‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Panel: What We Learned

Brian Linder
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TV Star Wars

Executive Producer, Dave Filoni, took the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe today to unveil a slew of secrets about Star Wars Rebels Season 3, as well as unveil a brand new trailer with a lots of exciting reveals.

Check out the trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 3 below and keep reading for everything we learned in the panel…

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Grand Admiral Thrawn is back! The beloved Legends character will return to Star Wars canon in Rebels Season 3. He’s seemingly called in by Tarkin and Imperial Governor Pryce to lead a series of attacks intended to squash the rebel threat. Thrawn will be voiced by Lars Mikkelsen, the brother of Rogue One actor Mads Mikkelsen.

Rebels Season 3 - Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels Season 3

A new Thrawn book by Timothy Zahn will be released in April 2017. Importantly, Thrawn’s story will not involve the Ysalamari, in spite of visual homage to the creatures seen in the trailer.

Wedge Antilles is coming to Rebels. The fan-favorite hot-shot pilot is set to make his debut on the series as part of a small group of Tie pilots who defect from the Empire to join the Rebellion.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 - Wedge and Friends
Wedge and friends in Star Wars Rebels Season 3.

When asked about the fate of Ahsoka Tano, Filoni told the crowd, “It’s likely that you might not have seen the last of Ahsoka Tano,” before qualifying the statement saying that it could be in a flashback, or in some other way.

Tom Baker joins the Rebels voice cast as a new alien who Ezra encounters during his struggle to balance the Light and the Dark sides of the Force. In the trailer, Baker’s character can be heard calling himself  “the Bendu… the one in the middle.” In Legends, Bendu is a collection of non-confrontational beliefs practiced by the Bendu monks.

Despite a quick glimpse of a ship in the same class as Dash Rendar’s Outrider, Filoni says there are no plans for the character to appear in Rebels.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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