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Dave Filoni Explains The Death Star's Absence From Star Wars Rebels

Posted by Steve on August 5, 2018 at 03:16 PM CST

With the release of Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels on digital and Blu-Ray, some familiar names have been making the rounds talking about the now completed animated series.

One of those is creator Dave Filoni, who recently sat down with Cinemablend to discuss the show's ending, its legacy and specifically why we didn't see either Orson Krennic or the Death Star in Season 4.

“At different times in Rebels in Season 4, there was a moment where even Krennic would appear in the series, where the Death Star appeared in the series, but because our show isn’t ultimately about either Krennic or the Death Star, I decided to cut those ideas from visibly showing up. I don’t want to confuse the audience.”

So while Krennic himself didn't appear, he was mentioned during the shows four year run, a few times in fact. The most intentional was definitely during the Season 4 episode titled, "Jedi Night", where Tarkin and Thrawn discuss Krennic openly and his "Stardust" project. We all know of course that "Stardust" is the codename Galen Erso gave the Death Star project, a nickname he had for his daughter Jyn. As for the Death Star itself, it was alluded to several times but only made one visual appearance, in an episode from Season 3 called "Ghosts of Geonosis" where it appeared as a drawing made by a Geonosian in the sand.

Death Star Rebels

And while there was some crossover between Rebels and Rogue One, with the Ghost and Chopper appearing on screen and a mention of General Syndulla, Filoni in the end thought it would best serve his story to keep the two separate...

“I know a lot of people would know exactly how they fit. It just seemed distracting to talk about something that wasn’t the primary focus of the show. It’d be distracting to bring the Death Star into it or this character Krennic. Why would we bring him in if he’s not going to play a major role in this series? So I tried to avoid that yet get the idea that Thrawn is competing with how we’re going to fight the rebels.”

So there you have it, from the man himself. What do you all think? Would Rebels have been better served if they would have included more of the Death Star and the Empire's plans? Or did you like it just the way it went down?

Till next time...MTFBWY.

You can read the full article at Cinemablend by clicking HERE.

Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels is available now on Blu-Ray/DVD/4k. You can order it from Amazon by clicking HERE.

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