The Eight Fates of Ahsoka Tano

One thing is clear, whether the fans hate or love the story arc for the character of Ahsoka Tano, the creative team behind The Clone Wars is putting a lot of effort into trying to get the story right. But Dave’s quote from Comic-Con got me thinking, what are these eight possible fates of Ahsoka Tano and in how many of them does she survive The Clone Wars?

Starting from the premise that there are two potential fates for Ahsoka Tano at the conclusion of TCW series, one path is that she emerges alive, the other is that she perishes. That is the easy part, the difficult part is figuring out and interesting and significant resolution for a character that millions have come to love.

The big question of the series is now that Ahsoka Tano has become so popular, particularly with the female audience would George Lucas be willing to kill her off for the sake of the story, or will he spare her and keep her around for potential future Expanded Universe, animated spin-off or Live-Action series use?

I don’t have any inside information about what Dave Filoni is thinking, but below you will find some informed speculation about potential directions I think he is pondering.

Fate #1: Ahsoka Lives: Leaves Jedi Order before Order 66

If Ahsoka is to live following the Clone Wars, then one likely scenario would be her leaving the Jedi Order and Republic military before Order 66 is initiated. There are a number of storylines that could play out to explain Ahsoka leaving the Order. Perhaps she falls in love with Lux and they decide to leave the conflict behind and run away together. This one seems far fetched, but Ahsoka’s friendship with Lux certainly exposes her to life and relationships outside of the Jedi Order and opens up this possibility.

Perhaps Ahsoka simply becomes disillusioned with the Republic’s war effort. Does Chancellor Palpatine order Ahsoka to do some particularly heinous act. If she does it perhaps it drives a wedge between her and Anakin, or if she refuses perhaps she is removed from the war effort. Maybe she simply cannot emotionally handle killing any more and leaves the Order and the war for those reasons.

Perhaps Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order and joins a splinter group such as those Jedi following Master Altis.

What if Master Yoda fears the war is costing the Jedi to many lives and decides to send a select few Jedi far away into the Unknown Regions or another area of the galaxy to hide and keep the Jedi flame lit should the worst case scenario happen, the Separatists win and the Jedi be crushed in the war. Ahsoka, as a young and powerful Jedi who has learned from some of the Order’s greatest modern Jedi could be a logical choice for such a group.
Fate #2: Ahsoka Dies: Killed before Battle of Coruscant

The continuity police are all over the fact that Ahsoka doesn’t appear in Episode III, nor is she mentioned in the film. The fact that the events in Episode III happen in fairly quick succession, makes it possible that she simply didn’t come up in the discussions between the characters, but what if there is another reason. What if Ahsoka is not mentioned because the other characters are still dealing with her death and are aware of how emotionally affected by the death Anakin was. Members of the Order and Padme would be extra sensitive to Anakin’s emotion because in the case of the Jedi, he is viewed as the Chosen One, but he is also viewed as having attachment issues that could be a path to the Dark Side. As such the Jedi Masters would be wary of wanting to push him for fear that he could fall. Padme may not bring it up out of love, because she knows how much the death affected her husband.

We have a number of characters that could potentially bring about the death of Ahsoka. I don’t think they would have a minor character kill Ahsoka, and I also think it is more likely then not she would be killed by a Force-user The most likely of which would be in no particular order, Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress, and Darth Maul.

Darth Maul is set to make a return to the realm of the living in TCW, presumably we will see him at some point in Season 4. His return was foreshadowed in the Season 3 Nightsisters Trilogy. Dual-bladed lightsaber versus Ahsoka and her two lightsaber fighting style would be a real cool battle to see. It would also set up the scenario where Anakin kills the resurrected Maul out of revenge or hatred and furthers his inevitable fall to the Dark Side. The Savage Opress killing Ahsoka story would be roughly the same as the Darth Maul one.

