Star Wars Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni confirmed that, while there won’t be a fifth season of the animated series, the show’s characters have the potential to appear elsewhere in the Star Wars universe.
Following the success of 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie and its subsequent TV series, Filoni charted a whole different era of the galaxy far, far away with Star Wars Rebels in 2014. The show rounded off in 2018 with a cliffhanger ending, but according to Filoni, there probably won’t be a Season 5.
Discussing whether he’d like to continue the story of Rebels, Filoni told Deadline, “I was really happy with how that series turned out, and I feel like we got to tell a complete story there. It was one of the things that really drove me to thinking, well, it would be great to have a complete feeling like that for Clone Wars, so now to have both is really great.”
However, he didn’t completely rule out seeing Ezra Bridger and co. further down the line. “I think that there’s always the potential for stories that involve the characters from Rebels, which is maybe a better way to put it,” added Filoni. “They’ve all earned their place in the galaxy, so to speak, so I’m sure there’s some more of them to do.”
Similar to how The Clone Wars introduced Ahsoka Tano to Star Wars, Rebels did the same with the lovable Bridger, powerful Kanan Jarrus and Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren. Although Rebels gave some characters a definitive ending, Ahsoka and Sabine were last seen heading off to an unknown part of the galaxy in search of Bridger. Filoni’s latest comments tease that this isn’t the last fans will see of the Rebels series regulars. Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian is planning to introduce Ahsoka into live-action and there are already theories on how Sabine could follow suit.
While none of the Rebels‘ characters appeared directly in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the voices of Ahsoka and Kanan Jarrus spoke to Rey with the rest of the Jedi. The Ghost also appeared in the Resistance’s final battle with the First Order. While it’s unclear who was piloting the iconic Rebels ship in Episode IX, this represents the furthest point in a potential Rebels timeline and proves some of the characters still have a part to play in an ongoing Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars Rebels' Dave Filoni shot down the idea of Season 5 but said the characters have potential to appear elsewhere in the Star Wars universe.