The #AhsokaLives wave began after the character's standoff with her former master Darth Vader in a Sith temple on Malachor. The temple exploded as Vader escaped, but the show did not reveal what happened to his old apprentice.
Filoni has been messing with fans of Ashley Eckstein's character ever since, capping off his insidious campaign during today's Star Wars Celebration panel when he appeared on stage wearing a shirt that said "AHSOKA LIVES?"
Filoni and the cast spoke about a lot of different elements making up the journey of the Ghost crew so far before he announced that the upcoming fourth season would be the show's last.
Then, the lights dimmed and they capped off the panel with the premiere of the trailer for the new season. And when the auditorium lit up once again, Filoni's shirt changed to read "AHSOKA LIVES!"
The question mark changed into an exclamation point, teasing that the character would indeed be returning in future episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
He did follow up the development at the press conference after the panel ended—his shirt once again reading "AHSOKA LIVES?"—and continued teasing fans of the character, saying he didn't know what they were talking about.
So Filoni clearly likes messing with people, and he's becoming quite a sadist toward the Ahsoka fanbase. Did an Ahsoka cosplayer smack his hat off at a convention or something?
We'll learn more when Star Wars Rebels premieres later this year.
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This animated entry in the "Star Wars" franchise fills the gap between the events of "Episode III" and "Episode IV." Imperial forces occupy a remote planet and are ruling -- and ruining -- its inhabitants' lives with an iron fist. A clever, disparate crew aboard the starship Ghost takes a stand against the Empire, facing new villains and colorful adversaries. The rebels on the Ghost include leader Kanan, ace pilot Hera, feisty heroine Sabine, tough guy Zeb and 14-year-old con artist Ezra.
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD, and follows the adventures of Hera (Vanessa Marshall), Sabine (Tiya Sircar), Zeb (Steve Blum), and the Jedi Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray), a small crew that's finding their way in the nascent Rebel Alliance a few years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Executive produced by Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni, the in-canon series helps to connect the worlds of the films and the previous animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with guest appearances so far by characters like Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Leia Organa, Wedge Antilles, and more.