STAR WARS REBELS’ Dave Filoni Details an Unseen Ahsoka Tano and Bendu Encounter

The story of Ahsoka Tano isn’t over. Star Wars Rebels co-creator and executive producer Dave Filoni shared a new tidbit from season two of the series that adds another factor to the is Ahsoka alive or isn’t she theories by sharing dialogue from a scene where Ahsoka met the Bendu on Atollon, a.k.a. Chopper Base. But first, context.

Ahsoka’s fate after confronting Darth Vader in the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels isn’t clear. Thanks to statements from Filoni and voice actor Ashley Eckstein, we do know we haven’t seen the last of the character. By facing her former teacher, Ahsoka dealt with not only the scary and hard truth about what he’d become, but also one of the most ruthless and dangerous beings in the galaxy. In that way, he was like her Balrog. Like Gandalf the Grey, Ahsoka sort of fell after the battle–we saw her descend into the Sith Temple on Malachor. She didn’t necessarily die in the traditional manner. But will she come back as an avatar of the Daughter from Mortis (the theory I believe in), a Force ghost, or the Star Wars version of Gandalf the White?

The meeting with Tom Baker-voiced Bendu doesn’t help narrow it down but leans into the not-dead line of thinking:

Slight tangent, but the dialogue reminds me of this scene from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special:


Ahsoka thought she might die. I’m sure she considered the possibility before talking to Bendu. As a Force-sensitive entity that sat in the middle between the Jedi and Sith, Bendu has a unique brand of wisdom and has doled out advice even Yoda would have trouble untangling. Here, Bendu points out change doesn’t necessarily mean death.

They met right before the end of “The Mystery of Chopper Base,” the episode that preceded the season two finale. Bendu’s comments could have given Ahsoka the idea for considering other options for continuing her existence. However, I’m trying to keep in mind she wouldn’t have had much time to put those plans into place before she departed for Malachor. But! Maybe being open to another path was all that was needed when the moment came.

What are your thoughts on the Ahsoka and Bendu exchange? Do you like or dislike when Filoni shares these kind of tidbits? Tell me in the comments.

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