Star Wars Rebels: Ashley Eckstein Reveals Her Theory on Ahsoka's Fate

Friday, 08 April 2016 - 6:38PM
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Friday, 08 April 2016 - 6:38PM
Star Wars Rebels: Ashley Eckstein Reveals Her Theory on Ahsoka's Fate

Ann Convery, wife of Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni, hosted a special one-on-one Q&A with Ashley Eckstein at Emerald City Comic Con today.  Focusing on Eckstein's now-legendary character, Ahsoka Tano, the Q&A saw answers and speculation on some the biggest questions in the Star Wars universe right now. Currently, there's no bigger question in the Star Wars universe than the question of what happened to Ahsoka Tano at the end of Star Wars Rebels season 2.

After a clash with her former master, Darth Vader, we're led to believe that Ahsoka perished, but some symbolic moments right at the end of that episode has given hope to many, including the person who has voiced the character form almost 10 years.

When the panel moved to a fan Q&A, it was inevitable that the first question would be related to Ahsoka's fate. Eckstein confirmed that it was Ahsoka that we see entering the temple at the end of the episode, but revealed that, beyond that she hasn't received any concrete information. But, just because she hasn't had any confirmation, that doesn't mean she doesn't have a theory on what happened to her character. Eckstein has playfully adopted the 'Ahsoka Lives' mantra since she watched the finale, and today she revealed her theory on why that might be possible.

Opening quote
"I think there's something tied in with the Mortis trilogy," Eckstein said. "The colors of the Converee [the monkey/owl thing seen in the closing scenes of the finale] are the same colors of the daughter on Mortis. What that connection is, I don't know."
Closing quote
This is actually a theory that has been bandied around on social media in the days following Twilight of the Apprentice', so let's take a look at what she means.



In Clone Wars, the Mortis episode arc saw Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and Anakin travel to Mortis, a mysterious planet in unchartered space that appeared to be have an influence on the force. There, they meet three beings that are more powerful in the force than anything they'd experienced before. Comprised of a father, his son and his daughter,  the trio of beings were in a constant battle, with the father trying to balance his daughter's light side against his son's dark side. The daughter, which Eckstein refers to in her theory, is eventually killed after sacrificing herself to save Ahsoka by channeling the last of her life-force into the young Jedi.
 
While Eckstein doesn't go into much detail, it's not hard to see what she's driving at with this theory, in fact, others have reached a similar conclusion based on the remarkably similar colors shared by the characters you see above. With Daughter dead, Mortis was at risk of being plunged into an eternal darkness, throwing the balance of the Force throughout the galaxy towards the dark side. Only someone or something with a true connection to the light side could restore that balance, and while we're all expecting that to be Luke Skywalker, I can't help but feel that Eckstein believes Ahsoka is capable of filling those shoes.
 
At another point in the panel, Eckstein was asked whether she felt it was possible for Ahsoka to fall to the dark side. Her answer was a resounding no.
 
Opening quote
I think Ahsoka is a representative of good and the light side of the force. She's far from the dark side.
Closing quote
Many folks believe that the fact that she left the Jedi order meant Ahsoka was susceptible to the dark side, but I can't help but agree with Eckstein in thinking that this was far from the case. 
 
Could it be that Ahsoka, after her battle with Vader, has taken up a place in Mortis where she can help restore the balance to the force that eventually, albeit fleetingly, comes in the Star Wars movies? It might seem crazy, but it's not necessarily as crazy as you think. Alternatively, could some of Daughter's lifeforce remained in Ahsoka all this time, bringing her salvation after her climactic clash with Vader? 
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Star Wars Rebels: Ashley Eckstein Reveals Her Theory on Ahsoka's Fate