucasfilm, Image Acquired from Lucasfilm
Photo Credit: Star Wars Rebels/Disney XD/Lucasfilm, Image Acquired from Lucasfilm /

What’s next?

Of course, with the end of a show, there’s always speculation as to what comes next. While Filoni wrapped up the show nicely, he also left enough storylines open so that they can continue down the line.

At the end, we see Ahsoka pick up Sabine so that they can search for Ezra. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a show that revolves around the two of them. Jacen is at least a few years old by the time we see him in the cockpit with Hera and there’s plenty of story that can be told there, too.

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No matter which direction Filoni goes in next, one thing I know for sure is that I’ll be along for the ride. Star Wars Rebels is what really made me into a fan of Star Wars in general. Even if it’s not something I grew up with, it’s still something that I can become completely engrossed in.