WARNING: This post contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for Star Wars: Episode VIII
Now that 2016 has come to a close and Rogue One is officially in the books (mostly), Star Wars fans are finally turning their full attention to the next installment - the most anticipated movie of 2017 by Screen Rant - Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Despite the hype and anticipation, Lucasfilm hasn’t even begun official marketing for the next episodic Star Wars installment. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One had official videos and images shown well over a year prior to release, but the lid is being kept even tighter for Episode VIII, and it looks like there won’t be a trailer shouldn’t be expected until this spring - possibly at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
Nevertheless, the rumor mill is churning, and one of the newest leaks teases a major visual and thematic tie-in to an element of both The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Making Star Wars is reporting that Ahch-To, probable site of the first Jedi temple and Luke Skywalker’s exile, will be the home of a species of avian creatures that bear a strong resemblance to the convorees from The Clone Wars and Rebels.
The convor was first introduced in The Clone Wars season three episode “Padawan Lost” when Ahsoka Tano is captured by Trandoshan hunters. The bird(s) appear to be watching over Ahsoka, and many have noted that they seem to share a similar color scheme with a mysterious Force being known as The Daughter, who sacrificed her life force to save Ahsoka Tano during the Mortis arc earlier in the season. The creature makes additional appearances in Rebels, still bearing the colors of The Daughter, right before and after Ahsoka confronts Vader, and again in season three with Kanan and the Bendu, this time simply sporting a brown and white color scheme (colors that could be similar to Ahsoka's).
There’s a lot of speculation as to exactly what the convor represents, but the writer, director, and executive producer of both series, Dave Filoni, said in an interview with IGN that “whatever that thing is an avatar of has actually appeared in the animated Star Wars universe before” adding fuel to the idea that it’s some sort of incarnation of The Daughter.
The rumor from Making Star Wars says there will be multiple Convorees in Episode VIII, so there’s a lot of speculation to be had as to exactly what significance (if any) their presence has, but if they are all avatars of fallen Force users, do they give Luke a way to learn from ancient beings that are unable to manifest as Force spirits like Obi-Wan, Yoda, Anakan, and (to a lesser extent) Qui-Gon Jinn? Has he already spent his time on Ahch-To talking to mysterious birds? They could just be a visual nod to excite fans of Rebels and The Clone Wars.
Rogue One was a great example of how live action Star Wars properties can push the mythology forward by incorporating strong ties to the animation side, but even Rogue One’s abundance of Rebels ties, aside from kyber crystals, mostly amounted to Easter eggs. Whether or not that’s the case with the convorees in Episode VIII remains to be seen, but the possibilities are too tantalizing to avoid speculation altogether.
Source: Making Star Wars
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