Although Star Wars has yet to bring a live-action presence to television, its two animated features have given fans a more personal and in-depth experience with their favorite far-away galaxy. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have used their longer story arcs to flesh out some of the fascinating and important backstories of the expansive Star Wars universe. Both shows explored the history of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, while also introducing a new round of likable characters, such as Ezra Bridger and Ahsoka Tano.
One of the most beloved and controversial characters from The Clone Wars era, Tano’s quest to become a Jedi ended on a very bittersweet note. Fans left wondering about her after the somewhat abrupt end of The Clone Wars were pleased when Ahsoka joined Rebels as a recurring character. But with an impending confrontation with her old master, though, her future hangs in the balance.
On the Rebels Recon aftershow, showrunner Dave Filoni discussed the unfriendly reunion (via ComicBook.com). He says he’s been pleased to further explore the character since the end of The Clone Wars series. “I’ve tried to offer as many clues as I can as to what did happen after Ahsoka left the Jedi Order.” Her return to the show has given fans a few answers about her post-Jedi existence and showcased her evolved abilities. Filoni does hint that there’s a good deal more to her character’s history, though:
“For now, I have to treat the characters with the experience that I know they had. So Ahsoka can’t lie and say ‘The last time I saw Anakin I walked away from him at the Jedi Temple.’ No, no, no! Because she has seen him since then. She was involved in a very important mission at the end of the Clone Wars. We’ve gotten to tell a very critical piece of her story, one that I wasn’t sure we’d get to tell after The Clone Wars stopped.”
And the implications of Ahsoka’s innocuous comment to Ezra about her teacher are intriguing. It suggests the former apprentice indeed crossed paths with her master much later in the game than The Clone Wars. And this is only a piece of the larger puzzle Filoni clearly has in mind for the character. Yet with a climactic meeting to close out season 2, Filoni’s next words are worrisome to fans of the more experienced Force user: “We’re so close now, to the end, so it’s exciting.”
Although it doesn’t sound good for Ahsoka, Filoni could merely be referring to the season finale. Having Vader cut her down during the season 2 climax would certainly send a resounding message about Anakin’s full transition to the Dark Side. It would also offer further conflict for Kanan and Ezra, spurring on their quest to seek Vader and the Empire’s destruction. Her death could also make a major impact on the fallen Jedi and his apprentice, potentially pushing both characters closer to their darker impulses. And Tano’s return to Rebels has been beneficial to the show, giving fans both a hint at her journey and encouraging Kanan and Ezra’s exploration of the Force. However, as with the Dark Side, the Light Side also traditionally operates best with a master and a learner – and three Force users on one show could constitute a crowd.
But ending Ahsoka’s run at this point almost seems counterintuitive, especially for fans craving more of the hardcore double lightsaber user. Her death would also negate any possibility of a role (aside from as a Force ghost) in the current trilogy, the later timeline, and any films set after Rebels – minimizing her role in the universe aside from pre-Episode IV Anthology films, books, and comics. Rebels’ writers would also miss out on some Anakin insight, as having Vader show even a hint of mercy towards his former padawan could also act as a fantastic teaser towards his redemption.
Do you think Ahsoka will (or should) return for season 3?
Star Wars Rebels continues with ‘The Forgotten Droid’ next Wednesday @9:30 on Disney XD. Check out a behind the scenes look below:
Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.