Warning — This article contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2.
The Mandalorian Season 2 is overflowing with guest stars, and the latest episode featured the biggest one yet in the form of Ahsoka Tano. After months of rumblings and speculations, the fan-favorite Togruta finally made her live-action debut during “Chapter 13" of The Mandalorian, portrayed by Rosario Dawson.
Ahsoka quickly made her presence felt in the aforementioned episode, showcasing heavy lightsaber action while catching up with viewers on what the character has been up to after the events of Star Wars Rebels. Not only that, but Ahsoka also delivered the much-needed answers about Baby Yoda, revealing the creature's backstory and actual name.
For fans who are unaware of the events of the animated realm of Star Wars, they are only witnessing Ahsoka's arrival for the first time. However, longtime fans of Star Wars are well aware of Ahsoka's impact in the larger narrative of the space epic, as she was heavily featured in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the aforementioned Rebels series. In those projects, Ahsoka was voiced by Ashley Eckstein, who already wrote a heartfelt tribute to the character in a lengthy Instagram post that moved fans everywhere.
And now, it appears that a fun interaction between the past and present versions of Ahsoka Tano has surfaced.
Ashley Eckstein and Rosario Dawson shared a fun exchange in the comments section of the latter's Instagram post about the legacy of Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars franchise. In the exchange, Dawson thanked Eckstein for her “brilliance” in bringing Ahsoka to life while the latter welcomed the former to “Team Tano.”
"Thank you forever for your brilliance Ashley!!! I'm so honored to be a part of Ahsoka's legacy alongside you. #AhsokaLivesInAllOfUs Indeed this is the way of Ahsoka Tano. #AhsokaLives"
Eckstein (in reply):
"Congratulations Rosario!!! Welcome to #TeamTano"
The fun interaction between the two versions of Ahsoka is definitely a sight to see, and it's great to see the overwhelming support that is shared between Dawson and Eckstein. In a way, this essentially showcases the passion and commitment of the two women for Ahsoka, which bodes well for longtime fans of the character.
Whether it is in live-action or animated, it's clear that the future of Ahsoka is bright. The latest episode of The Mandalorian already provided a hint on where Ahsoka's story will go next, effectively serving as a launching pad for big things to come for the character.
On the flip side, Eckstein will forever be attached to the Ahsoka Tano character, and no one can take that away. Previous rumors indicate that a looming sequel tied to Star Wars Rebels could potentially arrive, and this opens an avenue for Eckstein to return as the fan-favorite character, continuing the animated journey of the character in an exciting way.
Whatever the case, Ahsoka will no doubt continue to serve as an inspiration to many Star Wars fans, and Dawson and Eckstein will serve as the main anchors in strengthening the character's legacy in the foreseeable future.