Season 3 is the third season of Star Wars Rebels. It was announced that Disney XD had ordered a third season on November 30, 2015, shortly before the winter finale of Season 2. The season premiere was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.
A clip of an episode from this season was released on The Star Wars Show on July 13, 2016, which featured the return of Hondo Ohnaka, Ezra with a shorter haircut, new outfit design and a green lightsaber, as well as Zeb and Sabine sporting new outfit designs. Kanan also sports a longer beard, and Sabine's hair color has been changed again as in the previous season.
Star Wars Rebels supervising director Dave Filoni had revealed that a Star Wars Legends character may be featured in this season. This character was later revealed to be Thrawn, who originated in Heir to the Empire, the first novel in The Thrawn Trilogy. Filoni also revealed in Rebels Recon that season three picks up upwards of six months after the conclusion of season two.
The story of the Ghost crew is far from over. While Sabine confronts new challenges on her home world of Mandalore, Ezra's growing power as both a Jedi and a rebel leader helps the rebellion acquire new resources and recruits for the fight ahead. However, the Imperial effort to eliminate the rebellion is now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before.
It was announced on November 30, 2015, that Star Wars Rebels would renew for a third season shortly before the winter finale of season two.
The premiere, "Steps Into Shadow", was first screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 on July 16, 2016 along with an episode from the third season. It made its television premiere on September 24, 2016.
The third season takes place six months after the events of "Twilight of the Apprentice", and introduces Grand Admiral Thrawn, a Star Wars Legends character who originated in Heir to the Empire, the first novel in The Thrawn Trilogy.
|38-39||01-02||"Steps Into Shadow"||September 24, 2016||301 / 302|
|Ezra, having grown in power, leads a mission to break the crew's old friend Hondo Ohnaka out of prison. Meanwhile, Grand Admiral Thrawn -- a master Imperial strategist -- has vowed to dismantle and destroy the growing rebellion.|
|40||03||"The Holocrons of Fate"||October 1, 2016||303|
|Maul returns to complete his dangerous plan, and the Ghost crew is caught in the middle.|
|41||04||"The Antilles Extraction"||October 8, 2016||304|
|With the rebellion in desperate need of pilots, Sabine goes undercover as an Imperial cadet to recruit defectors -- including the confident and gifted Wedge Antilles.|
|42||05||"Hera's Heroes"||October 15, 2016||305|
|When the Empire occupies Hera's home, she decides to personally recover a family heirloom. But a new Imperial commander named Grand Admiral Thrawn is waiting.|
|43||06||"The Last Battle"||October 22, 2016||306|
|In the search for arms and artillery, Captain Rex brings the rebels to an old abandoned base from the Clone Wars. They quickly find that they're not alone, however, and must once again face enemies from the past.|
|44||07||"Imperial Super Commandos"||November 5, 2016||307|
|When the rebels lose contact with Concord Dawn, Sabine, Ezra, Chopper, and Mandalorian prisoner Fenn Rau investigate. They find an unexpected, deadly new threat waiting.|
|45||08||"Iron Squadron"||November 19, 2016||308|
|The Ghost crew encounters three young rebels, while Thrawn plots a trap for his enemies.|
|46||09||"The Wynkahthu Job"||November 26, 2016||309|
|The Ghost crew teams with Hondo and Azmorigan for a weapons score.|
|47||10||"An Inside Man"||December 3, 2016||311|
|Kanan and Ezra infiltrate an Imperial factory on Lothal, making shocking discoveries, while Grand Admiral Thrawn continues his plans to crush the growing rebellion.|
|48||11||"Visions and Voices"||December 10, 2016||310|
|Maul returns, looking to finally unlock the secrets that he and Ezra desire.|
|49-50||12-13||"Ghosts of Geonosis"||January 7, 2017||312 / 313|
|After the legendary Saw Gerrera and his rebel squad go missing on Geonosis, the Ghost crew is sent in to investigate.|
|51||14||"Warhead"||January 14, 2017||314|
|A new droid arrives at the rebel base, but is not what it appears to be...|
|52||15||"Trials of the Darksaber"||January 21, 2017||315|
|Sabine begins training with the ancient Darksaber -- but in doing so, she must also face her past.|
|53||16||"Legacy of Mandalore"||February 18, 2017||317|
|Sabine brings the Darksaber to her mother, hoping to recruit Clan Wren to the rebel cause and unite Mandalore.|
|54||17||"Through Imperial Eyes"||February 25, 2017||316|
|As Thrawn's search for the rebel spy intensifies, Ezra looks to extract Kallus and bring him to the rebel base.|
|55||18||"Secret Cargo"||March 4, 2017||318|
|The Ghost crew must escort Senator Mon Mothma, now wanted by the Empire, to a meeting that can change the galaxy.|
|56||19||"Double Agent Droid"||March 11, 2017||319|
|When Chopper comes under Imperial control, the future of the entire Rebellion is at stake.|
|57||20||"Twin Suns"||March 18, 2017||320|
|Maul arrives on Tatooine seeking revenge against his nemesis, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ezra, meanwhile, heads to the desert planet hoping to reach the Jedi Master first.|
|58-59||21-22||"Zero Hour"||March 25, 2017||321 / 322|
|While the rebels plot to attack the Imperial stronghold on Lothal, Grand Admiral Thrawn discovers the location of their secret base, leading to an epic clash.|