The Fate of Ahsoka Tano: How Dave Filoni’s Plan Has Rewarded Our Patience

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The fate of Ahsoka Tano is something fans have pondered over since the season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels. Dave Filoni did not help put speculation to rest at Star Wars Celebration 2017, wearing a shirt that said “Ahsoka Lives?”, then changing into one that said “Ahsoka lives!” We saw her walk into some sort of broken structure at the end of season 2. Was she dead? Was this a Force vision? We finally have our answer…

 

 

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Ahsoka lives! We finally know what happened to one of our favorite Jedi when Ezra Bridger saved her within the place known as “a world between worlds”. While the moment alone is massive, that’s not the point of this article. More important than that moment itself, is that Dave Filoni has had this whole thing planned out since season 2. In June of 2016, Topps released these official trading cards drawn by Filoni:

 

 

While we didn’t know the significance of the cards back then, we do now. What’s amazing is that Dave Filoni has had Ahsoka’s fate planned out for so long. In these images we see the portal opening, the cracked floor she creates by stabbing her lightsabers into the ground, and the significance of her Convor. The cryptic mystery behind these images was fleshed out well, and with purpose in the episode. Now revisiting season 2, it makes so much sense.

 

Filoni having had this planned out for so long is extremely encouraging to Star Wars fans. We know he loves to give little hints like this. This type of planning is something that (forgive me for saying so) has not been as evident in the sequel trilogy films so far. Not to say that there hasn’t been planning like this, but we just haven’t seen it.

 

 

A lot of people have issues with the sequel trilogy not having one singular vision, with multiple people writing, directing, and producing the films. The area where this is most noticeable is Luke’s reaction to Rey at the end of The Force Awakens, which seems to be quite different in tone than when we pick up at the beginning of The Last Jedi.

 

This is just once instance and does not mean everything in Star Wars should be handled by one person (Lucas already did that with the prequels). Having many different voices can make for a great product. Yet, as we saw in this episode of Star Wars Rebels, having one singular vision can be a beautiful thing.

 

The level of story-mapping displayed here truly showcases Dave Filoni’s talent and dedication. Having learned under the creator of this mythology, George Lucas, Filoni knows how to tell a story.

 

 

Having this type of vision is something that would be super useful, not only the TV shows, but films as well. Having that clear vision for a trilogy or series of movies would be an extreme delight.

With “A World Between Worlds”, Dave Filoni shows us just how useful teasing an audience can be. After waiting and waiting to discover Ahsoka’s fate, fans were heavily rewarded this week. This is something that, as a Star Wars fan, I highly respect. I look forward to seeing what Filoni does next within the Star Wars universe.

 

 

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76 thoughts on “The Fate of Ahsoka Tano: How Dave Filoni’s Plan Has Rewarded Our Patience

  • February 28, 2018 at 12:11 am
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    THis thread is 8 times as good as TLJ

    • February 28, 2018 at 1:01 am
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      Ahsoka is also 8 times more interesting than Poe Dameron.

      • February 28, 2018 at 1:20 am
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        Wow, what a comparison. Congratulate yourself for writing something so meaningful.

        • February 28, 2018 at 5:52 am
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          …and I imagine what Admiral Raddus’ reply to your response to GoOWK will be. “I say we fight !! ” LOL.

      • February 28, 2018 at 5:10 am
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        No, she isn’t. Her story arc, forged over the course of years of the character’s existence, is small and insignificant. Poe’s story arc over the course of a few hours changes the game for the franchise as a whole.

        • February 28, 2018 at 1:39 pm
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          How in the world does anything that happened to Poe change the franchise..?

          Don’t get me wrong. Poe’s growth in TLJ was my favorite. He developed naturally without feeling forced. Something I didn’t expect from a sort of tacked on character from TFA.

          I wish they others had been handled as well. Even if I may not have fully liked the supporting characters around Poe. To be clear Leia was awesome. Their whole relationship was awesome.

