To use Star Wars lingo, Dave Filoni is the apprentice to the master, George Lucas. Filoni learned from Lucas as he was the executive producer on The Clone Wars, and Filoni has continued to flourish in Star Wars storytelling in the years since Lucas’ retirement from the company.
Star Wars has plenty of very good storytellers, but Dave Filoni might be the best one currently. Filoni really understands and gets the universe, the ways of the Force, and so much more, and that has translated to some terrific shows and content.
Of course, perhaps Filoni’s most beloved contribution to the Star Wars universe has been the characters he has created: Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, Hondo Ohnaka, Savage Oppress, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Garazeb Orrelious, Agent Kallus, and so many others.
Among that extensive group, though, there is perhaps no character more beloved than Ahsoka Tano. Filoni has told her story through both The Clone Wars and Rebels, and with the ending of Rebels Filoni left her fate very open-ended. So will her story ever be finished? It very well might be, but if so, expect Dave Filoni to be very involved in telling the story.
“That would be hard [to let another storyteller tell it],” Filoni recently told ComicBook.com. “That would be, to be honest. That’d be really hard for me to do at this point, just because I’ve been a part of it for so long. Since, especially, Ahsoka’s beginning. I can’t imagine not being involved in some way with what would happen to her. Or Sabine, for that matter.”
We of course know that the fates of Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren are very much intertwined. They both survived the Galactic Civil War, but in the aftermath Ahsoka showed up on Lothal to retrieve Ahsoka as the two of them set out to find Ezra Bridger. There is a ton of storytelling potential there, with Ahsoka and Sabine going to find Ezra, who was taken to some unknown location with Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fans are eager to know what happens, and Filoni seems to have an idea.
Here’s what Filoni said to ComicBook.com:
“You know, it’s like a unification of Clone Wars and Rebels, really, taking those two characters further. I have a great deal of ideas on what they’ve been up to, and where they go. It’s really, I think, fantastic. … I feel a responsibility to know and start to figure out what that story is because the fans seem really interested in it, as I’m interested in it. Whether it actually ever happens, I don’t know yet, but I still think about it anyway. I think of all kinds stories, and some of them happen and find their way into a release, and some don’t. … I think it’s important to know the story. Especially ’cause there are other creatives and other people to come along that will ask questions to me, the same as you. ‘Wow. Well, what happened there?’ And so I like to know, and I’m kind of protective of certain character groups. So I feel responsible to know, ‘Well, here’s what happened.'”
So in other words: Filoni has an idea of what Ahsoka and Sabine are up to, but he’s not yet sure whether he’ll ever get the chance to tell that story.
Personally, I’m quite confident that we’ll get the continuation and culmination of their story at some point from Lucasfilm. It’s too good of a story to just give up on, fans are interested in what happens, and Filoni seems like he’d be ready and willing to explore it further if the right situation presents itself. And though Filoni seems apprehensive to let other people handle the fates of these characters (which might important to keep in mind with Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action show), that may be good news, because there’s nobody more capable of telling those stories as Filoni.
Hopefully we’ll see the continuation of Ahsoka and Sabine’s adventures soon – and if we do, that could open up a ton of new storytelling options with Ezra and Thrawn, too.