As a “gift” to Star Wars fans on his birthday yesterday, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni confirmed Ahsoka Tano did not reincarnate as the wolf in the Star Wars Rebels season 4 trailer.
Following the inconclusive ending of Ahsoka Tano’s duel with Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels, fans have been chomping at the bit to learn the Togruta’s true fate. Our desperation for a straight answer stems from Rebels executive producer and Ahsoka’s creator, Dave Filoni, keeping a tight lip on whether or not the character survived the duel. Even though a specter of Ahsoka’s figure was glimpsed returning to the Sith temple after Vader left, we still don’t know if that figure was her physical body or her Force ghost.
The idea Ahsoka might have died and become a Force ghost led in turn to even wilder theories. One of them is she reincarnated as the white wolf in the trailer for Rebels season 4. The wolf appears in two places in the trailer. The first time, it is carrying Ezra Bridger and an unconscious Sabine Wren on its back. The second time, it is face to face with Kanan Jarrus; Kanan reaches out his hand blindly to touch the creature’s massive head, and the wolf receives the Jedi’s touch.
The white wolf and Kanan Jarrus. Image Credit: Lucasfilm (screenshot via photo library Elaine Tveit)
On Tuesday, however, Filoni – in a rare spirit of forthcomingness – confirmed that Ahsoka had not reincarnated as the white wolf. The confirmation and its accompanying artwork, which Filoni himself drew and colored, were part of Filoni’s “gift” to fans in honor of his birthday on Tuesday.
See Filoni’s tweet below.
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The theory that Ahsoka could be the wolf in the season 4 trailer probably stemmed from a lost The Clone Wars episode Filoni never got to finish. In the episode, which Filoni described on a panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Ahsoka was aided by wolves as she fled clone troopers turned against her by Order 66. Clearly, then, she has a strong connection to nature through wolves as well as the Convoree in Rebels. But she is definitely not the wolf in the Rebels season 4 trailer.
Note, however, that Filoni did not say that Ahsoka was “not the owl,” or the Convor, also featured in the artwork. The Convor is a bird that appears in Ahsoka’s last two episodes of Rebels, and it clearly carries some symbolism for the former Jedi. Filoni’s inclusion of the bird in the artwork above may be his sly way of telling fans to keep an eye out for it in the future.
A Convor. Image Credit: Lucasfilm
Star Wars Rebels‘s fourth and final season premieres fall 2017.