Tim Curry taking over as the voice of Palpatine after Ian Abercrombie's untimely passing.
The announcement of a new series taking The Clone Wars place had some worried, but then it was revealed Dave Filoni would still be involved in this series.
Then, the name of the series, Star Wars: Rebels, was revealed, and that it would take place in the time frame between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. With Dave Filoni, Kilian Plunkett and other parts of the TCW team involved, this also leaves a huge chance for it to tie up some of the loose ends that were left when The Clone Wars was canceled.
The season 2 trailer gives us Captain Rex, Commander Wolffe, the return of Hondo and Gregor, and Darth Vader being a complete badass.
The midseason trailer for season 2 gives us even more: Yoda, other Lasats, Cham Syndulla, more Darth Vader action, ancient Jedi and Sith architecture , the reveal that Darth Maul is alive (and seeks Ezra as an apprentice), and Ahsoka and Vader crossing blades.
As of the season 3 trailer, THRAWN has returned to canon and will be challenging the Rebels in future. The fandom exploded.
There's a possibility of Mark Hamill giving his voice to a yet unknown character in the final episodes. Yes, you read that right.
The final episodes of the series, from the planned sixth season, will be released in 2014. What's better, they include new episodes focusing on Yoda and the Umbara clones.
It's also coming to Netflix on March 7, along with The Movie and the rest of the series (even Director's Cut episodes). What's even better is that this is the first Star Wars production to ever be on Netflix.
And what else? It's getting a midnight release, and unlike the movie launch nights, you won't have to camp outside a movie theatre. When they said March 7, they really meant it.
These bonus episodes are great and all, but there probably isn't enough time to cover all the loose ends like what happened to Darth Maul. Wait, Dark Horse is producing a miniseries that adapts what would have been Darth Maul final story arc? YES!!!
A trailer for Season 6 in English is out, and what do we have....Qui-Gon Jinn! Mother Talzin! Dagobah! Order 66! Embo! Yoda fighting a Sith Lord!
After the series was canceled, four full episodes with incomplete animation were released on the official Star Wars website. Also coming in 2015? A new novel, Dark Disciple, with Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos.
A few weeks before Celebration Anaheim in 2015, Lucasfilm announced that they would be screening 4 new never-before-seen story reels during the convention. The focus of the episodes? Echo's return
After the initial screening, there was concern when or if the story reels would ever be released to the general public. Two weeks later, the Bad Batch story reels are viewable on Star Wars.com alongside Crystal Crisis on Utapau.
The apperance of Black Sun saves it in canon.
When the show was cancelled, fans were afraid that the fate of the original characters from The Clone Wars would be left hanging in favor of focusing on Rebels. In the season 2 trailer, 4 words silenced all those fears: "My name is Rex."
And who should show up in the trailer for the second half of the same season but DARTH MAUL!!
The press revealing that Saw Gerrera will be in a supporting role in Rogue One, the first animated character to make the jump to live-action. Bonus points for the fact that in the weeks leading up to the reveal, many people had mixed feelings on Rogue One due to the announced reshoots, which had many contradicting explanations, not to mention the fact that very little news about the movie itself came during those weeks. The reveal of Gerrera, as well as more background info on the other Rebels and Imperials, outright silenced those fears.
In the trailer for Season 3 at the Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, it is confirmed that GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN will indeed be (one) of the main villains for the season. Also, Sabine gets a jetpack and the Dark Saber, Tom Baker is voicing the Bendu that Kanan encounters, and Maul takes the Ghost Crew hostage in order to force Ezra to become his apprentice, and shoves Kanan out of an airlock.
A week before the Season 3 premiere of Rebels Katie Sackhoff confirmed that she is returning as Bo-Katan.