It was a simple, two-word hashtag that rocked Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans worlds: #AhsokaLives. That's what we found out at the end of Star Wars Rebels season one. At the start of season two, we saw Ahsoka more openly teaming up with our Rebels crew, and also saw her make some kind of connection to Darth Vader - who no one seems to know is in fact Anakin Skywalker, her old Jedi master.
Now, with season two rolling in full force with October 14's premiere, Ahsoka is fully in the mix once more, learning more about the crew, tracking down her own leads, and eventually facing down some of the big bads on the show.
"Ahsoka definitely senses a lot of skill in Ezra, she senses that he's something special. Also Kanan, too - who knows, did Ahsoka and Kanan [then known as Jedi padawan Caleb Dume] know each other, back in the Jedi Temple? It's possible!" teased Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka during a New York Comic Con interview. "So Ahsoka definitely senses something special with them and they're different - and that Ezra is a beacon of hope. She really takes seriously being a mentor to them this season - more like how Obi-Wan was to Ahsoka in Clone Wars, that's how Ahsoka is to the crew of the Ghost."
Of course, there's been about a decade and a half since we've last seen Ahsoka Tano, as she walked away from the Jedi Order toward the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Likewise, some of her Clone trooper compatriots - Rex, Wolf, and Gregor, are making the jump (and return) into Rebels this season. While fans don't know yet what happened to those characters in the interim, showrunner Dave Filoni did sit down with Eckstein and Clone actor Dee Bradley Baker to fill them in.
"Ahsoka is very serious in Rebels. She's very internal, and very mysterious. A lot of that has to do with what happened after she walked away from the Jedi Temple," Eckstein teased. "You won't get too much, but pay attention, because there are some bits and pieces in season two that will give you hints of what happened. It was a serious time for her!"
Eckstein doesn't think that Ahsoka regrets her decision to walk away from the Jedi, even as the Republic fell and the Empire rose - or at least not too much.
"You know, I think with any big decision there's always questions, and you'll always second guess yourself, with anyone," she said. "So it's natural that Ahsoka would potentially have regret and questions. But how it relates to this story, I'll let you watch!'
Check out the full interview above, and the season premiere tonight on Disney XD at 9:30pm ET/PT!