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How the REBELS Finale Sets Up the Future of STAR WARS

Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for the Star Wars Rebels Finale! 

After four seasons, the saga of Star Wars Rebels is over. The surviving rebels made their stand on Lothal, and not everyone made it home. Two major characters caught a ride from the space whales and set a course for parts unknown, but the beautiful thing about this finale is it’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. Today’s Nerdist News is consulting the Holocrons to tell you how Rebels potentially set up the future of Star Wars.

Join host and wild Purrgil rider, Jessica Chobot, as she takes a look back at Rebels‘ closing minutes. The natural assumption is the next Star Wars animated series would follow Sabine Wren and Ahsoka Tano as they search the unexplored regions for Ezra Bridger. However, the key figure may still prove to be Grand Admiral Thrawn. In one move, the Rebels creative team took both Ezra and Thrawn off of the board during the original trilogy’s timeline. Considering the thirty year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, there’s a lot of time to explore what happened to them.

Last month, Disney trademarked the name “Star Wars Resistance,” which has been rumored to be the title of the follow up to Rebels. If the potential show takes place in the gap between trilogies, then Resistance would be the natural place to bring back Thrawn and make him into a threat worthy of his Extended Universe incarnation. Additionally, this wide open time frame would be an ideal opportunity to chart Snoke’s rise to power. Perhaps there could even be an Empire civil war between the forces of Thrawn and Snoke which would inevitably lead to the First Order’s victory.

This is all just a theory, but the Lucasfilm story group has been seeding teasers about the unknown regions of space since the new continuity was established. The Last Jedi novelization even continued the trend by establishing that Snoke shepherded the broken Imperial forces through their years in the galactic wilds. It doesn’t feel like a coincidence that Thrawn and Ezra have disappeared into the same unknown territory, and we could potentially see this story play out on television in the near future.

Do you want to see Thrawn take on Snoke in the next Star Wars animated series? Let us know in the comment section below!

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