Dave Filoni On ‘Star Wars Rebels’: The Journey And The Legacy

Dave Filoni talks to Animation Magazine about the end and legacy of Star Wars Rebels, and says we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s next. Here’s the first and last question — but there’s lots more to read in-between!

Now that Star Wars Rebels is wrapping up, are you satisfied with the way it’s closing?

Filoni: I’m pretty satisfied. This is the first time I’ve been able to draw a series to a close in this manner. We had worked on different ways Clone Wars could end, but there’s a difference between having theories about how you would do something and actually executing it. These last six episodes I think are among our best, which they should be. If we went back to the beginning, there are some things we would change and improve a bit, but all in all I’m pretty pleased with it. We didn’t really leave much on the table either. There are always other stories you can tell, but I think for the story of Ezra Bridger it’s come through in a way that I’m happy with.

Marvel has a transmedia canon that runs through films and TV shows on a variety of different networks and streaming platforms for different kinds of audiences. Could you see Star Warsdoing something similar?

Filoni: I think we have our own way of doing things and one of the things that we’re always attempting to do is have all of our stories be connected. I spend a decent amount of time when the films are happening to go and talk with Rian Johnson or watch JJ [Abrams] work. We all like to be aware of the stories that everybody’s doing so you get a sense that it’s one big galaxy. George always treated our animation on Clone Wars the same way he treated film, it’s all part of his story. At times there’s a tendency to treat animation as an “other” or as something for kids, and that’s not been my experience at Lucasfilm. We are telling stories and we happen to use the medium of animation to tell them.

So I think that’s what the future holds. We have a lot of different ways to convey stories and we choose the best mediums and we are showing no sign of slowing, so the end of one thing always means the beginning of another, and soon people will learn what that other is.

Read the full interview here.