As the premiere of Star Wars Season 3 Rebels nears, some surprising news and update came along the way. Creator Dave Filoni said in advance that he didn?t want to keep the fans? hopes up by not mentioning anything, but he opted out on Darth Vader on Star Wars Rebels Season 3. In his statement, he said ?You know, I’ve kind of gone on this course, which is pretty, pretty direct about certain things ’cause I don’t like to tease people along and then have them be disappointed. So it’s really an elected decision to not have [Darth] Vader around because, as we get closer to A New Hope, I want him to serve as that story.”
In Filoni?s interview featured on Crossmap, he said that one of the reasons why Darth Vader will not be on Star Wars Rebels Season 3 is because of Admiral Thrawn?s presence. He said that, because Thrawn is already included, it?s high time that Star Wars Rebels will have a different villain other than Darth Vader. The Inquisitors and the Jedi hunters may also suffer a ?Phasing out? as they are one of the primary reason why Darth Vader is there. Filoni also added ?I’m not gonna define if they’re done not or yet. But I feel like you have to start to phase those things out. Because you get the feeling when Tarkin’s talking to Vader in A New Hope that Force wielding usage wasn’t something that was very prevalent in A New Hope. He talks about it like something that’s a bygone era. So it was risky to me to have these kind of modern Force wielding guys around as close to the timeline as we were.?
Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano will play the great role in Star Wars rebels Season 3 as the premiered leader in the Rebellion. Relinquishing her Jedi roots, she now fights as a Grey Jedi; one fighting as a true Jedi, trained with the double blade lightsaber. Now that Darth Vader?s appearance in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels Season 3 seems bleak, does this also mean that Ahsoka Tano?s character won?t be coming back or will have lesser exposure in the new season? We?ll find out soon enough when Star Wars Rebels Season 3 premieres on September 24.