        • February 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm
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          Mmm interesting, in what way do you think Poe’s arc a game changer for the franchise? For me he learnt how to be a leader instead of just a pilot, nothing more. That’s hardly a franchise altering arc. Also, I don’t see Ahsoka’s story as small and insignificant. Her story intertwined with that of the clone wars and with Anakin’s story. One of the most pivotal moments in the galaxy. She also played a role in the founding of the rebellion as fulcrum.

      • February 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm
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        Also needless.

      • February 28, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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        Also 9 times more interesting than Rey.

    • February 28, 2018 at 9:46 am
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      To you. Not to me

    • February 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm
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      This is needless trolling

  • February 28, 2018 at 12:13 am
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    I do know that If Episode IX is the end of the Skywalker saga in general, I want some visual connectivity that will wrap up the whole saga. I want to see, Force Ghost, force visions or holograms of Anakin, Shmi, Padme, Obi-wan, Qui Gon Jin, Luke, Leia, Han, Lando and Yoda and the bad guys of Vader and Palpatine. If they want to blow our minds with the whole canon, they can show images of Ahsoka, Clone Captain Rex, The Ghost Crew. I know they mention Vader a lot, but it would be nice to see Anakin too. It can be done through R2D2 projecting the images to Kylo and Rey, or Kylo and Rey having shared force visions. I am sure that there is a clever way to do it. I love how Dave Filoni is good at connecting all the canon material. I just want the sequel trilogy to do the same.

  • February 28, 2018 at 12:42 am
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    Ahsoka is one of my favourite characters. Long may she live.
    It would have been great if Dave Filoni had written the sequel trilogy but then have different directors do each episode.

  • February 28, 2018 at 12:48 am
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    Every word in that article is right 🙂

  • February 28, 2018 at 1:56 am
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    Star Wars: Reboot

    • February 28, 2018 at 5:50 am
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      More like REBOOT: A STAR WARS STORY

  • February 28, 2018 at 2:42 am
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    Well said. I wonder if Filoni will ever get his own live-action trilogy… Count me in if he does.

    • February 28, 2018 at 6:12 am
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      He was on set with Rian a lot so I’ve been wondering if that was some “training” for a live action film. They also seem to be good buddies so I wonder if Filoni could direct one of the movies in Rian’s trilogy.

  • February 28, 2018 at 3:31 am
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    Filoni is such a masterful storyteller and I have so much respect for him. These last few Rebels episodes have just been astounding.

    I also love TLJ, and enjoy TFA, but I have to agree not mapping out the sequel trilogy is incredibly dumb on Lucasfilm’s part. Maybe it’ll come together wonderfully in IX but, at the very least, it should be a giant lesson for the company.

    • February 28, 2018 at 5:08 am
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      The Original Trilogy and the Indiana Jones Trilogy were not planned out fully. The sequel trilogy has already been completely mapped out and has been since 2013-14. Lucasfilm doesn’t need a lesson in planning out there franchises.

      • February 28, 2018 at 6:11 am
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        It’s well documented how George had a lot of Star Wars mapped out when he was forming his ideas for the first film and a lot of it changed along the way. Indiana Jones doesn’t have driving narrative throughout the three films so I don’t think its comparable.

        I agree though that any trilogy or long-form story doesn’t necessarily have to be mapped out, so long as it has the same creative forces driving it (as was the case with your examples). However, the sequel trilogy was meant to be the combined vision of three people, now two. So with such differing creative forces it only makes sense to have the general structure of the narrative mapped out.

        Also, it’s also been well documented by Rian Johnson how the trilogy wasn’t mapped out as Lucasfilm let him basically do whatever he wanted. I loved what he did but do struggle to see the overall narrative of the trilogy. I like now knowing what’s coming next and have full confidence IX will tie it together nicely. However, I think you need a map when bringing different people on-board for each chapter as things can easily become muddled.

      • February 28, 2018 at 9:53 am
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        Maybe but the facts doen’t give you right. It’s not just from random few fans across the world. the storytelling, rythm and script are a mess and alls questions raised by 7 are just ignored in 8. Just sayin’

        • February 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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          Not really.

