Rosario Dawson says she would love to see Ahsoka Tano return on The Mandalorian, following the character’s highly-anticipated live-action debut.
Rosario Dawson would love for Ahsoka Tano to return on The Mandalorian. Years after initially expressing interest in playing the character in live-action, Dawson finally got the opportunity on The Mandalorian season 2 episode, “The Jedi.” In the episode, Din Djarin and Baby Yoda travel to the planet Corvus to find Ahsoka, in the hopes she will train the latter in the ways of the Force. Ahsoka refuses to do so, due to Baby Yoda’s strong emotional attachment to Din, but she points the two in the direction of Tython, site of the first Jedi Temple.
While it looks like Ahsoka’s path won’t be crossing with Din and Baby Yoda for the remainder of The Mandalorian season 2, the character seemingly has her own dangling threads to wrap up. “The Jedi” revealed Ahsoka is on a mission to find Grand Admiral Thrawn, perhaps teasing the fan-favorite villain’s imminent arrival on The Mandalorian. All things considered, “The Jedi” may not be the only time viewers see live-action Ahsoka, and Dawson certainly hopes she comes back.
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In an interview with StarWars.com, Dawson touched on Ahsoka’s possible future on The Mandalorian. While she didn’t state definitively one way or another if she’ll return, she’d be up for it if asked:
“I mean, I would love that opportunity. I think it’s so cool that this show exists. I think it’s so cool that I got to show up and give information about this character, the Child, that everyone’s loved so much. You know, that she was not so much showing up as a cameo, but really being a storytelling device for new fans that have fallen in love with yet another new character that we’re getting to see grow. Little Grogu is just amazing.”
Nothing’s been officially announced regarding Ahsoka after “The Jedi,” but it wouldn’t be surprising if the episode was just her live-action introduction to jump off into a larger arc. The Thrawn tease at the end was a big moment, and it would be strange if The Mandalorian never followed up on it. Dave Filoni’s admitted it’s possible this episode takes place before the Star Wars Rebels finale (which saw Ahsoka and Sabine head out to look for Ezra Bridger), though odds are Thrawn will factor into The Mandalorian somehow. The show’s done an excellent job of remaining accessible to newer Star Wars fans while also working in key aspects of larger franchise canon. It would arguably be out of character for The Mandalorian if the Thrawn namedrop was left unresolved there and audiences had to watch Rebels to see what happened to Ahsoka.
What’s more is The Mandalorian seasons 3 and 4 are in the works, which means creator Jon Favreau and crew know this is a long-form, ongoing story and there’s no need to rush specific plot points to conclusion. It’s worth noting Favreau knew Baby Yoda’s real name (which was publicly revealed in “The Jedi”) during season 1, which was also around the time Filoni would talk with Favreau about Ahsoka. It’s possible the creative team has had discussions about Thrawn behind-the-scenes, and they’re laying the groundwork for him to be one of The Mandalorian’s primary villains in later seasons. It will be interesting to see what transpires over the final three episodes of The Mandalorian season 2, since that will likely give viewers a clearer idea of where things are headed.
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