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Filoni Says Star Wars Rebels Spin-Off is Possible in interview with Deadline

Dave Filoni is the "Chosen One" when it comes to Star Wars storytelling in 2020. It's praise earned from his work on The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorian, and recently returning to finish The Clone Wars. This article will contain some spoilers in reference to the full article and the conclusion of Star Wars The Clone Wars and Rebels.

Credit to Anthony D'Alessandro for this interview. You should absolutely read the full interview by clicking here. There is no need to rewrite his work. That said, there are a few quotes we want to acknowledge here.


This interview starts with a one-two punch. Filoni is asked with Clone Wars over, would fans see another season of Rebels? Dave has been on the record a few times saying Star Wars Rebels is a complete story. It was that satisfaction that made him want to go back and conclude The Clone Wars even more. But then Dan asks about a spin off series with Sabine and the Darksaber and things get interesting.

Oh, I think it’s possible. I mean, it’s definitely something that I left hanging at the end and part of that reason is just it’s always nice in my mind when there’s another story. I like things in a series, even when I read or watch them, and there’s always a bit of sadness when something does come to an end, so potential is a great thing. I love that people are thinking about these stories in the same way that I wondered about many stories...Certainly, I will say it’s something I’ve given a decent amount of thought to, so you never know when or if it will actually ever take shape.

Personally, it feels too soon for a return to the Star Wars Rebels crew. Granted it would be an assumed Ahsoka, Sabine adventure based on how Rebels ends as Dave eludes to in the quote. One has to wonder if this could some how be tied to The Mandalorian where rumors have explored that both Wren and Tano could be debuting in live action in The Mandalorian Season 2 set to drop on Disney+ this fall.


Lets transition into some Clone Wars talk where Dave is asked about the finale's final scene with Vader coming across the saber of his padawan.

I always had in mind an ending that would somehow involved Vader. I thought it was really compelling and the imagery of the lightsaber and him holding it; that spoke so much. It also spoke to something that I discussed with George (Lucas) over the years as far as the aftermath of the Clone Wars. The reason why we never saw too many Jedis fighting against the empire is the fact that a lot of them felt that they failed in their goal to protect the Republic, and they were all deceived. And so a lot of them realized that fighting a war maybe isn’t the best way and created violence. They set their sabers down, they tried to find different paths to helping people than perhaps, you know, being violent, and so there is an old idea there.

It's always fascinating to hear or read about Filoni talking about his relationship with Lucas. Maybe it's fair to say any fan who has watched The Clone Wars final arc can agree it doesn't alter the movie. If anything, it intensifies the pain and destruction of Order 66. The idea of several Jedi surviving but in a way abandoning the order for the failed war is powerful.

I think you have to commend the interview style here. A question about Ahsoka mentions Ahsoka's live action debut confirmed in The Mandalorian Season 2 on the way of asking what makes the character so special to fans. One could make the argument this is indirectly confirmed since Filoni didn't directly comment on it. Oh and by the way Dave, are you working on anything else with Ahsoka right now?

I couldn’t speak to anything at this point. I have a lot of ideas and I’m really fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity now to work in both animation and live action, so just getting that exposure is interesting. First for me there’s a story and then I have to decide what’s the best medium, and I think there are certain avenues open to me at this point. Right now I’m really enjoying the collaboration I have with Jon Favreau on Mandalorian. We’re having a great time making that show, and you know, we’ll see.

Yes, we'll see.


Host of BTBDLIVE! David Amelotti led this week's episode with Filoni's words and believes whether a series is in the works or not, Filoni wouldn't confess either way just a week after wrapping up Clone Wars. Maybe the idea is let the excitement dial down and the suspense of what's next build.

What do you think about Dave Filoni's words about what is possible with these Star Wars characters in the future? Tweet us your thoughts at @BTBDNET!

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