          • February 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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            Do you mind to develop ?

          • February 28, 2018 at 7:53 pm
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            I don’t see the mess in Episode 8 and the questions raised were answered, just not in the way you liked.

          • February 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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            Come on. Denying facts doesn’t make them disappear. Sorry man.

          • February 28, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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            Being vague doesnt work well. What did you believe needed to be answered in Ep8 that wasnt?

          • March 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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            I don’t think that every question from TFA has to be answered to anybody’s likings but I would like to point out that the questions in TFA were raised for a reason and were what made TFA a good film that was talked about. IMHO there was no reward for the audience in TLJ. These questions were almost all but forgotten. While I liked aspects of TLJ and appreciate taking risks I feel we’re left with a depressing movie that doesn’t advance anything. The movie ends much as it begun with the resistance/rebel’s defeated and on the run. What’s worse is the promise of the new characters Kylo, Rey, Finn and Phasma is waisted.

          • March 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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            I couldn’t disagree more.

        • February 28, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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          They are not ignored. Some may not be answered and we have another film to answer them and some may have answers some people dont like. Why do questions in 7 need to be answered in 8 anyway? It is 1 3 part story. Since we are talking about Rebels answers from Season 2 werent answered in Season 3 we had to wait until Season 4. Why the double standard?

          • February 28, 2018 at 6:32 pm
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            i have to let you the benefit of doubt since episode 9 is still in the tubes. i don’t want to be the classic pessimist but if people give hope on JJ to wrap things up, they are going to be for an other disappointement IMO. But all considered JJ started it and is going to finish it, better to have an other RJ awkward movie. RJ just played the anti-hero theme. That just doesn’t fit SW IMO. No wonder why 8 pops out like a middle finger.

          • February 28, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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            Can you give me an example of a story where he was given the job of ending the story. I know people like to say Lost, but his job was the creation and the start. I dont believe he was given the job to end it.

      • February 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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        The PT was also not planned out.

        • February 28, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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          i am objective on PT flaws. But incoherence or lack of continuity is not one of them.

        • March 1, 2018 at 10:51 am
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          No, the PT was planned out.

          • March 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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            But not really. Anyone who has looked into the making of it knows this.

            Hence the massive reshoots, rewrites and actual entire turn of Anakin changing in ROTS.

    • February 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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      It might be a bit packed… but JJ could still give the trilogy meaning. All he has to do is have Ben discover what Snoke may have been after. Giving him a driving purpose and simultaneously give us some background on Snoke. This in turns gives Rey a purpose on confronting him and understanding the Force more.

      That way we can explore some cool Force ideas and bring the series back into actually mattering. That this is still a war for the Force.

      • February 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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        Snoke is gone and his purpose is meaningless.

        • March 1, 2018 at 1:37 am
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          No argument there. Which is sort of the problem… I’m just saying I’d like a bit more driving force behind all these events other than Ben is manic and Rey has to stop him. Which is why the recent Rebels show was so danged awesome. It’s possible JJ could pull it off. I think may have missed my overall point that outlining Snoke had some sort of plan that Ben could discovery/carry on. Not so much that Snoke needs it. That ship has sailed and sunk already.

          • March 1, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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            I think you missed my point in that Snoke doesn’t matter and Ben is the point. We don’t need Ben furthering some plan of Snoke. We have a great villain and his purpose is compelling already.

          • March 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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            We’ll have to disagree there. Remnant FO that’s childishly inadequate lead by someone who’s up to this point rather unstable themselves. So his whole driving purpose now is to… destroy the past? That’s it? Vague goals… from someone of questionable ability. I’m hoping JJ finds a way to give him more than that. The Snoke deal would only serve to flesh out a bit of the universe. Now if Ben can come up with some goals of his own… more power to him. I was just suggesting a reasonable source for that might be in Snoke’s file cabinet 😛

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  • February 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm
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    I loved the episodes, but I hoped Vader killed her. That would have been a great poetic end for her, and it would show Vader’s total lack of empathy at this point.
    I felt that Ezra pulling her out was a bit of a cop out, like Filoni’s afraid to kill her offir something.

