'Star Wars Rebels' season 3 spoilers, news: Hera heads home for a personal mission; Dave Filoni steps down as supervising director

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Following Sabine’s covert mission last week, the brand-new episode of “Star Wars Rebels” will put Hera under the spotlight with an arc of her own.

The installment titled “Hera’s Heroes” will see the Ghost crew pilot leading a supply mission to Ryloth when her fleet is cornered by Imperial forces. But what started as just a standard trip delivering goods becomes a more personal one as she gets embroiled in the retrieval of an artifact from her ancestral home. The episode also marks the comeback of Hera’s father, rebel veteran Cham Syndulla. It will also give fans a closer look at Grand Admiral Thrawn whose work with the Empire has been making it hard for the Alliance to operate as shown in the last episode.

While “Rebels” is smoothly cruising along its third season, a quiet but impactful personnel switch has taken place involving the people responsible for the animated show. As it turns out, show creator and franchise veteran Dave Filoni has stepped down as the Supervising Director of the series. Taking his place is “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” episodic director Justin Ridge.

“Dave is still just as involved as ever overseeing all aspects of ‘Star Wars Rebels’ production as Executive Producer and occasionally directing episodes. In many ways, mentoring Justin and moving him into the role as Supervising Director has made it possible for Dave to be even more immersed in the writing and story structure of the show as well as creatively overseeing future animation development. Justin started with Lucasfilm Animation on the first season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and worked with Dave before that on ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ so they’ve been working together for quite some time,” said a Lucasfilm spokesperson in a statement released to Big Shiny Robot.

Filoni stepping down from the position may not necessarily be a demotion given how impressive his works for Lucasfilm are, so far. Some industry insiders simply regard the move in the management as a way for the 42-year-old to work on other properties such as one of the yet to be announced live-action standalone flicks in the franchise. Disney, who has distributing rights to the famed space opera saga, has been forthcoming that they will continue to explore other stories outside of the episodic films.

“Star Wars Rebels” season 3 airs every Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD.