The first three seasons of “Star Wars: Rebels” have done an impressive job of introducing audiences to an entirely new cast of characters and locations set within the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. Ezra, Kanan, Sabine and the other members of the Ghost have grown from being a ragtag group of rebels to a family and have even become an integral part of the Rebel Alliance against the Empire.
Despite all of this solid storytelling though, there still remains a surprisingly large number of unresolved plotlines to be covered and a variety of characters that need to make an appearance on the show before its timeline inevitably reaches “Rogue One” and “A New Hope.” Here’s everything that needs to happen in “Star Wars: Rebels” Season Four.
SPOILER WARNING for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars: Rebels,” “Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir” and “Dark Disciple.”
15. JAR JAR’S FATE
Introduced in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” Jar Jar Binks was set up to become a major player in the Star Wars franchise, yet despite playing an integral role in Senator Palpatine’s rise to power in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” the character was relegated to a background character in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” where his character arc was seemingly abandoned.
In the recent Expanded Universe novel, “Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End,” Jar Jar Binks’ ultimate fate was revealed in the post-Jedi time period, but how he actually got to that point remains up in the air and rather ambiguous. Whatever happened to his romance with Julia that was established in “The Disappeared” in the “Clone Wars'” final season? Did Jar Jar Binks try to join the rebels after Palpatine declared himself the Emperor? Was he still a representative of Naboo after Padme’s death? “Star Wars: Rebels” is in the perfect position to answer all of these questions that are in desperate need of being answered.
14. HAN SOLO TIE-IN
While it’s unknown if the Han Solo film will take place within the exact time period as “Rebels,” what is confirmed is that the character of “Han Solo,” and likely most of his film’s cast of characters, will be alive around the same time “Star Wars: Rebels” Season Four is set. “Star Wars: Rebels” has already been used as a promotional tool for “Rogue One,” with several characters from that film appearing in the animated series and the move to Yavin confirmed for the fourth season.
It would be ridiculously easy for the writers to think of ways for the Han Solo film’s characters to cameo in much the same way Princess Leia, Lando and Saw Gerrera have done already in previous seasons, and it would be extremely odd if Disney didn’t take advantage of this. The Han Solo film is set to premiere in May 2018, just two months after the expected season finale of “Rebels'” fourth season, if it concludes sometime in March like the previous three seasons have done. The timing is perfect.
13. VENTRESS AND QUINLAN VOS
Ventress had one of the more interesting character arcs in “Star Wars: Clone Wars” as viewers witnessed her evolution from Sith apprentice to bounty hunter over the course of the show’s first five seasons. With the show’s cancellation, though, the character’s ultimate fate was forced to be told in the 2015 novel, “Dark Disciple,” which was based on unused scripts for planned future episodes of “Clone Wars,” instead of being given the visual presentation that fans wanted. Ventress deserved better.
“Star Wars: Rebels” could easily tell the tale of Ventress’ fate, at least partially, in a series of flashback episodes. One of the more natural ways to do this would be to bring back her lover and former Jedi, Quinlan Vos, who could very well still be alive during the “Star Wars: Rebels” time period. Vos is a loose thread from the prequel era that is in desperate need of a resolution and introducing him to “Rebels” could also fill the void left by Ahsoka’s departure in Season Two. Speaking of Ahsoka…
12. AHSOKA’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
There’s no denying that Ahsoka has become one of the most popular characters within “Star Wars” canon over the past decade. Introduced in “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” the apprentice to Anakin Skywalker quickly matured into a nuanced and complex creation in her own right, and was so popular that even after her own series “Clone Wars” was cancelled, she still found her way into the first two seasons of “Rebels” in an important supporting role. The “Star Wars: Rebels” Season Two finale gave a little bit of closure to Ahsoka’s storyline, but its resolution was so (intentionally) ambiguous that it still left viewers asking for more.
While it’s possible that Ahsoka died during her fight with Darth Vader, what isn’t known is whether Vader managed to take her out or if his old Padawan managed to become one with The Force in a similar fashion to what Obi Wan did in “A New Hope.” There are also questions about her fate after she died. Can she appear as a Force ghost or has she now, as many people suspect, taken the form of the owl-like creature called a convor? Fans need to know.
11. DARTH VADER’S CASTLE
Appearing in “Star Wars” canon for the first time in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Darth Vader’s castle on Mustafar made a lasting impression on audiences, despite it only briefly appearing on screen for a few minutes. Almost nothing is known about this dark palace besides the fact that Vader seemingly lives there and there is huge potential for future stories in “Star Wars: Rebels” that could feature it.
