How Ahsoka Tano’s Storied Star Wars Past Could Inform Her Mandalorian Future

Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the season finale of The Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian brought viewers a litany of memorable characters when it made its debut on Disney+ in November 2019. First, we met bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). Then, we fell in love with the cutest infant in the known universe: the Child, affectionately known as Baby Yoda. We also met Gina Carano’s former Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune, who had no qualms about going toe-to-toe with Mando in battle. When the Jon Favreau-helmed Star Wars spinoff returns in October, it’s slated to introduce another quintessentially Star Wars personality: Ahsoka Tano, who could be joining the popular series with a very important purpose in mind.

Ahsoka became well-loved by fans as they watched her evolve into a powerful independent warrior. She was first introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan apprentice in 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars and later appeared in its animated TV adaptation, followed by the series Star Wars Rebels. Originally assigned to Anakin by Yoda himself in a bid to instill a greater sense of responsibility in his student, the Togruta quickly grew from a scrappy young recruit to a formidable fighter.

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Her path to Jedi knighthood took Ahsoka to some dark places. In the Clone Wars animated series, she was framed for murder and treason by traitorous Jedi Barriss Offee, then cast out from the Order for the better part of a Clone Wars season. Her name was eventually cleared, after Anakin Skywalker conducted his own investigation into the matter, but the process left her disillusioned with the council to which she had dedicated her life. Feeling the Order could no longer act as a force for good, she left the Jedi entirely.

The last time Star Wars fans ever saw Ahsoka was in the epilogue of Star Wars Rebels, which takes place before the events of the film A New Hope. Meanwhile, The Mandalorian is set after the events of Return of the Jedi. Considering that Ahsoka’s last onscreen appearance sees her embark on a quest with a Mandalorian (an individual hailing from the planet Mandalore), it’s feasible that Ahsoka’s appearance in the Disney+ show will address what the character has been doing since the conclusion of Rebels.

As originally reported by Slash Film, Rosario Dawson is planned to portray Ahsoka’s first live-action role in The Mandalorian. (Dawson has yet to officially confirm her involvement.) The character was invented by The Mandalorian producer, writer, and director Dave Filoni in collaboration with Star Wars creator George Lucas, so it seems only natural that the series should bring her closer to reality. But it remains unclear what Ahsoka would be doing in Mando and Baby Yoda’s neck of the woods. Where, exactly, could she fit into the narrative as it stands?

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Here’s where we left off: By the end of the Season 1, the Mandalorian and the Child had escaped quite a few chills and thrills after nearly every bad guy in the galaxy had set their sights on the tiny creature. After Mando’s clever use of a jetpack halted Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) TIE fighter assault, it’s revealed that Moff narrowly survived. Gideon, the show’s main antagonist, is a shadowy personality and conspirator in the initial Great Purge operation to cleanse the universe of the Mandalorians. In one harrowing scene he cuts himself out of the ship’s wreckage using the storied Darksaber.

There are a few ways to connect the dots, and Baby Yoda could come into play here. We’ve glimpsed the Child’s burgeoning Force powers, and have come up with even more fan theories on the story behind his adorable little face. The second season of The Mandalorian will almost certainly explore the creature’s origins and full potential at least in some capacity. It seems written in the stars that Mando himself may have to help the Child harness his skills before an accident happens; perhaps Ahsoka will harness the powers of her evolution from an aggressive, rash Padawan to the confident, mature hero she is today to nurture the Child, keeping him safe and teaching him the ways of the Jedi.

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Throughout her growth, Ahsoka became a beacon of hope for the innocent, even in the darkest of times. Taking care of and guiding the Child is in line with her caring nature. We can certainly expect to learn more about the infant’s true identity and place within the overarching Star Wars lore, and Ahsoka could be part of that journey.

There could also be a much more action-packed explanation for Ahsoka’s introduction to The Mandalorian. At the conclusion of the first season, we know Moff Gideon was in possession of the formidable, ancient Darksaber. Ahsoka has an intimate history with the Jedi artifact, so this twist opens up a few possibilities for potential plot threads.