Asajj Ventress began the series as one of the main villains and even though she has broken with Dooku, perhaps she could hunt and kill Ahsoka in a bid to get back into Dooku’s good graces after the Nightsisters, potentially her only ally are defeated.

Count Dooku of the villains would be my favorite candidate to kill Ahsoka. Lets take a look back at Episode III, when Anakin kills Dooku.

Supreme Chancellor: [Anakin cuts off Dooku’s hands ending the battle. Anakin catches Dooku’s lightsabre and ignites it and puts both lightsabres to his neck] Good, Anakin, good. Kill him.
[Dooku looks at Palpatine in shock]
Supreme Chancellor: Kill him now.
Anakin Skywalker: I shouldn’t…
Supreme Chancellor: Do it!
Anakin Skywalker: [Anakin decapitates Dooku] I couldn’t stop myself.
Supreme Chancellor: You did well, Anakin. He was too dangerous to be kept alive.
Anakin Skywalker: Yes, but he was an unarmed prisoner.
[frees Chancellor Palpatine]
Anakin Skywalker: I shouldn’t have done that. It’s not the Jedi way.
~IMDB Ep. III Quotes
Why might Dooku have been to dangerous to be kept alive, why might Anakin have been angry enough with him to kill him in cold blood? Perhaps Dooku killed Ahsoka in the waning days of the Clone Wars.

One potential odd ball fate is related to the Mortis trilogy in which Ahsoka died and was brought back to life by the life force of the Daughter channeled into her by Anakin. Perhaps this fix was only temporary and Ahsoka eventually weakens and dies as the Daughter’s life force fades within her.

Fate #3: Ahsoka Lives: Escapes Order 66

The Dark Times between Episodes III and IV is part of the Star Wars timeline that is ripe for storytelling and exploration. This happens to be the setting of the currently on-hold Live-Action series. What little we know about the Live-Action series is that it isn’t going to focus on Jedi or the main characters from the movies, but instead will focus on other parts of the Star Wars universe. As a result it seems likely that Ahsoka wouldn’t be planned on appearing in the series, however her surviving the Clone Wars and appearing in the series would certainly help bring some fans from the cartoon to the Live-Action series as they grow up and mature. Even if she was not to be in the Live-Action series, there is always the possibility they could do another cartoon series or use Ahsoka in novels, comics or games in the future.

How exactly could Ahsoka escape Order 66? Ahsoka could pull a Yoda and kill the Clones sent to execute her then go into hiding. Ahsoka could be saved by a friendly clone such as Captain Rex or ARC Trooper Fives. The Clone could desert and go on the run with Ahsoka or could die protecting her while she escaped. One idea that I like is to have someone help Ahsoka escape, perhaps Mon Mothma performs a service for Ahsoka similar to what Bail Organa did for Obi-Wan and Anakin in Episode III.

Fate #4: Ahsoka Dies: Darth Vader’s Jedi Purge

If by chance Ahsoka managed to escape Order 66, The Clone Wars series could do a story arc set in the immediate aftermath of Episode III where Vader is doing the initial purge of any Jedi suspected or rumored to have escaped the Clones assassinations. Darth Vader in his suit in the Clone Wars animated style would be awesome to see and would also create tons of merchandising opportunities for the franchise.

This would be a very dark way to end the series, but not the darkest. Just wait till I get to the end of the list.
Fate #5: Ahsoka Lives: Spared by Darth Vader

An interesting twist on the Jedi Purge storyline would be for Vader (in armor) after Episode III to track down a rumored Jedi only for it to turn out to be Ahsoka. In the last compassionate act we see on screen by Vader until Episode VI, he would spare Ahsoka, leaving her to go into hiding. Ahsoka wouldn’t have knowledge that Vader is Anakin unless they wrote it in a way that he told her. She could simply be confused but thankful for the mercy.

I kind of like this ending because it shows that there is still some good in Anakin, no matter how far he has fallen. It would also show that his attachment issue is a problem for his commitment both to the Jedi and now to the Sith.

