The program, which airs on Disney XD, will return Feb. 19 with back-to-back episodes leading up to its conclusion. The cable network also confirmed that will Ian McDiarmid — who has played Emperor Palpatine within the “Star Wars” movies — will provide the character’s voice during This specific final flurry of episodes. (Another actor had previously voiced the character, who has been heard however not seen within the series.)
The Emperor is actually shown fleetingly within the trailer, which was released Friday.
Despite airing on a children’s network, “Rebels,” today in its fourth season, has been an intriguing offshoot of the “Star Wars” mythology, focusing on a tiny band battling against the Empire several years before the events depicted within the original movie, subtitled “A fresh desire.” The question of what happened to those characters — which include a Jedi named Kanan in addition to his apprentice, Ezra — has hung over the series in terms of how dark the ending might be.
Lucasfilm parent Disney has ramped up its production of live-action “Star Wars” prequels, however Filoni said that will there’s still a wide array of possibilities for animated storytelling as well.