On February 19, Star Wars: Rebels will begin the second half of its fourth and final season, which will hopefully answer all (or at least some) of the questions we’ve had about the series since day one. Now, we have a new trailer for those episodes—and with it, predictably, come even more questions. Thankfully, we got Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni on the phone to get to the bottom of them.
First of all, here’s the trailer:
There’s a lot to break down here, so let’s get to it.
Was that the Mortis Gods?
Yes, it was. In the trailer’s most shocking revelation, Ezra at some point comes into contact with an image of the Mortis Gods, characters who appeared in a landmark, three-episode Clone Wars arc in 2011 and revealed there are powerful beings beyond the Jedi and Sith that play a huge role in balancing the force. (The episodes were season three’s “Overlords,” “Altar of Mortis,” and “Ghosts of Mortis” if you want to go back and watch them, which you don’t have to, but totally should.)
Predictably, Filoni wouldn’t say much about the revelation but acknowledged its potential importance. “I find them to be an interesting relic of folklore that could come up in some way,” he said. “So there were avenues that allowed that image to be a possibility. And we’ll have to see what it actually means when you get down to it.”
Was that Emperor Palpatine in the final shot?
“It’s kind of fun to leave it to speculation,” Filoni said. “There are many twists and turns when you’re dealing with a character like Palpatine. He’s so wonderfully written all the time, especially in the films. And it seemed inevitable that if you’re dealing with the Empire, if you’re on this quest to fight evil, that you’re going to have to come across the real devil of our saga, which is Palpatine. So I think, in some ways, it was an inevitable encounter for Ezra. So we’ll see what that yields.”
Also of note, Ian McDiarmid, who played the character in the original and prequel trilogies, is providing the voice.
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