Everything is proceeding exactly as he has foreseen. Sort of. The most feared Sith Lord of them all, call him Darth Sidious, Emperor Palpatine, or just plain old Sheev, is back. But probably not in the way you might expect. Ian McDiarmid is returning to voice the Emperor for the final season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

On Friday, Disney released a new trailer for the final season of Star Wars Rebels. Largely recapping the entire series thus far, the trailer also teases the idea that young Ezra Bridger might turn to the Dark side of the Force. Cackling his famous cackle, Emperor Palpatine says, “Ezra Bridger, finally mine!”

Previously, Ezra has made it something of a habit to get cozy with Dark side baddies. Before Obi-Wan Kenobi killed him, Ezra was even really tight with Darth Maul. But will his character arc end with him becoming Palpatine’s lackey?

Ezra and the Emperor

The return of McDiarmid to what is arguably his most famous role is a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. Though originally voiced by Clive Revill in The Empire Strikes Back, McDiarmid has been the canonical cinematic Emperor since Return of the Jedi. And, in lending his voice to the canonical Star Wars cartoons, he follows in the footsteps of several other actors including Billy Dee Williams, Liam Neeson, James Earl Jones, Frank Oz, and Forest Whitaker.

What role the Emperor will play in Rebels remains to be seen. But we’ll put good money on him not getting killed by Ezra. Let’s just say we can see the future.

The first new episode of Rebels will air on Disney XD on February 19 at 9 p.m. Eastern, and the last episode will air on March 5 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The last episode will also be an hour and a half long.

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A brand-new actress has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, and we’re all wondering: Who is Naomi Ackie playing in the new Star Wars movie?

Late on Friday afternoon, Lucasfilm announced via StarWars.com the official cast for Star Wars: Episode IX. It came with several surprises, including the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker (who died in The Last Jedi) and the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. But one newcomer for the final episode of this new trilogy is Naomi Ackie, a relatively unknown British actress who once appeared on Doctor Who.

After almost 10 years, it’s time for Rick Grimes to walk out of The Walking Dead. With Andrew Lincoln’s exit for AMC’s juggernaut horror series confirmed, new series showrunner Angela Kang revealed how cable’s biggest zombie series will carry on without Sheriff Grimes.

As it turns out, The Walking Dead has never really been about Rick Grimes, but the people and the community he created.

It’s almost time for back to school — Huntress school, that is. At RTX 2018, Rooster Teeth Animation announced the release date of the next season of the studio’s crown jewel, western anime RWBY.

RWBY Volume 6 will premiere October 27. And in an interview with Inverse, series star Lindsay Jones (the voice of Ruby Rose) reveals that Volume 6 will see the reunion of Team RWBY. The story will also build upon the significant growth of the characters from Volumes 4 and 5.

The spark that will light the fire to destroy the First Order has been lit, and guess who’s coming back to let it burn?

On Friday, Lucasfilm revealed the cast for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, and unofficially told racist, sexist internet trolls to eat shit as the announcement included the return of actress Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico.

The Godzilla sequel is adding three of Godzilla’s most-iconic kaiju co-stars to Legendary’s Monsterverse, but it’s also setting up a later movie where the King of the Monsters throws down with King Kong. The director of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, revealed that his upcoming film does indeed have a concrete connection to Kong: Skull Island, though he was cagey about the specifics.