The trailer starts off with a sequence of flashbacks with Hera’s narration played over the top. It reveals nothing, but immediately tells us what this season is all about - the beginning of the end. The immediate tone is one of finality and gives the sense that this final season will bring every storyline and every character full circle by the end of its 15 episode run.
Ezra and Sabine became front and centre of the Ghost crew. Rebels is, at the end of the day, a kids show, despite its ability to appeal to a wider demographic (myself included). Ezra and Sabine are the kids in the show, who have grown up and progressed with each season and are the ones that the show’s target audience are able to relate most to. The opening images reflect that focus.
Ezra is described as “the boy that was lost”, mirrored by an image of him handling the Sith Holocron and his temptations towards the dark side, despite the good intentions behind his actions. Could this mean that season four will revisit this theme and close it for good?
Sabine, on the other hand, is described as “the girl that was broken”, referencing to her past and her inability to confront it, but we know that Mandalore will be revisited next season (more on that later).
The rest of the crew get a look in too. Zeb is described as the survivor; Chopper a war veteran; and Kanan as the fallen knight. Each look at these characters shows within a few frames the journey that they have taken, and Season Four is ready to close the book on their story – at least in the world of animation.