Last week, Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni shut down hopes that the popular Star Wars animated series would finally feature a few bits of the Battle of Scarif in its final season on Disney XD. According to Filoni, it would be a "little bit repetitious, anticlimactic" to feature a battle that already made an amazing impression in Gareth Edward's spinoff film, Rogue One.
However, that doesn't mean that the series won't get as close to Rogue One as it can. Speaking with IGN, Filoni talks about how the fourth season of Rebels will draw closer to Rogue one, saying that the series' bright color palette will finally tone down to the colors of the Star Wars original trilogy.
"Now that Rogue One is out, it opens up a lot of possibilities for us to tell these stories. We can go to Yavin now. We can start to deal with the way things worked out in the film and include ideas that are happening prior to that. The look of the background rebels really shifts to being more of the kind of drab military colors that you see in Rogue One. The Phoenix group of Rebel soldiers are kind of petering out.
So they're redistributed into Mon Mothma's group on Yavin and Dodonna's group. You see a restructuring of certain cells, and certain cells get destroyed. And that's true of the ships as well. So there's lots of little, neat, detail level things that happen when our characters are heading into season 4 and are absorbed into the kind of pre-Rogue One era, which I thought they did beautifully in the film."
Because we all know that Hera and Chopper do make it to Yavin in Rogue One, one of the bigger questions to ask is whether the rest of the Ghost Crew follow Hera there, or if they're with Dodonna. Will Ezra and the rest of the Ghost team make it out alive?
Star Wars Rebels returns to Disney XD with its fourth season this fall.