By now, you’ve probably seen The Mandalorian. It’s a new show that debuted on Disney+ the day it launched in November. People loved it for many reasons: its weekly release schedule, the new characters, and its tie-ins with the larger Star Wars universe. But, of course, Baby Yoda is also the main reason people love the show. And now that Season 1 ended, there are so many ideas about where Season 2 could go. Filming has already begun and a new rumor is swirling around about Ahsoka Tano coming into the mix. How could that work? Spoilers for The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker ahead.
Jon Favreau confirmed ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 release date
The final chapter of The Mandalorian premiered on Dec. 27, a week after The Rise of Skywalker. The end of the year has been Star Wars-filled, and even this show’s ending doesn’t stop that fact. Season 2 is looking to be one of the most-anticipated shows of 2020, which isn’t too shabby for a sophomore season.
Jon Favreau, the showrunner for The Mandalorian, teased a new character for the upcoming second season on his Instagram and Twitter, writing, “Season 2 of #TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020.” If you’ve seen the original trilogy, then you’d probably recognize the alien he posted was a Gamorrean, the same species that guards Jabba’s Palace.
A rumor suggests ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 might have a cameo from the former Jedi, Ahsoka
The site We Got This Covered — known for sharing rumors no matter how reliable they are — shared one recently that suggests Ahsoka Tano might appear in The Mandalorian. While this hasn’t been confirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt, it does pose the question of how Lucasfilm might bring Ahsoka into the live-action part of Star Wars.
In this timeline, The Mandalorian takes place five years after Return of the Jedi. It’s also four years after the Epilogue of Star Wars Rebels, which shows that Ahsoka meets up with Sabine. They team up to look for Ezra, but that’s the last thing we know of Ahsoka’s whereabouts. While we know a lot of what she did before then — like escaping the Empire’s hunt for Jedi, meeting up with Bail Organa, and leading part of the Rebellion — we know zilch about what she’s doing post-Rebels.
Including Ahsoka in Season 2 could be an excellent way to continue her and Sabine’s story and aid Mando in his quest to reunite the Child with his people. It would also unite Baby Yoda with another Jedi, one who’s worked and trained closely with the actual Yoda. Even though Ahsoka technically left the Order, she’s a very strong force-wielder, even a formidable opponent to Darth Vader, and a great teacher.
It seems like Lucasfilm really wants to bring Ahsoka into live-action
It’s no secret that Ahsoka’s one of the most beloved Star Wars characters out there, especially when talking about the animated portion of the franchise. And that love has already crossed over into the live-action portion of the galaxy. In The Rise of Skywalker, she is one of several Jedi voices heard speaking to Rey during her battle with Palpatine. She’s voiced by Ashley Eckstein, who originated the character and has played her ever since.
The rumor about Lucasfilm and Disney’s desire to bring Ahsoka into the bigger universe has existed for a while. And Dave Filoni, Supervising Director for The Clone Wars and more, gave a cryptic response when asked about that possibility. So whether it happens with The Mandalorian or another show — or she gets a spin-off — Ahsoka is going to be around for a long time.