The Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels is about to enter its fourth and final season. With the show inching closer to the timeline in which Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the original 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, it seems likely that elements within the new season will reflect that particular era within the continuity.
We have been told that by the end of the season, Hera Syndulla will be a Rebellion general as referenced in dialogue during Rogue One. As far as Rebels connecting closer to what was established in Rogue One, producer Dave Filoni told IGN that fans should expect to see the designs reflect more with what was found in that film:
The look of the background rebels really shifts to being more of the kind of drab military colors that you see in Rogue One. The Phoenix Group of rebel soldiers are kind of petering out. They were more brightly-colored – kind of in blues, and oranges and yellows – and well, they all got wiped out for the most part. So they’re redistributed into Mon Mothma’s group on Yavin and Dodonna’s group. You see a restructuring of certain cells as certain cells get destroyed, and that’s true of the ships as well. So there’s lots of little neat detail-level things that happen when our characters are heading into Season 4, and absorbed into the kind of pre-Rogue One era.
What do you guys think? The designs in Rebels were already inspired by concept art created by Ralph McQuarrie. Seeing what the artists will bring to season 4 was already enticing, but now with the knowledge of the crew altering the designs to reflect more with the aesthetic found in Rogue One is also exciting.
Star Wars Rebels will return with its fourth and final season later this fall. Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15, 2017.