  • February 28, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    I’m still stunned those last two (honestly Kanan’s death was great too) were so amazing. This is exactly what the new trilogy is missing. I had thought we’d get some kind of shake up that make us question the universe… that Rey and Co would truly face something incredible.

    That’s why I don’t understand why people think it’s weird we wanted more out of Snoke. I thought he would be the fulcrum. His plans would reveal some grand new mystery as to how he pulled the FO together and what it was he was after… something meaningful in the Force. Something to fight for the balance again.

    Right now it just feels like two factions that may not actually matter when the dust settles. Some zealots from a remnant empire and rebellion. Not even sure why they call themselves rebels. Did the FO take over everything already? That was fast… Seemed to me more like the galaxy was apathetic. They didn’t care about the new republic, didn’t answer the call from the Rebels and we haven’t seen much on their reaction to the FO.

    This series needed a driving focus. We could have examined these characters in amazing ways while discovering what it was all about. We didn’t get that.

    Anyways… I not even that big of a Rebels fan. The filler episodes found in both this and the Clone Wars made me wary of Filoni. However… seeing his full vision. He’s more capable than any other writer so far when it comes to Star Wars. It’s not easy expanding the mythos ( IE space Leia, Luke’s trick) yet he managed to pull it off. I liked the spirit animals, the world between worlds and the Mortis.

    If you told me Filoni was doing a trilogy of movies… I’d be causiously optimistic. More than Rian. I’m a little wary he’ll be loose with the rules again like the hyperkaze attack.

    • February 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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      “Did the FO take over everything already? That was fast… Seemed to me more like the galaxy was apathetic. They didn’t care about the new republic, didn’t answer the call from the Rebels and we haven’t seen much on their reaction to the FO.”

      The New Republic and the First Order had a treaty that divided the galaxy between them, and the New Republic didn’t allow an army/fleet due to being weary from decades of war already. That’s why Leia and some other leaders secretly created the Resistance under the table because they didn’t trust the FO and didn’t want to leave the New Republic defenseless. And for good reason because the FO secretly built a planet-killer and readied a fleet for war, and they were successful in destroying the New Republic leadership in TFA. In TLJ the film takes place immediately after and the Republic hasn’t been rebuilt or recovered. There was no one organized and prepared to answer the Resistance’s distress call. So for all intents and purposes, the FO does rule the galaxy by default and the Resistance is once again Rebels.

      • February 28, 2018 at 7:52 pm
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        Sure would have been neato-keen for LFL to have deigned to include ANY of that on screen.

        • March 1, 2018 at 1:40 am
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          Exactly… some things really shouldn’t be left to other mediums to explain.

    • March 1, 2018 at 10:49 am
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      “I liked the spirit animals, the world between worlds and the Mortis.”

      Dunno about the spirit animals or the world between worlds, but Filoni says in the latest “Rebels Recon” episode that the Mortis Gods were Lucas’ idea, not his own.

      • March 1, 2018 at 11:51 am
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        Hey I’ll give the man credit when he does something well. This was definitely one of them.

  • February 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    So we were left to speculate about Ahsoka after series 2, Filoni teased us with bits here and there, and finally we got a pay-off with these latest episodes. Now THAT is satisfying! That is what I love about Star Wars.
    Maybe that’s what went awry with TLJ. We were all purposely teased about the questions TFA created, but then we got slapped in the face in TLJ for even bothering to speculate.

  • February 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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    I’ve got to commend you guys for writing the best, non-spoiler titles. I’ve been waiting to binge the second half and also want to check this site for other news

  • February 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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    I believe the direction this took opened the book on so many parts of the lore of the force. The cave when Luke confronts himself, Force Ghosts ability to interact with the living world, Even possibly never truly being dead. The idea that Rey and Ben can connect through the force etc

    The fact that it weaved every aspect of star wars from the movies and the clone wars etc made it awesome.

