WARNING: Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't seen the Season 2 finale for 'Star Wars Rebels.'
The Season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels aired last night, and it was just as heartbreaking as the teasers and trailers had led us to believe, if not more so.
"Twilight Of The Apprentice" gave us the long-awaited battle between our beloved Ahsoka Tano and her former Jedi-Master-turned-Sith-Lord Darth Vader. In what is definitely one of the best fight scenes in the show's history, Ahsoka has to finally face Vader and grapple with the soulless monster her close friend had become.
After declaring that she would not leave Vader behind, he sentences her to death. But did she actually perish after the temple collapsed? Was that her walking into that cave?
The new Ahsoka T-shirt would suggest so, but Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni left things up for debate when talking to IGN:
"I would say that – while I’m not a huge fan of being tremendously ambiguous as far as what happened – I would say that this is the one case where I think it’s alright with Ahsoka to leave things a bit open-ended. You wondered what happened to her before, but you knew she walked away. Now she kind of leaves in a state of conflict. I would just say that there are probably – and I’ll give you this as we go back a ways – there are probably more stories to tell with Ahsoka Tano, but I would not believe that that would happen necessarily on Star Wars Rebels. I’ve been wrong in the past, but I think that she has served the part of the story that she needed to for our characters here. Then we’ll have to see. I do like the character a lot, obviously, and I think that she’s developed her own kind of fan base within the Star Wars universe. So, you know, I think there are still more stories to be told. I think there are stories to be told prior to Rebels with her. I think there are a lot of stories that happen right at the end of Clone Wars that we’re unaware of yet."
Just like when she left the Jedi Order in Clone Wars, we saw her walking away, her future up in the air. At this point, it sounds like Filoni is leaving the door wide open for Ahsoka so that the show can focus on other characters:
"You know, I think the thing that I’ve learned is that the character has a lot of strength to be on her own, doing things. And perhaps that means she’s still alive. I don’t know. There are clues to the actual answer in what I think throughout, I will say that. And some kids at the [finale] screening were shooting pretty close to the mark, or at least were decoding the [clues] that I have left for them. It’s one of those mysteries then where maybe, beyond hope, maybe there is a future, but we’ll have to wait and see."
Personally, I stand with the camp that says she survived. But in any case, based on Filoni's interview, it sounds like we could see more of Ahsoka, even if not in the Star Wars Rebels timeline.
In the meantime, her character is already set to return in written form. Disney-Lucasfilm announced that E.K. Johnston will be writing a novel, tentatively called Star Wars: Ahsoka, which will be released on October 11. Here's the official synopsis from The Nerdist:
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance…
What do you think was the fate of Ahsoka in the season finale of 'Star Wars Rebels'?