In a bitter-sweet announcement, Disney XD has set a date for the series finale of “Star Wars Rebels”. The final installments to the series will begin on February 19th when the popular animated series returns to Disney XD, bringing just a few more episodes as the series nears its grand finale.  The final episodes will unfold over three weeks, with two back-to-back episodes premiering every Monday night on Disney XD, until its epic 90-minute conclusion on March 5, 2018.

As teased in a new “Star Wars Rebels” trailer, Emperor Palpatine makes his series debut in these final episodes, voiced by actor Ian McDiarmid who reprises this iconic role from the Star Wars live-action films. Fans of the series can catch the new trailer below.

To avoid spoilers and allow fans to experience the episodes together during each telecast, new episodes will be available on VOD and digital platforms the day after their linear and DisneyNOW premieres.  Viewers can also catch all previously-aired “Star Wars Rebels” episodes from season four on the DisneyNOW App.

“Star Wars Rebels” was created by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Academy Award nominee Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Emmy Award nominee Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is executive produced by Filoni and Kinberg, and co-executive produced by Emmy nominee Henry Gilroy. The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Kallus, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Governor Pryce, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Warwick Davis as Rukh.

Withe Rebels coming to an end, we will have and see what the future holds for animated Star Wars fans in the YA sector. Younger viewers will still have LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures,” and the “LEGO: Star Wars The Resistance Rises Shorts,” but a ‘Clone Wars’ or ‘Rebels’ style series is still in the making. Maybe after the new trilogy ends we will get an extended series based on those characters, like ‘Clone Wars’ did with the prequels, but no official word yet.