The Mandalorian Season 2 to bring Star Wars The Clone Wars animated fan favorite to life
By Nick Wager January 26, 2020
After a phenomenal introduction season in late 2019, The Mandalorian has left fans with an enormous amount of questions and a plethora of anticipation which has sparked videos and articles galore. There’s no doubt that Jon Favreau and his team have struck Beskar with their debut Star Wars program for Disney+.
The impression of this first season has taken the world by storm, not only with interesting new adventures in the Star Wars universe–compelling stories, high-stakes action sequences, striking visuals, and a soundtrack that has inspired countless musicians to try their hands at their own versions–it has also brought us the newest Internet meme phenomenon in Baby Yoda. It has inspired cocktails, fan art, crochet patterns, and much more. If anything, this proves that Star Wars still has the ability to influence cultural trends over forty years later.
Even though season two is still at least seven months away, the speculation and sporadic new information has become available as often as we make our way around the sun all the way over here in our galaxy. Recently we have heard that some characters that are already established in the Star Wars canon–what some people have been calling the legacy characters–-are reported to make appearances in the upcoming season alongside Pedro Pascal’s The Mandalorian and others. Until now, we have only been able to conjecture about which characters they would be. Many thought that with the Kenobi series soon underway, Lucasfilm would utilize Ewan McGregor for another flashback sequence of The Clone Wars.
Well, postulators, we have some insight into one of the confirmed season two appearances. Ahsoka Tano (originally voiced by Ashley Eckstein in The Clone Wars and Rebels) will make a significant appearance in season two of The Mandalorian on Disney+ this fall.
While the jury is still out on who will play Anakin Skywalker’s former snippy Jedi Padawan, it is said that Disney and Lucasfilm are currently in the casting process. This news could open up the door to a near infinite amount of possibilities for Star Wars – not just in the scope of The Mandalorian, but also for the entire canon.
So where would Ahsoka be in her story at this point? Well, let us do a quick timeline review to orient ourselves: The Mandalorian is set in the year 7 ABY (that is, After the Battle of Yavin, which is, essentially, Star Wars: A New Hope). This means that it is more or less three years after Return of the Jedi and the defeat of the Second Death Star (which took place in the year 4 ABY). The epilogue of Star Wars Rebels, which is the last time we see Ahsoka, is set in the same exact year as Return of the Jedi and it shows us that Ahsoka, along with Sabine Wren, is off to search for Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Unknown Regions. So, what does that mean for her appearance three years later in this season of The Mandalorian? It’s pretty safe to say that since we last saw Ahsoka with Sabine and Sabine is a Mandalorian herself, there is a good chance that we will also see Sabine Wren in this upcoming season of the show. It’s very likely that she will add some context to the lore behind Mandalore and the Mandalorian traditions, as Ahsoka will also likely do.
In the 2016 novel by E.K. Johnston entitled Ahsoka, we get a look into Ahsoka’s role in “The Siege of Mandalore” which will likely be mentioned in this season of The Mandalorian and provide connections between the current state of the Mandalorians and our protagonist’s past as a Foundling. This is also important to the future of the show and the galaxy, since The Child (Baby Yoda) has now officially been deemed a Foundling. Lastly, we will no doubt learn more of the story behind the Darksaber.
In our opinion, while more Ahsoka Tano can never be a terrible idea, especially with character creator, Dave Filoni, behind the show, it may be wise to use legacy characters as little as possible here. One of the things that makes The Mandalorian so alluring is how it has captured the essence of Star Wars without the help of names like Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. It has proven what many of us have felt for a long time, that the Star Wars galaxy has room for storytelling beyond the Skywalkers and their companions. However, using that same token, there is always room in Star Wars for any character, legacy or otherwise, and no matter what, these new stories will be out of this world!