Ahsoka Tano will return to Star Wars Rebels, and the voice behind the character is teasing her neutral emergence. Ahsoka has not been seen on the second animated Star Wars show since the end of season two, and it was unclear whether or not she would ever return again. Her battle with Darth Vader left her fate up in the air, but with season four of Rebels being its last, the show will welcome back their other Force wielder.
Ahsoka may have first debuted as a Jedi-in-training in The Clone Wars, but after serving with the Order for a number of years, she ultimately walked away before completing her training. Her reemergence on Rebels proved that she is no Jedi and was symbolized with her choice of white lightsabers. It is this neutral stance that voice actor Ashley Eckstein wants to see explored in season four.
Eckstein spoke to Yahoo about Ahsoka's eventual return, but also her future. Whenever and however she returns to Rebels, Eckstein is hoping to see her more of the reasoning behind her neutral position, while also learning about what she's been up to since her last appearance:
I want to know more about Ahsoka’s future as this kind of neutral character. Her lightsabers are white because she’s neutral. She’s not on the Dark Side, she’s not a Jedi. She’s not even a full-blown Rebel. What is she doing? Where is she? All I can say is, you’ll see Ahsoka again.
Even though it has been confirmed that Ahsoka is back for Rebels season 4, fans should not expect to know how or why before Rebels is ready to make that known. Showrunner Dave Filoni is going to great lengths to preserve the mystery surrounding her return - and after waiting over a year to answer if she is alive, it could be some time before her role in season four is revealed.
Thanks to Ahsoka's rise in popularity within the Star Wars community, whatever role she is given may not be enough for some. If her role is small, she could be the beneficiary of further canon materials after receiving her own book last year. But, thanks to interest from Rosario Dawson, there has been a movement to get Ahsoka a live-action movie of her own. Filoni has expressed interest in a live-action spin-off already, and Eckstein told Yahoo that she would be up for the role if Lucasfilm offered.
The likelihood of an Ahsoka solo movie is unclear right now, but she will at the very least see a return on the small screen. Hopefully, the teases here by Eckstein are explored when this happens. But, if this is not the case, surely Filoni and the rest of the Rebels crew have crafted a fitting reintroduction, and possible conclusion, to the character's journey.
Star Wars Rebels season 4 premieres later this year on Disney XD.