By: Dominic Jones
After last night's Season Two finale of Star Wars Rebels, "Twilight of the Apprentice", insight about what happened and what's to come continues to flood in from the cast and crew of the series. Executive Producer Dave Filoni recently chatted with io9 about how the season wrapped up and what we can expect from Season Three.
On what happened to Ahsoka, Filoni said,
"I’ve already been devising certain specifics around the future of that character, where she is, what’s happening, if she dies, how would she survive if she did? All of those questions. I think they eventually need to be answered—but I wouldn’t look to that, frankly, anytime soon."
Filoni also touched on the green crossguard lightsaber that Ezra picked up, saying,
"Kylo Ren was really fascinating to me because he seemed to be a student of history, especially Sith history and Jedi history. So I asked if I could put a cross guard saber among the artifacts among the ruins of this temple. I just wanted to put it in for one shot as a nod to [The Force Awakens team]. That thousands of years ago, there were some other Jedi who had it. So it absolutely was a Jedi’s."
On the future of Maul on the series, Filoni said,
"We tend to lean more towards Maul being the foil on the Darker side of the Force for our heroes in the next season. You will see more of Maul, which I think is a great thing for the show."
Filoni also addresses the potential for seeing more Inquisitors on the series after three were killed off in the finale. He told io9,
"Will there be another Inquisitor? We’ll have to wait and see. But we are getting ever closer to the time period of A New Hope, and I’ve trying to live a little bit more by the rules you see in that film. And there isn’t a mention of Inquisitors in that film. It might be something you see less and less of."
On how aware the show is of what's going on with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which hits theatres this December and takes place right before A New Hope), Filoni said,
"One of the most important things that has less to do with the timeline of the story itself, is I want the awesome things in [director] Gareth [Edwards]’s movie to be special when it comes out. I would never want our series to get ahead of that. Whatever you see in that film, with our time periods being closer, we want to make sure there are things that make sense between the two and we’re very careful about that as we’ve been with A New Hope. Things we are doing are leading towards that."
And finally, on what to expect in Season Three of Star Wars Rebels, Filoni said,
"Season 3 introduces some titanic differences from the other seasons we had. You’re going to start to see the struggle of this Rebellion take even stronger shape. We’ve kind of been scaling that up every season underneath the character development, but it’s clear by A New Hope that the Rebellion has gotten pretty organized and a lot larger than the Empire thinks it is. So one of the ideas running about is there’s a group within the Empire, and you kind of see this portrayed in A New Hope in the Imperial Fleet, when they say ‘These Rebels are a threat,’ and then he says ‘To your star fleet, but not this battle station.’ So there’s a division within the Empire [about] how dangerous the Rebels are. And we need to kind of get us up to earning that. So you’re going to see a little bit more of an increase to what the Rebellion is.
We are [also] going to delve a bit more into things with the Mandalorians and Sabine’s story,” Filoni said. “Sabine’s story will grow greatly in importance in the third season, and she kind of comes up to stand next to Ezra as far as being an important player on the show. And she isn’t as much a supporting character, which I think is a great transition for her as a character."
Check out the entire interview over at io9 for more insight on the finale and teases for next season!