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Disney recently released the trailer for the next season of The Mandalorian and Star Wars fans are excited.

But while the new season is much anticipated after the setup of season one, there are new elements fans are looking forward to in season two as well. One of those that’s been rumored is the reintroduction of fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano.

While most Star Wars fans see this as welcome news, some are concerned it won’t go as well as they expect. 

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 1 recap

Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau of 'The Mandalorian'
Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau of ‘The Mandalorian’ | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

According to the Disney website, season one of The Mandalorian followed a “lone gunfighter” who wears Mandalorian armor in the style of the classic Star Wars character, bounty hunter Boba Fett. The show takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and well before the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The Empire is no more and the New Republic runs the galaxy. 

The Mandalorian (referred to by some as “Mando”) received a high-priced bounty for a small creature known only as “The Child” (though the internet dubbed it “Baby Yoda”). Unable to let the child go, Mandalorian takes off throughout the galaxy keeping it safe. 

The show was a critical and commercial success. Critics loved the show’s simple storylines and ability to build atmosphere without being overly complex. Fans loved the show’s ability to feel like a Star Wars story without referring to the Skywalker saga.

You can see creatures, weapons, and ships pop up in the show that were featured in the original Star Wars trilogy along with cool Easter eggs. For example, In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader tells Boba Fett that he wants his victims delivered alive, “no disintegrations.”

The Mandalorian can be seen disintegrating several people throughout the show, calling back to that reference. 

Who is Ahsoka Tano? 

Ahsoka Tano debuts in the animated series The Clone Wars. She’s Anakin Skywalker’s padawan and viewers follow the young Jedi as she receives training and becomes more adept. She’s known for being a kind-hearted character, but also not afraid to talk back to Skywalker when the situation calls for it. She was also featured on the animated series Rebels as an older, wiser former Jedi. 

While Ahsoka has become an incredibly popular character, she’s only been featured as an animated character thus far. This will be her first live-action appearance as she’s rumored to pop up in season two played by Rosario Dawson according to Entertainment Weekly.

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A Reddit thread dedicated to discussing season two of the show brought up Ahsoka’s involvement. One fan was concerned that it wouldn’t work, stating: 

“I can’t see a way of having Ahsoka in the show without it being disappointing. The moment her name gets dropped or she gets screen time it’s going to be hard to think of anybody else. But if it is just a cameo it’ll feel cheap and make me want to know wtf she was doing before and after her cameo.”

One of the reasons season one of The Mandalorian was so effective was that it was devastatingly simple. There were Easter eggs and references to Star Wars, but the main story didn’t tie into the Skywalker saga. Ahsoka is a part of the Skywalker story, so her presence could complicate things.

It also sets up big expectations that might be impossible to live up to. The show was immensely popular as is this character. Combining them may be more likely to disappoint than pay off.