Ahsoka Tano became one of the most popular characters in Star Wars thanks in large part to Dave Filoni’s writing. Fans have been clamoring for the character to return and/or make a live action appearance. Filoni may have teased just such a thing. If you follow Filoni on Twitter as I (and over 110,000 others) do, you might have come across this holiday greeting that The Clone Wars and Rebels producer tweeted out on Christmas Day:

Of course by doing so Filoni stirred up anticipation and debate regarding whether or not Ahsoka will appear in The Mandalorian.

Will Ahsoka Make a Live-Action Appearance?

At the end of Star Wars Rebels, Ahoska and Sabine Wren were heading off into the galaxy in search of Ezra Bridger. This was, of course, after Ezra had rescued Ahsoka in the World Between Worlds and assured she’d survive her duel with Darth Vader.

Ahsoka duels her former master, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, in Star Wars Rebels. (Image: Disney)

Mandalorian set leaks already suggest that Sabine Wren will appear in the show. Combine the fact that we last saw Sabine with Ahsoka and the timing of Filoni’s tweet? Fans are now consequently hoping for and suspecting a live action appearance for both.

Call me a pessimist, but I don’t believe Ahoska will make a live-action appearance in The Mandalorian. While Filoni wrote the character, it is actress Ashley Eckstein’s portrayal that truly endeared Ahsoka Tano to the fans. There’s been no indication that Eckstein’s been tabbed to play her in live-action. Without Eckstein, there is no Ahoska.

Ahsoka appears in The Clone Wars Season 7 trailer. (Image: Disney)

Additionally, we know The Clone Wars is returning. Season 7 will play on Disney’s streaming service Disney+ along with The Mandalorian. The trailer for the new season featured Ahsoka prominently. If Filoni’s tweet was meant to suggest anything with respect to the character’s upcoming appearance(s), it most likely has to do with Clone Wars.

Still… even Filoni admits that Ahoska is one of his favorite characters. With him directing The Mandalorian’s pilot episode, perhaps there’s a chance she might appear, after all.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns, and The Mandalorian debuts, in late 2019 on Disney+.