Fate #6: Ahsoka Dies: Anakin Kills Ahsoka

Ahsoka dying at the hands of Anakin would only add to the tragedy that is the Anakin Skywalker story. But this loss, the grief, fear and regret that it would cause could only help explain Anakin’s extreme fear of losing Padme in Episode III. There are two major scenarios that I would see in my mind for this one. The first is that Anakin accidentally kills Ahsoka. One idea is that the accidental death could occur during a battle when Anakin loses control and uses the Dark Side in some way, perhaps he accidentally unleashes a massive bout of Force Lightning and Ahsoka is caught in its path.

The other major scenario, would be very dark and may just be too extreme to be likely. If Ahsoka learns of Anakin’s relationship with Padme and threatens to to the Jedi Council, perhaps Anakin may lose control in a fit of anger/fear and kill her. Not in a premeditated action, but in the spur of the moment, either overwhelmed by emotion or the Dark Side. Immediately he would regret it and it would stain his soul.

Fate #7: Ahsoka Lives: Anakin mindwipes Ahsoka

One off-beat scenario would only be potentially possible because Anakin is so immensely powerful in the Force. I can see a story-line where Ahsoka learns of Anakin’s marriage to Padme. Ahsoka doesn’t want to betray her Master but feels duty bound to inform the Council. Anakin resorts to the drastic measure of using his Force powers to mind wipe Ahsoka. Perhaps he goes to far and creates a permanent amnesia. This amnesia could be total, or only to a certain point in the past, or only temporary. After he wipes her memory of him and being a Jedi he could maroon her on some out of the way planet and hope that she never finds her way back to Coruscant or anyone that knows who she is. Inadvertently this act would save Ahsoka’s life because she would be safe from the initial slaughter of Order 66. It could also set up a story where she slowly regains her memory, realizing that she is a Jedi, but becoming aware of what she is in a galaxy that fears and hunts her kind.

Fate #8: Ahsoka Dies: Darth Vader’s Assault on the Jedi Temple

The final scenario I will present you with, is the most unlikely, the most controversial, yet one that because George Lucas is a tinkerer, one that I wouldn’t be shocked to see.

[Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda are escaping the Jedi temple as Obi-Wan noticed the hologram center]
Obi-Wan: Wait, Master. There is something I must know.
Yoda: If into the security recordings you go, only pain will you find.
Obi-Wan: I must know the truth, Master.
[Obi-Wan watches the recordings of Jedi, even younglings, being slaughtered]
Obi-Wan: It can’t be… It can’t be…
Anakin Skywalker: The traitors have been taken care of, Lord Sidious.
Darth Sidious: Good… Good… you have done well, my apprentice. Now Lord Vader, go and bring peace to the Empire.
Obi-Wan: [switches off the hologram] I can’t watch any more.
Yoda: Destroy the Sith we must.
~IMDB Ep. III Quotes
What if Ahsoka was in the Jedi Temple when Anakin arrived to do “what must be done?” Ahsoka giving her life in a massive lightsaber duel against her Master, attempting to protect younglings from his slaughter. This would be an incredibly heroic way for Ahsoka to go out. Perhaps she even protects some Padawans or Knights who manage to escape and then are used in future Expanded Universe stories or in the Live-Action series.
It would of course be extremely controversial with fans. Obi-Wan seeing Anakin kill fellow Jedi and younglings would be bad enough, but it would be the ultimate gut punch to see Anakin kill Ahsoka.

In the end, the fate of Ahsoka Tano is in the hands of George Lucas and Dave Filoni, based on the quality of the series so far I am sure they will come up with something pretty good and it will probably be something I haven’t even thought of.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars News: The Series Was Planned For 7 Or 8 Seasons

In our latest Rebels Report podcast we interviewed The Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman who worked on four seasons on the show only two of which have aired as seasons four and five.

Brent revealed that they had completed writing on seasons six and seven including a series finale story arc. He went on to say that there were enough episodes written that the show could have also included an eighth season.

