But while the new season is eagerly awaited following the rollout of season one, fans are also eagerly awaiting season two. One of those rumors is the reintroduction of fan favorite character, Ahsoka Tano.
While most Star Wars fans see this as good news, some fear it might not turn out as well as they expect.
“The Mandalorian” Season 1 Recap
According to the Disney website, the first season of The Mandalorian followed a “lone gunfighter” who wears Mandalorian armor in the style of classic Star Wars character, bounty hunter Boba Fett. The show takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and long before the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The Empire no longer exists and the New Republic rules the galaxy.
The Mandalorian (called by some “Mando”) received a very expensive bounty for a small creature known only as “The Child” (although the internet nicknamed him “Baby Yoda”). Unable to let the child go, Mandalorian blasts off across the galaxy to keep her safe.
The show was a critical and commercial success. Critics loved the show’s straightforward storylines and its ability to create atmosphere without being overly complex. Fans loved the show’s ability to feel like a Star Wars story without referring to the Skywalker Saga.
You can see creatures, weapons, and ships appear in the series that were in the original Star Wars trilogy along with cool Easter eggs. For example, in The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader tells Boba Fett that he wants his victims to be delivered alive, “no disintegration.”
The Mandalorian can be seen disintegrating multiple people throughout the show, recalling this reference.
Who is Ahsoka Tano?
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Ahsoka Tano makes her animated series debut The clone wars. She is Anakin Skywalker’s padawan and viewers follow the young Jedi as she receives training and becomes more adept. She is known to be a generous character, but also isn’t afraid to respond to Skywalker when the situation calls for it. She was also featured in the animated series Rebels like an older, wiser ancient Jedi.
While Ahsoka has grown into an incredibly popular character, she has only been introduced as an animated character so far. This will be her first live appearance, as she is rumored to appear in season two played by Rosario Dawson according to Entertainment Weekly.
Why ‘Mandalorian’ fans fear bringing Ahsoka to the series will fall flat
A Reddit thread dedicated to discussing the show’s second season touched on Ahsoka’s involvement. One fan was concerned this might not work, stating:
“I don’t see how to have Ahsoka on the show without it being disappointing. As soon as her name is dropped or she has screen time, it will be hard to think of anyone else. But if it’s just a cameo, it’ll feel cheap and make me want to know what she was doing before and after her cameo.
One of the reasons the first season of The Mandalorian was so effective it was devastatingly simple. There were Easter eggs and references to Star Wars, but the main story was unrelated to the Skywalker saga. Ahsoka is part of Skywalker’s story, so her presence could complicate matters.
It also creates great expectations that might be impossible to meet. The show was immensely popular, as was this character. Combining them can be more likely to disappoint than to pay off.