Star Wars Rebels season 2
Kanan and Darth Vader fighting in the new Star Wars Rebels season 2 trailer Disney

Star Wars Rebels season 2 will premiere on 20 June at 9pm on Disney XD. The season will commence with a one-hour episode titled, The Siege of Lothal.

The official plot of the premiere episode features new rebels, lightsaber duels with Darth Vader and more Jedi training.

In season 2, Tarkin will call upon Vader to help him catch the rebels before they can cause any more damage. Now that the Inquisitor failed in his mission, it's time to call in the expert exterminator.

The two-part premiere episode was aired at Celebration Anaheim on 18 April, with the rebels crew against an increasingly ruthless empire.

Here are a few things fans would want to know about the Star Wars Rebels season 2 premiere episode:

Kanan and Ezra face Darth Vader

According to a Den of Geek report, Darth Vader is introduced as the bad guy, who destroys Tarkintown to flush the rebels out in one of the episode's many detailed scenes of destruction. Ezra, who has never heard of the Sith, Kanan introduces the dark side of Force as something unstoppable and cruel.

In the episode, Vader faces off and outclasses half-trained Jedi Ezra and Kanan. Vader does appear to be holding back in this fight, despite the collateral damage. He could have stabbed Kanan several times during the fight, and I hope to see an explanation for that. Was he toying with the half-trained Jedi? We'll have to wait and watch.

Ezra and Kanan rebel operations thwarted

According to the report, the episode drives home the fact that this is the end of the rebel cell's operations on Lothal, at least for the near future. Ezra has seen not one, but two homesteads destroyed, and Kanan's efforts to disguise himself could not hide him from the empire's strongest enforcer.

Darth Vader and Ahsoka

Star Wars Rebels season 2
Star Wars Rebels season 2 will feature Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano Disney

Because of the Rebels' actions on Lothal, the inevitable conflict between Darth Vader and Ahsoka begins only one episode after she is introduced. Ahsoka reacts violently to Vader's Force presence, but when asked whether she recognises him, she does not respond.

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, fans got to see Ahsoka as a teenager, where she served as Anakin Skywalker's apprentice. After five seasons of fighting for the Galactic Republic during the bloody Clone Wars, Ahsoka decided to leave the Jedi Order after being framed for murder and put on trial in season 5.

Dave Filoni, the show's executive producer, has said that Ahsoka will not become a member of the main cast: "But it's not like she's going to have a bunk on the Ghost anytime soon. She needs to remain kind of a mysterious figure who is woven in and out of the story."