The loth-wolves of Lothal have continued to play an important role in
In the midseason finale, the loth-wolf communing with Kanan had a sinister look in its eyes, and Filoni said there’s definitely a duality. “More will be revealed about that as we go. I think the key for me with the wolves is that they are something that is to be respected, and they can be dangerous or they can be beneficial, and our heroes have to figure out what that means. But I think given the power of them, as an animal and an archetype, there needs to be a feeling of respect and a feeling of thought behind them,” he explained.
Ezra has demonstrated he has a strong connection with the wolves, as he has with multiple creatures throughout the series. It’s a skill of his. The wolves are reacting to him and to Kanan with some sort of purpose, and it’s all tied to the Force. “Their own connection to the natural world is definitely driving them, but it seems like there is something more. And what you’re seeing in the trailer, I like to think of as
He continued, “I would say the reaction of the wolves, everything they’re doing is very specific and not necessarily meant to be completely benevolent either. There is a purpose behind them and what they’re trying to represent. I always think that the purest form of the Force is nature itself giving life and destroying it, birth and death and I think that these wolves are just kind of a vessel that I’m using in a new way to communicate through this story but hopefully stay true to what the Force actually is.”
When Ezra started to learn how to use the Force, one of his early lessons involved loth-cats. It was just the beginning of his Force abilities allowing him to interact with and influence animals. That’s been almost like a specialty for him. In Monday’s episode of
The idea of the loth-wolf isn’t new for season four—they were originally mentioned in the season one episode “Path of the Jedi.” Ezra remembered a rhyme from his childhood when he was trying to decide which way to go in the Jedi Temple on Lothal: “Loth-cat, loth-cat, loth-wolf run. Pick a path and all is done.”
We saw images of wolves on the walls of the Temple when we went back with Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka in season two in “Shroud of Darkness.” This concept art done by Andre Kirk shows the wolf carrying a rider. Below, you can see it on the wall in the episodes.
I’m speculating that the painting has been there from early days and was already on the rocks the Jedi used to build the Temple. The imagery appears ancient; clearly, the loth-wolves have been around for a very long time. Perhaps the Jedi at the Temple consulted with them and learned about balance from them, the way Kanan went to the Bendu for guidance on Atollon.
In Monday night’s episode, more paintings of wolves and humans were on the rocks of Lothal. The above concept art by Luke Harrington gives you a close look.
Though they’re believed to be extinct now (which is obviously not true), the loth-wolves have history on Lothal. The white wolf Ezra encountered emanated wisdom. Like the white loth-cat, this loth-wolf is something beyond others of its kind. Only Ezra can see them; they clearly have more going on than meets the eye. And since
While speaking at FanExpo Canada in September,
Filoni also mentioned on the FanExpo panel that the loth-wolf is a natural element of the Force of Lothal, which ties into the
The white loth-cat reminded me of the Kodama in
It might be my Birthday, but here is a gift, and perhaps a clarification, for you.
May the Force be with you!
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— Dave Filoni (@dave_filoni) June 8, 2017
What does that mean about what the loth-wolf knows? Some have theorized the wolf is actually Kanan/Caleb’s former Jedi Master Depa Billaba. When the wolf was first revealed, fans thought it was Ahsoka Tano’s next form, but Filoni debunked that—even though San influenced Ahsoka. But I don’t know if the wolf is a person. Look at how much the Bendu knew about those he spoke with; he didn’t have any kind of personal history with them. And based on what we saw of the loth-wolf, I feel like the being knows about everything that’s happening on the planet. He knows Kanan’s around, and that in him, he has another ally against the Empire. He can probably sense Kanan through the Force. I took the mention of “Dume” to be like a summons.
While I don’t believe the loth-wolf will be a regular dispenser of advice like the Bendu, I do think he has a valuable role in the season, especially since we’re not done on Lothal. I can definitely see the wildlife of Lothal working together with the Rebels, specifically Kanan and Ezra, to attack the Empire and end their occupation. Putting natural and mystical forces against the creations of man also opens the door wide open for the return of Ahsoka in whatever form she’s in.
If we keep running with the
What do you think the white loth-cat and the loth-wolf symbolize? Share your theories in the comments and tell me about them on Twitter.
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