Star Wars Rebels season 3 returns this week, and the new trailer may just blow your Death Star. Er, mind.

The impossibly exciting tease offers a look at the mid-season premiere for Star Wars Rebels season 3, titled “Ghosts of Geonosis.” But the excitement doesn’t stop (or even start!) with the appearance of Saw Gerrera.

The trailer kicks off with an eerie clip of Ezra discovering Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hologram rising from the Jedi holocron. “This message is a warning for any surviving Jedi,” the crackled message says — words that echo to profound effect through the rest of the trailer.

The Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer makes it clear that the animated series is taking more than just Saw Gerrera (and Forrest Whitaker!) from Rogue One. The tone and energy of the back half of the season seem significantly moodier than the first 10 episodes.

And of course, there are a few exhilaratingly familiar faces to spot!

Yes folks, Star Wars Rebels is most definitely cranking up the heat. The glorious Mon Mothma makes an appearance as the Rebel Alliance begins to coalesce… which is when Grand Admiral Thrawn decides to take the gloves off.

(And also, his sleeves.)

In “Ghosts of Geonosis,” it’s clear that Saw Gerrera seeks something that the Empire is hiding, and that he is uncompromising in his quest to solve the mystery. Could Saw’s determination lead to the physical decrepit insurgent we met in Rogue One?

Meanwhile, Sabine finally seems to take the helm of her own storyline. The young artist will return to her home planet of Mandalore, though it may not be the happiest of homecomings. Wheeling and dealing with the Darksaber, after all, may lead Sabine down a complicated path.

And of course, in a final fist-pumping moment, the Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer takes us back to Tatooine. Obi-Wan Kenobi sits by his fire, where he has an unexpected (or perhaps expected) visitor in Darth Maul.

“You’re in the wrong place,” the old Jedi says, before a long-awaited rematch presumably ensues.

Packed with excitement, thrilling developments, and gratifying links to the greater galaxy, it looks like Star Wars Rebels season 3 has been saving its strongest punches for the back half. And just a few days away from the show’s return, that’s just fine with us.

Star Wars Rebels 3×12, “Ghosts of Geonosis,” airs Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. on Disney XD.

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