The final season of Star Wars Rebels is almost upon us, and as expected, many fans have been eager to learn more about the airing schedule.
For the third season, the episodes used to air on Saturdays at 8:30PM ET/PT. The episodes would also be available on the WATCH Disney XD app and site as well as through cable and satellite providers earlier that day. As we prepare for the next season, some things will be different.
What do you need to know moving forward?
The fourth and final season will kick off on Monday, October 16, on Disney XD and the Disney XD app. Here is a brief summary of the season from a press release that was published earlier in September:
In this final season, the Ghost crew joins the growing Rebel Alliance, struggling to unite against the Galactic Empire. However, when a new Imperial threat arises on Lothal, Ezra leads the crew back to his home world to defeat the oppressive forces of the Empire under the command of cunning Grand Admiral Thrawn. Old friends are reunited and new alliances are forged as the series builds to its epic conclusion.
New episodes will have multiple airing times on Mondays, starting with 12:30AM ET/PT on late Sunday nights (technically, early Monday). The episodes will continue to repeat throughout Monday at 3:00AM ET/PT, 7:30AM ET/PT, 5:00PM ET/PT, and 9:00PM ET/PT.
For fans who tune into the show through the WATCH Disney XD app and site, the episodes should be available at 12:01AM on late Sunday nights (technically, early Monday) before it airs at 12:30AM.
For those of you who watch Star Wars Rebels through iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores, the episodes will be available on Tuesdays.
As for fans in the UK, according to GeekTown, a website based in the UK, it appears the season four premiere will take place on Saturday, October 28, at 9:00AM.
What about Rebels Recon and the StarWars.com Episode Guides?
Rebels Recon, which is hosted by Andi Gutierrez and takes fans behind-the-scenes for each Star Wars Rebels episode, will be posted after the 9:00PM ET/PT broadcast on Monday nights.
The StarWars.com episode guides, which include trivia and concept art galleries, will be published on Tuesdays at 9:00AM ET / 6:00PM PT.
What does the schedule look like for season four?
We’ll be getting 5 weeks of Star Wars Rebels, with 4 out of the 5 weeks airing back-to-back episodes for a total of 9 episodes. Each episode is 30 minutes (22 minutes without commercials).
Monday, October 16 – “Heroes of Mandalore” Parts 1 & 2
Monday, October 23 – “In the Name of the Rebellion” Parts 1 & 2
Monday, October 30 – “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”
Monday, November 6 – “Kindred” and “Crawler Commanders”
Monday, November 13 – “Rebel Assault”
After November 13, the series will take a holiday break, and it will return in early 2018 for the remaining 7 episodes. (There are technically 16 episodes in total.)
In the past, each season returned in January (season one: January 5, season two: January 20, season three: January 7), so we could see it return either on Monday, January 8, or Monday, January 22. We could also expect to see a mid-season trailer about week or a few days before the mid-season premiere, given what we’ve seen in the past.
What are the first 9 episodes about?
“Heroes of Mandalore” continues the Sabine storyline that was established in the second half of season three with “Trials of the Dark Saber” and “Legacy of Mandalore.”
Warning: The next paragraph may contain minor spoilers.
One Tumblr user (with no source) wrote down that “In the Name of the Rebellion” is about the Imperial satellite mission that we briefly saw in the season four trailers. This two-part episode might also include Saw Gerrera. They also went onto write that “The Occupation” involves the rescue of captured citizens of Lothal. (This goes along with my personal theory that they might be prisoners from Tarkintown.) “Flight of the Defender” refers to the Imperial TIE Defender. According to the same Tumblr user, this episode involves the Ghost crew stealing a TIE Defender’s power core. This is the same object that we see Hera hold and give to Mon Mothma on Yavin 4 in the most recent trailer. “Kindred” might pertain to the Loth-wolves, “Crawler Commanders” could see Rukh in action, and “Rebel Assault” might involve the squadron of X-wings attacking the fleet of Star Destroyers. Once again, there is no source attached to the Tumblr post, so please take this with a grain of salt.
EDIT: Jedi-Bibliothek has more information regarding episodes 407 “Kindred” and 408 “Crawler Commanders.”
“Kindred” – After the rebels have been traced back to their hidden base by a mysterious Imperial agent, they must trust some allegedly dangerous native creatures behind whom more is hidden.
“Crawler Commanders” – The crew of the Ghost desperately tries to contact the commanders of the Rebellion and for this reason takes over a mining vehicle equipped with a long-distance communication system. But the empire emerges to make a dash for them.
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As we wait for the premiere, pay close attention to Disney XD in the coming weeks. Television commercials as well as promotional tweets might start popping up soon and gear up fans for the new season.
In the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars and get ready for 5 weeks of new back-to-back episodes starting on Monday, October 16, on Disney XD and the Disney XD app.
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