According to Brent the season 7 finale arc was hotly debated in the writers room. Just how was the series going to end is a question that fans may not ever get the answer to.

While it doesn’t seem likely that they will ever revisit the series in the animated form after the bonus content is released I would love to see them release novelizations of these unaired story arcs, a “Making of” book by J.W. Rinzler or even a compilation book of the un-aired scripts.

LEGO Star Wars Rebels Ghost and Phantom Set Preliminary Images Leaked

Preliminary images have surfaced from LEGO’s product catalog which show us the two ships that will be the first LEGO Star Wars Rebels line toys. The Ghost, set number: 75053 and Phantom, set number: 75048.

Rumor of these sets broke at the beginning of this month, some fans have been able to see them at the recent London Toy Fair and more will no doubt see them at the upcoming New York Toy Fair.

YouTube user Lego Leaks Mexico has post a number of videos showing images of upcoming LEGO products. Among these videos are one for The Ghost and one for Phantom.

Goodbye Mr. Allston

It is always unfortunate when someone passes away young. It is with a heavy heart that I heard the news of Aaron Allston’s passing.

I have had the pleasure to meet or talk to a number of Star Wars authors, unfortunately Aaron Allston was someone I never had the pleasure to meet. From all accounts Aaron was a great person as well as being a great author.

It seems trivial now that he has passed away to focus on his work in Star Wars because to so many people he was so much more. My relationship with Allston occurred between the covers 13 Star Wars novels. The beautiful thing about creative folks like authors is that if they do their art well, they pour a little bit of themselves into each of their works. So I like to think after spending countless hours with Aaron’s prose as he took my imagination to fantastic heights and unfathomable depths that I got to know the author, at least a bit.

The thing that always struck me about Aaron was he did two extraordinary things in his Star Wars novels. He was for my money the author that captured the humor in Star Wars the best. Far to many people fail to include that in their interpretation of Lucas’ masterpiece. At the same time that he was able to capture the humor of Star Wars, he also wrote some of the most powerful and evocative death scenes.

Aaron’s characters were emotionally whole, they felt the full range of human (or alien) emotions and as a result the reader felt these emotions with the character.

I know that the Star Wars community lost a great writer today, but I am sure the world lost a better person.

Episode VII Rumor: Are We Going to Corellia?

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Jedi News’ main Episode VII rumor source, “Jedi Master SQL” recently told the website that:

JN: What can you tell us about the outline for Episode Seven?

SQL: Very little, but one small hint. Star Wars The Old Republic has added a planet that has long been mentioned but never seen on film…

Now there are a number of planets that have existed as either a mention in the original trilogy or in the Expanded Universe.

If I were placing bets my money would be on Ord Mantell or Corellia, with the latter being the smart bet. Ord Mantell was first mentioned in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo says, “Well, the bounty hunter we ran into on Ord Mantell changed my mind.”

Corellia was first mentioned in the novelization for Episode IV: A New Hope on page 78, when Obi-Wan and Luke walk into the Mos Eisley cantina and Obi-Wan says, “Corellians–pirates, most likely.” In the film the first mention of Corellia is again by Han Solo when he talks about ships from the planet, “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I’m talking about the big Corellian ships now. She’s fast enough for you old man. What’s the cargo?”

I believe that Corellia makes the most sense and would be the most appealing across the board location for original trilogy as well as Expanded Universe fans. Will we being going for the first time on screen to Han Solo’s homeworld in Episode VII?

Audio Excerpt: James Luceno’s Tarkin

The next Star Wars novel to be released will be James Luceno’s new book Tarkin. This is Luceno’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Darth Plagueis.

You can listen to a brief clip from the novel that gives a bit of a taste of what the rest of the book contains and gives us some context about the book. It is curious that clip mentions a memoir written by Tarkin that was published after his death. I wonder if this novel is going to be set as an elaboration on Tarkin’s memoir. In this small clip of audio we get a ton of back story for Tarkin added to the canon as well as the Tarkin Doctrine.

