“Ahsoka,” which sees Filoni operating as both head writer and executive producer, follows its namesake (Rosario Dawson) as she continues her search for Grand Admiral Thrawn (Mads Mikkelsen) from “The Mandalorian.” Along the way, our girl meets back up with several members of the Spectres, aka the Lothal-based Rebel faction she fought alongside during “Star Wars Rebels.” That includes Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), herself a Mandalorian who, it seems, spent some time training in the ways of the Force under Ahsoka’s tutelage since the last time we saw her on “Rebels.”
“I think it’s hard not to feel part of something bigger,” Bordizzo told SFX Magazine. “‘Ahsoka’ runs along the same timeline as ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3, and the shows are all connected. There’s just so many parallels.”
As /Film’s Rafael Motamayor has pointed out, “Ahsoka” is basically acting as the second entry in a trilogy, sandwiched between “Rebels” and an as-yet-untitled movie directed by Filoni that will tie together the various narrative threads from “The Mandalorian” and its spinoffs. Based on Bordizzo’s comment about the shows’ “parallels,” “Ahsoka” will also see the remaining Imperials quietly regrouping under Thrawn’s supervision while undermining the New Republic’s attempts to bring stability to the “Star Wars” universe, much like “The Mandalorian” season 3 did. Throw in Ahsoka being haunted by the memories of what happened to her own Jedi mentor and you’ve got a recipe for what could be a darker and even more emotionally complex story than “Rebels.”
Then again, isn’t that always the case with the second chapters in “Star Wars” trilogies? Indeed, if history is anything to go by, “Ahsoka” may end up being one of the strongest additions to the Mando-verse saga yet. Fingers crossed, as always!
“Ahsoka” premieres August 23, 2023, on Disney+.