With the announcement that Ray Stevenson will appear in Star Wars: Ahsoka, fans can’t stop talking about the mysterious show said to feature Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, and more.
Most notable — and highly mysterious — about this announcement is that Stevenson isn’t new to the Star Wars universe. He has actually voiced the character of Gar Saxon twice: once in Star Wars: Rebels and again in several episodes in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
This has led some fans to speculate that Gar Saxon could show up again, this time in live-action.
It’s not often that an actor in a prominent Star Wars role is brought back to play a different character, although it would be easier to cast Stevenson in a new role in live-action since viewers have technically only heard his voice in a galaxy far, far away.
Jon Favreau being a major exception to this unwritten rule — he has voiced two separate Vizslas, Pre and Paz in Clone Wars and The Mandalorian respectively — adds to the argument that Stevenson could easily be playing a different Mandalorian related to Saxon. Tiber Saxon was voiced by a different actor, but Star Wars could get away with recycling if they really wanted to.
The matter of timeline is an issue, since (SPOILERS) Ursa Wren killed Saxon in Season 3 of Rebels. But due to his presence during the Siege of Mandalore, it’s possible he could return in one of Ahsoka’s flashbacks to that time period.
Because Sabine Wren is reported to play a prominent role in the series alongside Ahsoka, it’s also possible Saxon could show up in one of her flashbacks. This is all assuming, of course, that the Ahsoka series won’t render flashbacks unnecessary by utilizing the World Between Worlds to create something similar to time travel … though not quite. We’re still not totally sure how the World Between Worlds works. It could be magic. Anything is possible.
Gar Saxon was the leader of the Mandalorian Super Commandos during the Clone Wars and served as the Emperor’s Hand to Palpatine during the reign of the Empire. He met his end when challenging Sabine to a duel to the death. We know he had one brother, but who knows? There could have been more. And we could see one in the Ahsoka series, played by Stevenson.
Star Wars: Ahsoka is expected to arrive on Disney+ sometime in 2023.