Synopsis:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.
He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.
Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.
Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction.

Star Wars Rebels News & Rumors: New LEGO Star Wars 2014 Listings

New LEGO Star Wars sets are starting to leak on-line from what appears to be a preliminary catalog listing from LEGO. The news was first brought to my attention by Twitter user Colin Hervat

The Hungarian website Legomarkabolt.hu has a listing of the LEGO Star Wars products including the new 2014 items. The website Groovebricks.com also has a listing including item numbers for the new sets.

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The french website Hothbricks.com points us towards a pair of Statigram and Flickr accounts that have some pictures from what may be a preliminary Summer 2014 LEGO product catalog.

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If you look at the bottom of the AT-AT set it appears that we may be getting a partial view of the Ghost set #75053.

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Jedi News has some interesting comments about the LEGO Star Wars listings but I will focus on the ones that may have some Rebels connection.

Phantom – #75048 – Ages 7-12 – Pieces: Unknown – Price £24.99 – guessing that this is from the new animated TV show Rebels which will air later this year on Disney XD, especially based on the reduced age range. Perhaps this is a ship related to the Inquisitor – time will tell.
Jedi Hunter Frontier – #75051 – Ages 8-14 – Pieces: 490 – Price £59.99 – we expect this to be the Inquisitors ship from the new animated TV show Rebels.
The Ghost – #75053 – Ages 9-14 – Pieces: Unknown – Price £89.99 – we already know this to be the ship used by the Rebels in the new animated TV series of the same name coming later this year.
It is interesting to note that Jedi Hunter Frontier #75051 has four mini-figures in it, Jek-14, an Ithorian Jedi Master, an RA-7 Protocol Droid, and an black and yellow/grey Astromech Droid. It is even more interesting that the Jek-14 figure is different than the previous one which was included in Jek-14’s Stealth Starfighter set #75018. The Jek-14 figure in set #75051 appears to be in armor based of of Imperial Stormtroopers instead of Clonetroopers. Whether this means Jek-14 will appear on Star Wars Rebels or that we will be getting more animated LEGO adventures featuring him isn’t clear.

Star Wars Rebels News & Rumors: Meet Zeb and Ezra Bridger and The Phantom

South African LEGO retailer Kiddiwinks.co.za has released item descriptions and piece counts for two LEGO Star Wars Rebels sets coming in Summer of 2014.

The Ghost: Item No: 75053, Ages: 9 – 14, Pieces: 929
Pilot The Ghost with 2 cockpits, 360-degree rotating gun turret, spring-loaded shooters, detachable escape pods, Holocron and more.
Product Summary: Join the Rebel heroes aboard The Ghost!
Get ready to battle the Empire with the Rebel heroes’ awesome starship – The Ghost – as seen in the thrilling Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series! Stay on course with Rebel minifigures in the two cockpits and put Zeb on patrol in the 360-degree rotating Join the Rebel heroes aboard The Ghost!
Phantom: Item No: 75048, Ages: 7 – 12, Pieces: 234
Take on evil Imperial forces in The Phantom with opening cockpit, 2-way spring-loaded shooter, rear cargo compartment and more.
Product Summary: Fly The Phantom into battle against the evil Empire!
Join the Rebel resistance against the evil Empire in The Phantom attack shuttle, as seen in the exciting Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series! Place young Rebel hero Ezra Bridger in the detachable cockpit and store his cadet helmet and blaster in the carg(o compartment) Fly The Phantom into battle against the evil Empire!
So it appears that we have the names to two of the show’s main characters Zeb and Ezra Bridger.

This seems to back up the guess that we made based on a shot of note cards from the Star Wars Rebels offices. On the note cards the name Kanan and Ezra seem to appear.

It is interesting that there only appears to be one character with the surname Bridger in Star Wars canon and that is Jedi Quartermaster Waldan Bridger. Bridger was a Jedi Knight who died in 20 BBY at General Grievous. Star Wars Rebels is set in 5 BBY, it is possible that Zeb and Ezra could be siblings and they could be related to Waldan Bridger.

