'The Mandalorian': We Know What Episode Ahsoka Tano Could Appear In

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The anticipation surrounding the release of the second season of The Mandalorian reached a fever pitch once the rumors of Ahsoka Tano's appearance were supported by evidence of Rosario Dawson's involvement in the show's sophomore season. Now we may know precisely which episode she may appear. The fan blogosphere went into overdrive, theorizing about how her character would fit into the new season of The Mandalorian. There is evidence directly from Disney+ that Ahsoka has a significant role in at least one season two episode.

What We Know Thus Far

Earlier in the year, it was reported that Rosario Dawson would play the live-action version of everyone's favorite Togruta in only one episode. The Dawson episode reportedly features other characters from The Clone Wars and Rebels shows. It has been rumored that Sabine Wren will appear this season, possibly in the same series episode.

We can discern who is behind the scenes with some level of certainty as well. Dave Filoni previously revealed that he directed only one episode of The Mandalorian's sophomore season. He more than likely directed the episode featuring the beloved character he co-created with George Lucas.

Rosario Dawson and Timothy Olyphant were officially confirmed as part of the cast on October 3. From an October 4 Writer's Guild of America West listing, Filoni is registered as the writer of the fifth episode of the season. Rick Famuyiwa wrote the seventh one. He previously directed a few episodes in Season One. The creator of The Mandalorian series, Jon Favreau, wrote the rest.

Why This Matters

There are several reasons why the facts above are significant. A point to remember is who Ahsoka is within the overall franchise. She was more than just a foil for Anakin Skywalker's development and unhinging; she served as an entry point for a new generation of fans into the Star Wars universe.

Filoni has stated several times that he is quite protective of Ahsoka. He wants the world to recognize her as more than an animated character. She is a Star Wars character who can exist in any media. Her story arc, as portrayed in The Clone Wars, cemented her as a crucial character. Therefore, it is only natural to presume Filoni will be the one to bring Ahsoka to live-action life.

Anakin's former Padawan is essential to knitting the small and big screen stories together. She was a powerful former Jedi who survived Order 66. At the end of Star Wars: Rebels, she joined Sabine Wren in her quest to find Ezra Bridger after the Liberation of Lothal.

She is then next heard in the montage of deceased Jedi voices Rey hears toward the end of the film Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. This seemed to imply that she died sometime between the two stories, though her true fate has been left unknown, and Filoni himself has implied that she does not necessarily have to be dead in order for her voice to be heard in that film.

Given that we may get her for only one episode, we might get an answer in The Mandalorian. If so, it will be a bittersweet reunion for fans of this much-loved character. I wish Togrutas could live forever. Fear not, we may still get more animated Ahsoka since there are teases of a Star Wars Rebels sequel series in the development hopper.

A Little History

George Lucas wanted to illustrate Anakin's development from an impetuous, unmolded Padawan in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) to the disciplined Jedi Knight he becomes in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). As the father of two daughters, Lucas also wanted a strong female character to appeal to young girls. The best method to do this was to explore how Anakin would behave as a Master with his own Padawan. Ahsoka's treatment and ultimate exit from the Jedi Order contributed heavily to the undoing of Anakin Skywalker.

Lucas and Filoni partnered to bring the Ahsoka Tano character to life, with the latter writing a rich backstory of her early life. Filoni directed the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie in which Ahsoka made her debut as Anakin Skywalker's Padawan. At first, audience members were a little surprised that Anakin had a Padawan. Some were even openly hostile to the idea. Filoni developed and served as a supervising director for The Clone Wars series, which just completed its seventh and final season earlier this year. As that show progressed, Ahsoka, voiced by the multi-talented Ashley Eckstein, won over the Star Wars fandom.

As the countdown continues to the first episode of The Mandalorian season 2, the marketing teams of Lucasfilm and Disney+ have certainly kept us enthralled with a steady release of materials and merchandise. I plan to be happily broke for the rest of the year.

Source(s): thedirect.com