We have already heard that Season of Star Wars Rebels will put more of a focus on Sabine and her history on Mandalore. Now news comes to us from Sci Fi Central Australia by way of Jedi News that at a recent convention in Sydney, actress Katie Sackoff confirmed that she is reprising her role as Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan for Star Wars Rebels.
We have known since cancellation of The Clone Wars that another story arc was planned involving Mandalore. Supervising Director Dave Filoni released the following sketches from the arc involving Ahsoka and Bo-Katan.
At Celebration Europe Filoni, Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo and actress Ashley Eckstein discussed events of this arc. i09 has a very nice summary of the panel and the story of the Siege of Mandalore:
The final arc revealed today was an emotional one—one that would have brought Clone Wars to its end (before its untimely ending in the wake of Disney’s purchase of Star Wars), and give Anakin and Ahsoka one last meeting before his rise as Vader.
A plan formulated by Ahsoka and Mandalorian commando Bo Katan would’ve seen the Council dispatch Anakin, Obi-Wan and a clone army to Mandalore, to oust Darth Maul from his position of power in the wake of Duchess Satine’s death. But tragically, before the attack could begin, Yoda urgently recalls Obi-Wan and Anakin back to Coruscant: Grievous has surged the capital and kidnapped Palpatine, aka the opening moments of Revenge of the Sith.
The panel went on to explain that Captain Rex and a battalion of troops was left with Ahsoka on Mandalore to help Katan and that we would have seen Ahsoka duel Maul at one point. Most importantly the events of the story arc are considered canonical within Lucasfilm.
“We consider it to have happened,” Hidalgo says. It informs the writing on Star Wars Rebels.
Ahsoka appointing Bo-Katan as provisional leader at the end of the story arc provides some answers and more questions. We have seen tastes of the situation on Mandalore from discussions of Sabine and her past at the Academy on Mandalore as well as from Fenn Rau in “The Protector of Concord Dawn.” Did Bo-Katan eventually become the Mandalore? The Republic only left a battalion of troops there, when did the Empire arrive in force? Did Bo-Katan flee, form a government in exile or collaborate?
I can’t wait until we return to Mandalore in Rebels Season 3 and find out some of these answers.