Based on the description it appears that Ezra is a male, but it isn’t clear about Zeb’s gender. It also appears that they may have been Imperial cadets on Lothal or elsewhere before striking out on their own. Perhaps they had their own Han Solo meets Chewbacca moment.

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It also appears that I was mistaken in assuming the name for the Ghost‘s shuttle was the Wolf. It turns out that the name of this assault shuttle will be the Phantom.

Star Wars Rebels Report: Should Ahsoka Tano Appear In Star Wars Rebels?

Perhaps no character has undergone as dramatic a shift in the perceptions of fandom than Ahsoka Tano. Initially the introduction of Snips in The Clone Wars movie was met by much consternation and some downright hostility from fans. Very quickly however and throughout the course of The Clone Wars series Ahsoka Tano became the central character of the series and built up a devoted following of new fans and stole the hearts of longtime fans as well.

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“Future Ahsoka” by Raikoh-illust

The character arc of Ahsoka Tano is fascinating in many ways, she has her own hero’s journey to follow but she also embellishes the tragic fall of Anakin Skywalker and the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

I have discussed the topic of Ahsoka’s fate previously in an article titled, “The Eight Fates of Ahsoka Tano,” where I broke it down into eight main possibilities;

Fate #1: Ahsoka Lives: Leaves Jedi Order before Order 66.
Fate #2: Ahsoka Dies: Killed before Battle of Coruscant.
Fate #3: Ahsoka Lives: Escapes Order 66.
Fate #4: Ahsoka Dies: Darth Vader’s Jedi Purge.
Fate #5: Ahsoka Lives: Spared by Darth Vader.
Fate #6: Ahsoka Dies: Anakin Kills Ahsoka.
Fate #7: Ahsoka Lives: Anakin mindwipes Ahsoka.
Fate #8: Ahsoka Dies: Darth Vader’s Assault on the Jedi Temple.
At the close of The Clone Wars series we had a final story arc focused on Ahsoka Tano, the episodes “Sabotage” (5.17), “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much”(5.18), “To Catch a Jedi” (5.19), “The Wrong Jedi” (5.20).

In this arc Ahsoka is framed for a bombing within the Jedi Temple and charged with the murder of clones. She escapes from prison while Anakin and other’s search for her. While a fugitive the truth is revealed that her former friend and fellow padawan Barriss Offee was the one behind the attack and the framing of Ahsoka. The heart of the story is that while Anakin remained confident in his padawan, the Jedi Council did not. They stripped her of her rank and privileges within the Order and when the truth was revealed they tried to invite her back into the Order. As hard as it was to leave the only family she had ever known, Ahsoka’s faith broken in the Jedi, she decided to leave the Order and her master.

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Ahsoka’s story on The Clone Wars and the series itself ends with Ahsoka Tano having just left the Jedi Order and walking into the sunset. This plays perfectly into the first of my outlined fates, by leaving the Jedi Order before Order 66 takes place it increases the likelihood that Ahsoka survives the Prequel trilogy era.

Ahsoka surviving the end of The Clone Wars leads to the obvious question of whether or not she should appear on the new show, Star Wars: Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels will be set 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and thus 5 years before the Battle of Yavin.*

The setting of Rebels does not preclude the inclusion of Ahsoka Tano in the series. It is important to note that Lucasfilm has mentioned that the series will flow in a much more chronological way than The Clone Wars did. So if Ahsoka is in the series there likely won’t be a lot of time to go backward and explore what she has been doing for 15 years. This isn’t a huge issue because those gaps can be filled in by other media such as novels or comics. I think that Ahsoka is a marketable enough character and there is enough interest in her story that I doubt that Disney will not feature her in some animated feature project. If you look at the Marvel and DC home entertainment releases you see a lot of direct to video features. It would seem fitting that Ahsoka would get that kind of treatment at some point down the road. Exactly how soon that would be remains to be seen. My pipe dream is that the recently leaked news about Darth Vader television specials in 2014 would be that they are a mini-series or a few feature-length animated features focusing on the Jedi Purge and ending with a confrontation of Ahsoka versus Vader.

