After Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels is ending with its fourth season, so here’s what Lucasfilm Animation could produce next
Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni confirmed at Celebration Orlando that the fourth season of the show would be the show’s last, bringing the story of the Ghost crew and the formation of the Rebellion to a natural conclusion instead of drawing it out. He also all but guaranteed there is more to come from Lucasfilm about the Star Wars galaxy, so here’s what could be the subject of their next animated series:
The Old Republic
Lucasfilm could jump back centuries before the prequel trilogy to explore the ancient conflicts the Jedi had with the Sith, the Mandalorians and the Zygerrian Slave Empire. It would free them from having to worry about the constraints the plotting in the films would place on them — such as how Yoda’s line in Return of the Jedi calling Luke the last of the Jedi hung like an albatross over the fate of Ezra and Kanan. The show’s writers would be free to invent characters’ destinies whole cloth, and its artists would likely have much fun imagining an older galaxy (compare and contrast their take on Darth Bane with the version from the book illustrations).
The Adventures of Luke, Han and Leia
Granted, Marvel Comics was apparently tasked with the three-year gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but their comic begun in 2015 wasn’t the first property to explore that era of Star Wars and it won’t be the last. There are many writers who since childhood have imagined Luke, Han and Leia’s time together before the events of ESB tore them apart, and are hungering to have those told in animation.
The New Jedi Order
More likely, Lucasfilm will want to get underway exploring the thirty years between ROTJ and The Force Awakens. We all know that Luke’s Jedi were destroyed by the Knights of Ren, but The Clone Wars demonstrated how Lucasfilm can still wring compelling stories with characters whom we know will all likely die by the protagonist (Ben Solo)’s hand. What’s great about such a project is that prolific voice actor Mark Hamill could reprise the role of Master Skywalker on a weekly basis. In case he survives Rebels, Ezra Bridger could be revealed to have been an instructor at Luke’s temple.
Boba Fett, bounty hunter
Instead of an ensemble, Lucasfilm could switch gears to produce a series revolving around a single character, namely the enigmatic Boba Fett. Lucasfilm demonstrated with Darth Maul that they can resurrect a character who was only superficially interesting on film, and imbue them with gravitas and sympathy.
If a rumoured solo film doesn’t confirm the character’s survival after falling into the Sarlacc pit, an animated series could pick up from that point and explore Fett in a changing galaxy, as the Empire falls and the Hutt Clan lose power in the wake of Jabba’s demise. Star Wars has always been a space western, and it would provide their opportunity to tell their version of the Railroad taming the Wild West.
The Ewoks had an animated series back in the 1980s, and everyone knows Ewoks are an inferior imitation of Wookiees. Rebels did not delve into the Empire’s enslavement of the Wookiees after the first episode, and a weekly show about a family fighting for freedom would be dramatic and exciting (imagine Underground for kids). Given the emnity between their species, there could be Trandoshan overseers tasked with hunting down escaped slaves, and it would be interesting to see a group of Wookiees speaking English too (or Galactic Basic as it’s known in Star Wars mythology).
More Clone Wars
This show was cancelled before it actually finished, remember? Many of the unfinished episodes have transformed into books like Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, Dark Disciple and Ahsoka, or had their animatics and voiceover uploaded on the official website. Who’s to say that a finished animation project cannot be part of The Clone Wars Legacy franchise? There still remains untold stories, snippets of which were shown by Filoni at Celebration 2017.
Whatever Lucasfilm have planned, we’re excited to see it, and even hopeful a few characters from Rebels will turn up. After all, Hera was referenced in Rogue One and the Ghost and Chopper even made blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearances.