‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 4 Celebration Panel Breakdown

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni and select members of the voice cast are on hand for the Rebels Season 4 Panel today at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Joining Filoni on the panel were the show’s principal cast, including Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar and Steven Blum. The panel was streaming live on the Star Wars YouTube Channel. Be sure to check back later for the archived panel.

Our own Nathaniel Brail was on hand in the room for the Rebels Season 4 panel, so we’ll share his tweets from the event:

The panel began with a Season 3 retrospective [Spoilers…]. Filoni started by talking about the Season 3 standout episode “Twin Suns,” which featured the highly-anticipated rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Maul, voiced by Stephen Stanton and Sam Witwer, respectively. He spoke about how important this showdown between the two was (read his comments on that herehere). Taylor also says he knew how important this episode was for Ezra. Filoni also spoke about the final shot of the episode, which featured Obi-Wan watching over a young Luke Skywalker from afar, and using an old line from Aunt Beru calling Luke inside.

Filoni also spoke about the final shot of the episode, which featured Obi-Wan watching over a young Luke Skywalker from afar, and using an old line from Aunt Beru calling Luke inside.

Filoni then revealed that Thrawn was in discussion from the very beginning of Rebels. They discussed keeping the character true to the original Legends novels that he first appeared in, starting with Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. He also commented on the perfect story/character opportunities considering Sabine is an artist and Thrawn studies art.

In addition, Freddie spoke about the Bendu (voiced by Tom Baker), saying he’s his favorite character in the whole series. Tiya then spoke about Sabine, how getting a jetpack was her biggest goal but she never imagined that she would get the darksaber.

Filoni joked about working with the now movie star diva Chopper after his Rogue One cameo.

The panel then moved on to talk a bit about Season 4. Vanessa Marshall touched on where her character Hera is at this season. She focuses on the losses that occurred for the Rebel Alliance in Season 3. She stated her character’s attitude now, “It’s now time to really get it done.”

Steve Blum spoke a bit about Zeb, talking up his unique relationship with former Imperial Agent Kallus (voiced by David Olelowo), who was working secretly as the new Fulcrum throughout Season 3 before defecting to the Rebels in the season finale. They joked about Zeb and Kallus running off somewhere together.

Tiya spoke about her character’s growth over the last season, and how she has accepted responsibility and returned to her Mandolorian family. She also shared a great tease for Mando fans: “You will be happy w/ some specific episodes this season.” “There might be some people you know. There might be some new people you’ve never seen before. They might all be Mandalorian.”

Freddie spoke about how “Trials of the Darksaber,” the episode where he trains Sabine in the art of lightsaber battle, defined who he was and who he needs to be. He said that Kanan was the cool uncle. He spoke about how impressed he was by the episode and all involved, especially Sircar and the music of the episode. Freddie also stated that the Pre Vizla versus Darth Maul fight from The Clone Wars was his favorite animated SW fight.

Finally, he shared that the stuff Kanan goes through this season will be very adult.

Next, Filoni teased some Season 4 guest roles. He revealed that Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) would be returning, as well as Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. The latter will be joined by his co-pilot Two-Tubes, who we first saw in Rogue One.

Then came a big surprise…

At this point, Warwick Davis joined the panel! It was then revealed that, after pressuring Filoni at last year’s Celebration in London, Davis will be joining the voice cast for Rebels season 4 as Rukh, Thrawn’s assassin/personal bodyguard, a character taht was first introduced in Timohty Zahn’s 1991 Legends novel Heir to the Empire.

Next came a bit of news that some of us will be saddened by…

That’s right, Season 4 will be the final season of Star Wars Rebels. Filoni did offer a bit of uplifting information, though, stating “Ending the show is by no means the ending of what we’re doing in animation.”

Finally, the panel ended with a screening of the first Season 4 trailer (which you can check out here) and it was immediately played once again. Fans in attendance also got the chance to check out a screening of the Season 4 Premiere, which the rest of us won’t get to see until Season 4 kicks off this fall on Disney XD. Be sure to check back soon for our description of the premiere episode.

Expect to hear more Star Wars Rebels news as the weekend continues. And be sure to check back right here on Heroic Hollywood for all of our Star Wars and Star Wars Rebels coverage from this year’s Star Wars Celebration.

Star Wars Rebels will return for its fourth season this fall on Disney XD.

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).