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Second season of ‘Rebels’ long time coming

Darth Vader will bring his dark Force to “Star Wars Rebels.”
Darth Vader will bring his dark Force to “Star Wars Rebels.” Disney

The first season of the Disney XD animated series “Star Wars Rebels” ended in early March.

A one-hour special, “The Siege of Lothal,” was broadcast in June and gave fans a peak of future possibilities such as the arrival of Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano.

It was the opener for season two. But, season two doesn’t really get started until Wednesdsay, Oct. 14.

Dave Filoni - the man behind both “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” - isn’t certain why there has been so much time between the second season debut special and the start of original episodes.

“I don’t have a lot to do with it. I don’t even know when the show will start. I am so busy making this show and we are running so fast,” Filoni says in an interview to talk about the second season. “What I found fascinating this year is that when ‘Clone Wars’ had ended an the next season would start it never felt like that big a period. This felt like a long time to me.

“So I empathize with what ‘Star Wars’ fans are going through. All I can say is there is so much ‘Star Wars’ news everyday I can’t imagine anyone is lacking for ‘Star Wars’ information. I like to think that because Darth Vader is back, people can’t wait to see it. That was huge opportunity for us.”

Not only is Darth Vader on the animated series, he’s being voiced by James Earl Jones.

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