Grand Admiral Thrawn has been playing the long game in Rebels, much to the frustration of several fans, but it looks like his slow-and-steady approach to destroying Phoenix Squadron is finally going to pay off in a big way with the biggest season finale to a Star Wars animated series yet. A preview shows the return of several familiar faces at what looks to be far and away the biggest action sequence ever shown on Rebels.
I could get into what we now know about the hour-long finale, but I think that ought to wait until after you see the clip.
— Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes) March 12, 2017
Although the first few seconds of the ad are cut off, we learn quite a bit from the footage shown here. Sabine, Tristan, Fenn, and the other Mandalorians will be participating in the battle, as will Rex and Jan Dodonna. Odds are that Ursa, Wedge, and Kallus will be involved with the battle as well – and it’s likely that the Bendu will factor into this episode somehow, given that the episode appears to be Attolon’s swan song. The episode appears to involve a war on two fronts – on land and above the planet. This is far and away the most ambitious episode that Rebels has attempted yet, and hopefully it should more than make up for a few of the more underwhelming episodes of the season. Best of all is that we’re bound to see Thrawn at his absolute best with such an extensive battle sequence, as this episode should be able to do justice to the Grand Admiral in a way beyond all of his quiet, contemplative moments. It’ll be hard to decide what’s more exciting – next week’s long awaited confrontation between Maul and Ben Kenobi, or the big finale on the weekend after that.