In season five of The Clone Wars we saw Ahsoka take the lead of a group of Younglings in a story arc that was rumored to be a test for a possible spin-off series featuring a new group of young Jedi characters. While it certainly appears any plans Lucas may have had for such a series are dead, it isn’t that far off from what we think we know about the structure of the heroes in Rebels. It is generally assumed that the heroes in Rebels will be predominantly teenagers, pairing them with a veteran Jedi to act as a guide and advisor would make a lot of sense for the story. It would be easy to see Ashoka in this sort of mentoring role, because not only did we see her in the Younglings arc, but we also saw her in other situations such as on Mandalore where she was serving as a teacher.

This leads me to think about what exactly Ahsoka may have been up to in the intervening years. At the end of the season five episode “Tipping Points” we see Ahsoka’s friend Lux reveal that he is being appointed by King Dendup to represent the planet in the Galactic Senate. I like to think that Ahsoka may have taken a long vacation to Onderon to a planet that she helped liberate from Separatist control. The fact that Onderon appears to have rejoined the Republic and that Lux was a Senator could mean that it is just to visible a place for her to have stayed through Order 66 and not ended up on one of Palpatine’s most wanted lists. So either Lux left the Senate and he and Ahsoka went somewhere else, or the reuniting of Lux and Ahsoka never went beyond a brief reuniting of old friends.

For any Jedi to survive during the New Order, it would make sense to get as far off the grid and as far away from the Empire’s loci of power as possible. This would mean fleeing to areas of space such as the Outer Rim, Wild Space and the Unknown Regions or such isolated self-governed areas as The Hapes Consortium or the Corporate Sector. Of course with Ahsoka there is also the possibility that she may have discovered the Mortis Monolith or another Monolith and spent a considerable amount of time there. In any event, an area of space such as the Outer Rim and a planet such as Lothal are places just as likely as not to find a former Jedi like Ahsoka Tano during the Empire’s rule.

So if the setting of the show allow for Ahsoka Tano to fit into the series, the question becomes should she appear in the series?

I am an unabashedly huge fan of the character of Ahsoka Tano, but I would have some reservations if she was featured heavily in the first season of Star Wars Rebels. If we are introducing a new cast of heroes and villains with some characters from the films or The Clone Wars being sprinkled in, we really want to spend the majority of the time and shine the spotlight on these new characters. It takes time to build up the personalities of these characters and to get the audience to buy into them. If you start the show with Ahsoka as part of the regular cast or if you bring her on later in the season she will steal the spotlight and may not give the new characters enough of a chance to shine.

Assuming Ahsoka is not used in some other media either animated films or licensed books or comics that deal with her death, before 5 BBY I think we will see her in Rebels. If you look at how they handled this sort of appearance in The Clone Wars, I would argue that Darth Maul is probably the most comparable. What we will see when Ahsoka is brought to Rebels is that it will almost certainly be a season finale/season premier tease and payoff. Where she appears at the last second in a season finale episode and then we see the explanation and payoff of why she is appearing in the first story arc of the next season.Ahsoka_Tano_-_sad_future

I think Rebels deserves to have its chance to develop new characters, so I don’t think we will see Ahsoka Tano until the season finale of season two at the earliest. This would lead to her featuring heavily in the first story arc of season three and from their potentially being a recurring character if not a main cast member.

Do you think Ahsoka will appear on Star Wars Rebels? Should she?

*Editor’s note: the Battle of Yavin is the primary in-universe dating system with the battle representing year 0, events before the battle are denoted as Before the Battle of Yavin, BBY. Events that occur After the Battle of Yavin are denoted ABY.