Fans can expect Star Wars Rebels to drift into darker territories when it returns with season 3 to Disney XD this fall. Executive producer Dave Filoni recently hinted that he will not shy away from killing off a major character or turning a character to the Dark Side.
In an interview with Slashfilm, Filoni said, "You know I would say absolutely you can. You can kill off characters. You can turn them [to the Dark Side] if it serves the story. That's something George [Lucas] always warned me about. You know, if you do this, do it for a reason. A reason that kids will understand. But don't just do it to do it. Which is sometimes a hard thing not to do, to be tempted by. But, you know, we'll see. It's good to get you to the edge."
Does this mean that Ezra Bridger could turn to the Dark Side as teased in season 3 trailer? Or, could Ahsoka Tano – whose fate was left hanging in the balance in the season 2 finale– possibly be killed off?
Nonetheless, the showrunner admitted that Star Wars Rebels has come a long way and developed in something more powerfull.
He explained, "I think that over the years as adults we've kind of taken something we grew up with as children and morphed it into something that's incredibly powerful to us and important to us. But when my parents loved, you know, they liked Star Wars. They say they loved it. They liked it because it was relevant to a lot of things they knew. And my father was big into opera and music and those things. And so he could relate to some themes and things in Star Wars. But there wasn't this big adult culture around me that was like certainly dressing up like Stormtroopers and fans. That has changed in the course of my life. Now whereas fans, we kind of hold onto these things so hard."
According to Filoni, his responsibility as a storyteller is to captivate the imagination of children. "At times I think we change them too much and darken them too much and we forget their initial purpose. Our fundamental responsibility at least for me as a storyteller needs to be captivate the imagination of kids. You know, because they're the ones that we need to give them the ability to 30 years later still love it like we do now. If we change it too much and make it too dark, then we kind of deny them that ability because they're too frightened by it," he added.