The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 directly references Ahsoka Tano, setting up her debut, but don’t expect her to show up in the next episode.
The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 sets up Ahsoka Tano’s upcoming appearance on the show, but don’t expect her to turn up in the next installment. Leading up to the Star Wars‘ live-action series’ return on Disney+, several reports claimed that it’ll feature some familiar faces in Boba Fett, Bo-Katan Kryze, and Ahsoka. As The Mandalorian season 2 reaches its midway point, the first two characters have already shown up, with anticipation for the live-action debut of the former Jedi now at an all-time high.
Introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars film in 2008, Ahsoka has been a key player in Star Wars‘ animated shows. Her primary arc was tackled in Star Wars: The Clone Wars where she heartbreakingly left the Jedi Order after losing faith in it. Chronologically, Ahsoka was last seen shortly after the fall of the Empire via the Disney XD show, Star Wars Rebels, where she joined Mandalorian Sabine Wren in searching for the young Jedi, Ezra Bridger. Now, Ahsoka is set to make the jump from animation to live-action through an appearance on The Mandalorian season 2, with Rosario Dawson playing the character.
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Din Djarin’s mission to reunite Baby Yoda with his people led him to an encounter with Bo-Katan, who has previous ties to Ahsoka. With the promise that she’ll help Mando track down a Jedi, Din had to help her take down an Imperial loyalist-controlled ship, inching Bo-Katan to her goal of reclaiming the Darksaber from Moff Gideon. Despite her invitation to join her squad, Din remains committed to his current endeavor and asked for information about the Jedi’s whereabouts; Bo-Katan revealed that Ahsoka is in the city of Calodan on the forest moon of Corvus. While The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 made it look like that the location will be Din and Baby Yoda’s next destination, that’s not the case. Ahsoka’s main involvement probably won’t be until season 2, episode 5.
There are a couple of indications pointing to this. Firstly, Carl Weathers, who plays Greef Karga, is confirmed to direct the next episode of The Mandalorian. While Disney and Lucasfilm tend to keep details of future episodes close to the chest, details about The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4 have been publicized thanks to an interview with Weathers. According to the actor, his episode will reveal more about Greef’s motivations; based on this, it’s safe to assume that he will appear in the said offering — perhaps it’ll feature the scene of Mando and Baby Yoda returning to Nevarro to reunite with him and Cara Dune.
Considering that Ahsoka’s appearance on The Mandalorian is set to be a massive deal, chances are that they’re devoting one full episode just on her, without any subplots. Secondly, the directing schedule for The Mandalorian also revealed that Dave Filoni is set to helm episode 5, and considering how important the character of Ahsoka is to the Star Wars producer since he created her, he understandably wants to be very involved in her live-action introduction.
So while it’ll take a little while before Ahsoka’s The Mandalorian episode, narrative-wise, it also makes sense that Din doesn’t go directly meet her after Bo-Katan gave him her location. At the end of season 1, the Armorer informed him of the war between his people and the Mandalorians, making him cautious about the Force-users. Since he doesn’t know what to expect, it’s clever that he could be seeking back-up for his inevitable meet-up with Ahsoka. This is not to say that Ahsoka is guaranteed to not make an appearance this week; if anything, the upcoming outing can end with her reveal. But delving into her full story won’t be until episode 5.
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