  • February 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    So, I guess there’s time-travel in Star Wars now…

    • March 1, 2018 at 10:30 am
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      Well, I’d say yes and no. It’s nothing like Doctor Who or Back to the Future, and perfectly builds upon what little we know of Mortis, where past, present and future collided through the Force.

  • February 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm
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    My next questions are; “Now what??” and ” When will we see her again?”, because we’re GOING to see her again. I think that it’s short-sighted to even for a SECOND think that she’ll just fade away…Filoni has spared her for a reason. Will she be in the next animated series, or even live-action on the big screen?

  • February 28, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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    I dont get the comment about Luke reaction to Rey in TFA and TLJ. I dont see any difference. It isnt like he is excited to see her in TFA then shows nope I just want to be left alone in TLJ. He simply looks at her intently in TFA and continues in TLJ and walks away.

    • February 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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      Same. He looks somber and then he throws the saber away. That fits.

  • February 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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    Agree with the article…the new sequels have no cohesion or clear vision between TFA and TLJ…let alone trying to tie in to the entire 6 films before them.

    On another note, I love the tie in with the Mortis arc and even loved when the EU was writing about Abeloth and her tie in with Mortis. I wish they would have finished that series as it was very interesting when Luke sent the 12 quest Jedi knights in search for the mortis dagger.

  • February 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm
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    The black:red cards look like a storyboard, no ?

  • February 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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    Congratulations you made Ahsoka a coward by keeping her alive. She’s nowhere to be found in the most important moments in the OT. She doesn’t try and redeem or avenge her master. She doesn’t guide Luke.

    Keeping her alive is pointless. She absolutely is going to be apart of a new animated show where this super really important stuff happens that the movies has no idea about. But it’s super important, because reasons. Really important!

    • February 28, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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      Maybe Vader couldn’t resolve to kill her. or Ashoka couldn’t resolve to kill Anakin, his master. See, Obi-Wan was unable to end the life of Anakin on Mustaphar (while it would have been a move of mercy)

      So Ashoka chose to disappear in order to avoid to come across Vader once again. in the end of season she looks clearly devasted for what happened to his master and felt guilty for that. This is showed when she said ” I will not let you Anakin. Not this time”. This moment was for me the big moment of Rebels and give me shivs just writing about lol.

      • February 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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        Did you watch the episode. Vader was about to striker her down and Ezra saved her. Now she has knowledge of the future while in the past. Ahsoka was ready to die but now all of sudden when they need someone like her the most shes like nah? It’s really stupid.

        • February 28, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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          ok no new episodes are not available in my country yet. ithought you were talking about season 2. Nevermind lol.

          but what are you saying make me afraid

          • February 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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            Ah sorry!

          • February 28, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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            no prob i assume to be spoiled coming in ccomments section.

        • February 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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          The future? Always in motion the future is. Force users who can see the future are time traveling with other senses.

    • February 28, 2018 at 7:28 pm
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      The series is not over yet, so we don’t know what will happen to Ashoka in the end.

      I am betting though that Ezra will survive Rebels and the writers/producers will have to come up with a good explanation about why he is nowhere to be seen in the OT. Hopefully, there will be some connection to the ST.

      • February 28, 2018 at 8:24 pm
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        It’s going to have to be some sort of good explanation.

    • February 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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      I would wait a bit before saying such things, but I am not a fan of this stuff myself.

      • February 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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        Do you really think that they will answer Ahsoka’s question in the finale with everything else they have to wrap up? I just don’t know.

        • February 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm
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          I doubt it, but that doesn’t mean her story carries all the way through the OT.

    • February 28, 2018 at 8:14 pm
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      Galaxies are big.

      • February 28, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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        It’s such a weak answer to try and shoehorn in these “important” characters into the OT.

        • February 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm
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          My point is they don’t need to be shoehorned in. There is no reason everyone in the entire galaxy has to be involved in or even aware of what’s going on in every other part of the galaxy. By your logic Yoda is a coward.

    • February 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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      Drew doesn’t get it.

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