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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A clue to Luke Skywalker’s status in The Last Jedi
  • More stunning Star Wars art
  • Han Solo set photos
  • A Star Wars Rebels behind-the-scenes tease
  • And much more!

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kylo ren and rey connection

Kyber crystals. Before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, they were probably not in your lexicon (and might not even be after it). Sure, if you watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, you might be a bit more familiar. The Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst, the young adult novel Ahsoka, and the just-launched Darth Vader series set directly after the ending of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith continue the expansion of knowledge. So why are Kyber crystals suddenly so front-and-center in Star Wars, and what does it mean for Rey (and her lineage) and Kylo Ren going forward, especially Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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Star Wars Rebels

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars Rebels season 3 home release news
  • All-Ages Adventures comics creative teams revealed
  • More Battlefront 2 action
  • New The Last Jedi rumors
  • And more!

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Ahsoka Tano

Back in April, Star Wars Celebration had all the saga fans in a frenzy as the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived. But outside of that big spectacle, there was also some other big news at the convention: the animated series Star Wars Rebels would be coming to an end after the fourth season concludes.

Dave Filoni confirmed the end of Star Wars Rebels during the panel at Celebration, and along with that news, he also fed the flames of theories about the fate of Ahsoka Tano, who may or may not be dead. While appearing on the panel, he wore a t-shirt that said “Ahsoka Lives?” before they screened the season premiere for fans, and then afterwards came out with a modified version of the shirt that said “Ahsoka Lives!” but refused to acknowledge its significance when asked about it by a fan.

After watching the Star Wars Rebels season four trailer (which you can check out here), our own Peter Sciretta had a theory about what happened to Ahsoka Tano and thought we might have glimpsed her in a new form in that tease for the new season. Unfortunately, Dave Filoni himself has just debunked that theory. Read More »

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“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

Those seven words, some of the first we’ve heard from the mouth of Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy era, set the internet ablaze last month when the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Whether you’re a die-hard fan who takes in every bit of Star Wars you can find or a casual fan of the movies, those words had a heavy sensation to them: what in the galaxy could Luke mean?

Of course, with that question comes worry and speculation. If the Jedi end, what does that mean for the galaxy? What does it mean for the Force? What does it mean for our heroes like Rey, who ostensibly wants to train as a Jedi? We’ve been taught by decades of Star Wars storytelling that without the Jedi there can be no balance to the Force. It’s literally in the opening dialogue of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, courtesy of Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka.

But let’s face it: The Last Jedi, or even the “end” of the Jedi, won’t be the end of Star Wars. With games, TV series, movies, books, and comics all in development for after the film’s release, it’s obviously not the end of the franchise, or even of the story of the Skywalker family and the Jedi as a whole. So what does it mean? Well, some of those other canon projects may be gearing us up for a new understanding of the Force, and a new type of Force user altogether.

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star wars rebels season 4

In today’s edition of Star Wars Rebels Bits, voice actor Ashley Eckstein teases Ahsoka Tano’s possible return to Star Wars Rebels and talks about her hopes for the future of the characters, Rosario Dawson continues to campaign to play Ahsoka in a live-action movie, the final season of the DisneyXD animated series will have a reduced episode count but a more serialized story, how the final season may tie into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, showrunner Dave Filoni talks about his aspirations to direct a live-action Star Wars standalone movie, and promises that the final season will have a more serialized continuous story arc than anything he’s done so far. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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Ahsoka Tano

The fate of fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano has been kept a mystery since that climactic confrontation in the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels. A whole season has gone by, and it seems like we are no closer to getting any answers. But did the Star Wars Rebels season 4 trailer secretly reveal the fate of the former Jedi? Let’s dive into a new theory that involves some exclusive comments from executive producer Dave Filoni.

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star wars celebration news

Star Wars Celebration has come to an end. The floodgates have closed and, once again, Star Wars news has been reduced to a steady trickle instead of a tidal wave that threatens to engulf us all. But as expected, this year’s convention was eventful, to say the very least. The past four days have brought us news about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels, Disney’s upcoming Star Wars theme park lands, and every other corner of the universe.

And just in case you missed anything, we’ve gone ahead and compiled everything you need to know in one helpful place.

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Star Wars Rebels Rogue One

At Star Wars Celebration 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down once again with Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni and discuss the upcoming fourth and final season of the series. That full interview will be coming later, but I wanted to share one tidbit from the discussion. Since seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans have been speculating that the series would end with the epic Battle of Scarif from the perspective of the Ghost crew. But I have been told not to expect that to happen from the creator himself. Also, will we see Jedha in the final season? Here’s everything he said about a possible Star Wars Rebels Rogue One crossover.

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It’s an unfortunate given when you do a prequel series that you have to explain where your never-before-seen characters are during the action of the main franchise. This is something the Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars creators have struggled with — and the show’s fans have worried over — as the Disney XD animated series prepares to draw to a close with its upcoming fourth season.

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