Star Wars Rebels Pretty Much Revealed the Fate of Ahsoka Tano

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The Rebels panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe is going on exactly as I type this, but and of course the first question everyone had was about whether Ahsoka Tano survived her climactic duel with Darth Vader in the end of the season two finale. More surprisingly, director Dave Filoni actually gave us a pretty clear answer.

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Host Warwick Davis asked the question pretty much the minute Filoni hit the stage. Filoni’s answer was that Star Wars puts many characters in danger, but when he likes a character, it’s going to be hard to kill him or her off. And then:

“It’s likely that you might not have seen the last of Ahsoka Tano.”

Filoni then qualified that it could be a flashback, or that fans could “see” her on merchandise like a lunchbox. But then he qualified that again, clearly indicating he was joking. So chances are, not only did she live, but she’ll probably show up at some point in season three

Honestly, I’m of two minds on this. One the one hand, as a fan I’m happy that Ahsoka is alive, but I also can’t help but this that duel with Vader would have been her perfect final moment. It was as action-packed and emotional as we hoped Ahsoka’s fight with her former master would be, and as tragic as it is, it just feels... right that Vader would further propel himself down the dark side by killing his former pupil. What do you think?

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I like Ahsoka. I’d love to see more of her. But I also don’t like the idea of Yoda being retroactively made a liar in RotJ when he says to Luke “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be.”

Sure, you could say “Ahsoka isn’t a Jedi anymore, so Yoda’s wouldn’t be lying if she was still alive during RotJ.” But after Yoda says that, Luke says “Then I *am* a Jedi,” to which Yoda replies “Not yet.” So being a Jedi is *not* just about being granted the title by the council. When Yoda passes away at the end of that conversation, Luke is both the last of the Jedi and also not yet a full Jedi. Unless Ahsoka is dead or has truly disavowed being a Jedi (and that goes for any other Jedi-type characters in Rebels and what-have-you), Yoda would be lying, even if unintentionally.

Other Jedi still being around during the OT could’ve been interesting, of course. In ESB when Yoda says “No, there is another,” that line could’ve been a reference to some unknown Jedi at the time, like Ahsoka. But RotJ makes it clear that the line is in reference to Leia.

I’ve been enjoying Rebels (and Clone Wars before it) but my only problem with Star Wars expanded universe stuff has been when it weakens characters or events in the OT. When you have characters like Ahsoka Tano and Ezra Bridger possibly being alive during A New Hope, and very much being stronger at that time than Luke was, it just makes Luke seem to be more and more a lamb being sent to slaughter.