Over the six seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, fans watched Ahsoka Tano grow from an impulsive but talented padawan into a brave and capable Jedi. Well, almost a Jedi, since during the final episodes of The Clone Wars she was framed for terrorism, put on trial, and expelled from the Jedi Order. Eventually Ahsoka's name was cleared, but the council's willingness to believe her capable of betraying them left her disenchanted with the Jedi. Ahsoka refused their offer to reinstate her, bid goodbye to Anakin and the Order altogether, and chose to follow her own path.
The decision was obviously a tough one for Ahsoka, but it was genius move by the series' creators in that it allowed her the chance to survive the impending slaughter of Order 66. When the animated Star Wars adventures continued with Star Wars Rebels, we learned that not only had Ahsoka survived but that she became an early member of the still-forming Rebellion, utilizing her skills as one of the few remaining Jedi in the galaxy. And during the Rebels' summer special, when the crew of the Ghost met their newest adversary - Darth Vader - Ahsoka sensed something about him, but didn't reveal whether or not she knew Vader to be her old master.
In season 2, Ahsoka's suspicions will lead her to investigate the Sith, as teased in this clip from the Star Wars Rebels season 2 premiere (above).
The inclusion of Ahsoka as Anakin's padawan was already an interesting wrinkle in the Star Wars mythos, but to have Ahsoka still alive and active while Anakin is terrorizing the galaxy as Darth Vader adds yet another level of angst to the story. A confrontation between the two is inevitable, and when it happens it'll surely be an intense battle - a battle that Ahsoka may not survive. The Ahsoka vs Vader showdown could happen in season 2, but then again that sort of duel sounds like a great fit for a series finale; especially if Vader were to kill Ahsoka, adding only more tragedy to the tale of this fallen Jedi.
In addition to the clip there's also a new poster and synopsis for Star Wars Rebels season 2, where yet another familiar face returns - Captain Rex, as was teased in the Rebels season 2 trailer. Take a look below:
In “Star Wars Rebels” Season Two, past lives will be revealed and the destiny of our heroes will be changed forever. The transformative new season resumes with Imperial oppression on Lothal growing stronger and the rebels seeking out new allies and additional resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost enlists some old friends: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so do their enemies. New Inquisitors are dispatched by Darth Vader and sent to crush any threat of rebellion. Through dangerous rescue missions, thrilling space chases, and spectacular lightsaber duels – the bond of our rebel crew will be put to the test like never before.
Star Wars Rebels season 2 premieres October 14th @9:30pm on Disney XD.