Star Wars Rebels is coming to an end after four seasons this Monday. Creator Dave Filoni has had a hand in making the animation side of Star Wars a huge success first with the the Clone Wars series and now with Rebels. Everyone is wondering what Filoni is going to do next now that Rebels is done. Filoni recently did an interview with Animation Magazine and was asked about how Marvel interconnect all of its properties but offers a wide variety of genres and tones to meet a bunch of audiences. He was asked if he could see Star Wars doing the same thing.
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.
As for what Filoni is going to work on next he didn't give out any details but said that we'll be finding out "soon". It's likely we won't hear anything until after Rebels is done so the show doesn't have to compete with a future project.
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.
The final three episodes of Star Wars Rebels will premiere on March 5th on Disney XD.