One possible storyline could be a recon mission which sees Ezra, Kanan, and other rebels infiltrate the structure while Vader is away in search of important intel to use in their fight against the Empire. Another exciting story could be an actual Darth Vader assassination attempt carried out by rebels or maybe even a rescue mission for someone who is being held there. “Rebels” could also use the location to hint at “The Last Jedi” plot points, such as Snoke’s origin or the formation of the Knights of Ren. There’s loads of potential here.
10. JYN ERSO’S CHILDHOOD
Jyn Erso may have died at the end of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” but with “Star Wars: Rebels” being set a few years before that film took place, there is a lot of potential for revealing a bit more about her past before the TV series’ timeline reaches that of the film’s. “Star Wars: Rebels” Season Three already showed viewers a younger Saw Gerrera and there really is no reason Season Four and beyond couldn’t introduce a younger Jyn.
It would be completely natural for “Rebels” characters to encounter Jyn while on a mission, given the galaxy-spanning scope of the franchise. The series could provide more context for her rebellious behaviour and state of mind during her time after leaving Saw. She wouldn’t be able to meet Ezra or Kanan due to her lack of belief in The Force shown in “Rogue One,” but there’s no reason why she couldn’t meet other crew members of the Ghost or even Ezra and Kanan hiding their Jedi identities from her.
9. EZRA’S FALL TO THE DARK SIDE
Ezra’s fall to the Dark Side of The Force has been teased since the first season of “Star Wars: Rebels” and it’s only been hinted at more and more as the series has progressed. It would be incredibly anticlimactic for “Rebels” to simply abandon this recurring storyline at this point in the series and it’s something that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
A clever way to do this would be to explore the toll of war on the teenager. He’s been an orphan for a while but hasn’t really lost anyone close to him since the series started. How would he react if one of the other “Rebels” characters, like Kanan, was killed? That could definitely push him over the edge. Another possibility would be to introduce another Dark Side Force user to take the place of Maul, who was killed in Season Three. This could be Palpatine, Vader or maybe even Snoke, which could provide a nice tie-in with “The Last Jedi,” which will premiere half way through the season’s run. Another option is Mother Talzin, who is long overdue for some onscreen closure.
8. RETURN OF MOTHER TALZIN
Introduced in “Clone Wars,” Mother Talzin’s ultimate fate was told in expanded universe media after the animated series was cancelled. She played a prominent role in the comic book miniseries, “Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir”, where she was revealed to be the biological mother of Darth Maul before regaining her physical form and being killed by General Grievous. Like Ventress, the character’s storyline remains unresolved for casual viewers who don’t consume the additional “Star Wars” novels and comic books; an onscreen explanation of what happened to Mother Talzin is needed for “Clone Wars” viewers.
“Rebels” wouldn’t have to simply retell the entire “Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir” series, though. Instead, the show could simply bring Talzin back as a Force ghost for a new original story and she could mention in passing how she died. Nightsister spirits have already been established as something that exists in Season Three and using Mother Talzin in Season Four of “Rebels” could explore more the nature of Force ghosts and spirits, and provide another Dark Side influence to corrupt Ezra.
7. MORE LANDO
Lando Calrissian may not have shown up in “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” but the popular original trilogy character has already been put to good use in several episodes of “Star Wars: Rebels” and would be a natural fit for more storylines in Season Four and beyond. Further appearances by Lando could explore his relationship with Ezra and the others, as well as possibly explain how he came to be in charge of Cloud City on Bespin before the events of “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”
Another logical reason to feature Lando in “Rebels'” fourth season is to connect the series’ events with the untitled Han Solo film which will feature a younger Lando played by Donald Glover. It’s incredibly likely that this new anthology film will introduce some new background information on the character and “Rebels” would be the perfect place to expand on any new information on him, and bring it into the light.
6. BLACK SUN
The Black Sun is a criminal syndicate that was created for the “Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire” novel and video game project way back in 1996. While those events are no longer considered canon, the group was reintroduced to “Star Wars” continuity in the fifth season of “Clone Wars” where they were briefly shown forming an alliance with Darth Maul. They have also been used in the “Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir” graphic novel and the “Dark Disciple” and “Ahsoka” novels.