To recognize those threads, we need to back up to the Rebels saga, where Ashoka made a reappearance. The Darksaber was originally in the care of Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels, but she ultimately surrendered the powerful weapon to lieutenant Bo-Katan Kryze. Kryze used the Darksaber as a tool to rally the Mandalorians during Rebels. In the series finale, we saw Sabine link up with Ahsoka as they set off on a mission to find the Force-sensitive freedom fighter Ezra Bridger.

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It’s not known if Kryze or Sabine will make an appearance in The Mandalorian, and none of these events have been referenced in the first season of the Disney+ series, but this bit of history could arise with Ahsoka’s arrival. A Star Wars Rebels spinoff series featuring a partnership between Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren is rumored to be in the works at Disney+, with Dave Filoni at the helm once more.

Should Ahsoka’s appearance spell the beginning of a new chapter for the Darksaber, we could be looking at a chaotic season. It’s unclear how Moff Gideon came into possession of the blade in the first place, as one must defeat the sword’s previous owner in a duel to wield it. Canonically, it was crafted by the first Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order, Tarre Vizsla, and it’s been mostly in Mandalorian hands throughout Star Wars’ extended universe. In Moff Gideon’s grasp, the dangerous weapon is a ticking time bomb. What will Gideon do with this power, and is Ahsoka the one who could stop him from wreaking havoc?

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At this point, it’s difficult to nail any one explanation down. There are many uncertainties that will surely be cleared up as we inch ever closer to the premiere of The Mandalorian Season 2. For now, get to know Ahsoka by revisiting The Clone Wars and Rebels. There’s a lot of lore to sift through, but there’s still quite a bit of time left before new episodes arrive, too.

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Andrew Jack, “Star Wars” actor, dies at age 76 of coronavirus in Britain – CBS News

“Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.

The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach for actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack’s agent Jill McCullough said in a statement.

“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough said.

Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”

His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia, posted on social media: “Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”

We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.

Take care out there, lovers x@RealHughJackman @chrishemsworth @RobertDowneyJr pic.twitter.com/fm5LevA8n2

— Gabrielle Rogers (@GabrielleRoger1)

Passengers arriving in Australia must isolate in hotels for two weeks.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Greg Grunberg, who co-starred with Jack in Star Wars, wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe.  Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack.”  

Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack pic.twitter.com/VqmmGkxaOF

— GreG GrunberG (@greggrunberg)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Admits He Didn’t Care About Star Wars Canon And History

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson admitted he really didn’t care about Star Wars canon in a recent interview discussing Johnson’s Knives Out film.

Johnson was asked by The Hollywood Reporter’s Natalie Heltzel:

“Whenever you are writing, let’s say you are creating your own universe, you said you don’t think about actors, you are starting something from scratch, how is that approach versus something where you have a pre-existing universe? If you are writing characters for Star Wars, you have this universe, you have characters that everybody knows, and then now you are doing something from scratch. Do you find your approach is different for that?”

Johnson would respond, “No, not at all. Because I don’t really think in terms of universes or in terms of creating worlds or whatever. That’s not that interesting to me.”

He continued, “The only thing that is interesting to me is story. And the story specific to, like whether you are writing a Star Wars film that’s part of a three movie trilogy or a quote unquote original thing like Knives Out, you are still telling a story that is new to the thing that you are doing that it has to work within the context of that movie.”

Johnson added, “So, to me the notion of what’s the entire galaxy or world that you are creating or something, I can’t imagine getting excited about creating that. To me what I’m excited about is creating a two hour long experience for an audience to have in the theater. And that means how they engage moment to moment with the story and the characters that are on the screen. And that doesn’t change in either one of those.”

This answer is not really shocking given the product we saw in The Last Jedi. The movie threw away and completely ignored characterizations and story moments from The Force Awakens. The opening scene of the film is probably the biggest example. General Hux played by Domhnall Gleeson is turned into a complete and utter buffoon as he gets prank called by Poe Dameron.

This is a stark contrast to not only the opening crawl of The Last Jedi, that reads:

“The First Order reigns. Having decimated the peaceful Republic, Supreme Leader Snoke now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the galaxy.”

It continues, “But the Resistance has been exposed. As the First Order speeds toward the rebel base, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape….”

It literally describes Hux and the First Order as merciless legions. But what we get is a bumbling buffoon, who falls for a prank phone call and delays killing Poe Dameron. That’s pretty much the opposite of merciless. If Hux were indeed merciless, he would have blasted Poe Dameron out of the sky without even communicating with him.

It also notes that the First Order decimated the Republic. Who gave that order? General Hux in The Force Awakens. Here’s a refresher.

This is the guy Rian Johnson had on the receiving end of a prank phone call from Poe Dameron in The Last Jedi.

These three moments prove that Johnson believes what he’s preaching, and apparently so did Kathleen Kennedy and the head honchos at Lucasfilm. It’s why the script, the prank phone call scene, and The Last Jedi were approved.

However, radically changing characters that are part of a much larger narrative doesn’t work on audiences. It doesn’t work with Hux and it most certainly doesn’t work on Luke Skywalker, who is probably an even bigger example when it comes altering characters to fit a singular narrative despite three previous films defining who he is as a character in the minds of audiences.

Luke was tested by the Dark Side Force in Return of the Jedi. He even succumbed to those temptations when he attempted to strike down the Emperor and subsequently dueled Darth Vader. However, he would eventually resist those temptations and chose to sacrifice his own body rather than allow his soul to be corrupted by the Dark Side as Anakin Skywalker’s had.

This choice ultimately awakened Vader to his wrong doing and his failure as a father. He then decided to throw Palpatine down the central shaft in order to save his son’s life. That choice also redeemed his soul. He might have been previously consumed by the Dark Side as Obi-Wan Kenobi had previously stated, but this choice to save his son, was also a choice to reject the Dark Side.

In contrast to this Luke Skywalker, who overcame the temptations of the Dark Side, Rian Johnson depicts Luke as an old hermit who has isolated himself from his friends and family. He’s also cut himself off from the Force.

In order to explain why Luke has done this, he shows Luke attempting to murder his nephew, something that would have been previously unimaginable given the Luke Skywalker we knew from The Return of the Jedi. The Luke Skywalker who threw down his lightsaber and sacrificed his own life in an attempt to redeem his father.

Even if you could accept that Luke Skywalker attempted to murder his nephew (I don’t), how can you accept the fact that Luke Skywalker decided to hide himself away in shame. If he came to the realization that Ben was falling to the Dark Side, would he not have gone to the same lengths he went to, to redeem Darth Vader?

This is the major problem with Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, which he is now finally admitting. He didn’t care about the legacy of Star Wars. It was all about the single movie, the “two hour long experience for an audience to have in the theater.”

That’s not how movie series work. That’s not how a trilogy works. And it’s ultimately why the Disney Star Wars films are an utter disaster story and character wise.

What do you make of Johnson’s latest comments? Do you think he’s finally being truthful about Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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The Rise Of Skywalker’s Now The Lowest Rated Star Wars Movie On Rotten Tomatoes

Innovation, surprise and humor – three things you won’t find to be very prevalent in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

At least, that’s according to what the critics have been saying over on Rotten Tomatoes, with the film’s current score on the website standing at a measly 52%. That puts it as the worst-reviewed Star Wars movie in the entire saga, with even The Phantom Menace managing to snag a 53% rating. Ouch!

To date, 469 reviews have been counted by Rotten Tomatoes for The Rise of Skywalker, and the official consensus reads as so: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.” And frankly, that’s a pretty accurate assessment of the Sequel Trilogy-closer.

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To put things into further perspective, here’s how the rest of the entries in the saga have fared: The Empire Strikes Back (94%), The Force Awakens (93%), A New Hope (93%), The Last Jedi (91%), Rogue One (83%), Return of the Jedi (82%), Revenge of the Sith (80%), Solo (70%), and Attack of the Clones (65%). Of course, you could argue that The Clone Wars movie is technically the worst-reviewed film of the franchise, with a shockingly low 18%, but we’re only talking about the live-action efforts here. And when it comes to those, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is indeed at the bottom of the pile.

But as we all know, some movies just take time to find their fanbase and there’s every chance that in 5-10 years, people will look back on the pic and feel more fondly about it. Or maybe not. In any case, it currently stands as a wildly disappointing end to the Skywalker saga and will no doubt have Lucasfilm thinking very, very carefully about how to proceed with the franchise from here on out.

Tell us, though, do you think the pic deserves a score or 52%, or are the critics being too harsh? Sound off below with your thoughts.

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