The group and the species of aliens that makes them up, the Falleen, are long overdue for screen time in “Star Wars: Rebels” and it’s honestly surprising that they haven’t had a major presence yet, given that they’re one of the largest active criminal organizations during the show’s time period and also have a powerful alliance with the Empire. Using the Black Sun in Season Four of “Rebels” would require very little effort from the show’s creative team and would also provide a nice change of pace from the battles against Stormtroopers and Star Destroyers, which have begun to feel a bit repetitive.
5. SENATE POLITICS
Something quite significant that “Star Wars: Rebels” has yet to touch upon is the state of politics in the post-“Revenge of the Sith” timeline. Viewers have been given second-hand accounts of what’s happening in the senate on Coruscant via Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, but so far the series has yet to actually show how politics have changed now that Palpatine is the Emperor or even if the senate is still based within the same building after the Yoda/Palpatine fight in “Episode III.”
A return to Coruscant in the fourth season of “Rebels” would not only fill in gaps and provide more context for Mon Mothma and Bail Organa’s actions, it could also visualize just how dire the political situation is in the capital and show what exactly is motivating more and more planets to rebel against the new Empire. This shift in focus could also show how Palpatine himself is managing his new responsibilities. There’s a lot of untapped potential in this corner of the “Star Wars” universe.
4. SNOKE’S ORIGIN
“Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” will premiere while “Star Wars: Rebels” Season Four is still airing on TV. Despite each of these “Star Wars” tales taking place in separate time periods, there’s still a lot of potential for some subtle and also major crossovers between the two. “Rebels” could provide more background on the Knights of Ren or The Force, which could give greater context to story elements in “The Last Jedi” but the plot point which has the greatest potential is Snoke.
Snoke is a mystery to viewers at this point in time, but his origin will be told soon, likely in “The Last Jedi.” Once this cat is out of the bag, “Rebels” (as well as other “Star Wars” media) will be able to explore the character further and given that Snoke has already been established as having lived through the prequel and original “Star Wars” movie time periods, there really is no reason why he couldn’t pop up in “Rebels.”
3. MARA JADE
“Star Wars: Rebels” has already drawn from the old Expanded Universe by reintroducing Grand Admiral Thrawn into “Star Wars” canon and there’s very few reasons why the show can’t do so again with other fan-favorite characters who technically no longer exist in continuity. One of the more obvious choices for such a treatment would be Mara Jade, a Force-sensitive woman who was raised by the Emperor and was eventually redeemed by Luke Skywalker, who she later married.
While the Luke Skywalker connection would likely have to be changed to avoid any conflicts with the new sequel trilogy of films, the character could very easily be retooled for the “Rebels” time period as a servant of the Emperor, possibly an Inquisitor, and could have a similar redemption arc involving Kanan and Ezra. With Ahsoka seemingly out of the way for the foreseeable future, “Rebels” is in need of strong female character who’s in tune with The Force. Mara would fill that slot nicely.
2. AURRA SING
Aurra Sing was a bounty hunter introduced as a background character in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” However, despite her brief appearance, she was given a fair amount of attention after the film’s debut and appeared in several comic books and video games. This female bounty hunter was used repeatedly in “Clone Wars,” where she developed a sort of rivalry with Ahsoka Tano, but the character was abandoned due to concerns that her visual similarities to Ventress were too confusing for younger viewers.
With Ventress out of the way and bounty hunters being in high demand due to the rise of the Empire, “Star Wars: Rebels” Season Four would be the perfect time to reintroduce Aurra Sing to audiences and to give the character both closure and exposure. She’s technically still alive in “Star Wars” continuity and would be very easy to write into an episode. Due to her motherly relationship with Boba Fett, she could also be an organic way to bring that bounty hunter over to “Rebels” as well.
1. BOBA FETT
Boba Fett is one of those “Star Wars” characters who is so popular that it would be criminal not to use him in Season Four of “Star Wars: Rebels.” Season Two focused on Ahsoka, Season Three was all about Grand Admiral Thrawn, and making Season Four all about Boba Fett and the other bounty hunters would make “Rebels'” next chapter a must-see.
The character has already been used to great effect in animated form in “Clone Wars” and he is alive somewhere in this galaxy far, far away during the time period shown in “Rebels.” Bringing Boba Fett into the picture is a no-brainer and would serve to connect the prequels to the original films even more, could explore the character’s transition into his Mandalorian armoured form that fans know so well and could also set the stage for an epic fight scene between himself and Sabine. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
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