Fans of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise were shocked this May when Ray Stevenson passed away just a few months away from ‘Ahsoka’ series being released, where he was portraying Baylan Skoll, one of the most important characters in the show. Now following his last appearance in the show, the cast members of the latest Disney+ entry into the ‘Star Wars’ franchise shared a gut-wrenching tribute for the late actor.
Ivanna Sakhno, playing Baylan’s apprentice in the series, expressed her thoughts on Instagram. She shared a meaningful post featuring an image from Norse mythology depicting Skoll and Hati, the giant wolves associated with chasing the sun and the moon. There has been speculation that Dave Filoni derived the names of the original characters from this mythology.
The rest of the cast joined in paying their tributes as well, with Rosario Dawson commenting, “Grateful for you always Ray. Thank you for deepening and enriching every moment. You will forever inspire.”
Morgan Elsbeth actor Diana Lee Inosanto wrote: “To Ray, our ‘Poetry in Motion’, May we always be reminded of you when we look to the stars,”
Stevenson passed away on May 21, 2023, just four days prior to his 59th birthday. The cause of his death remains undisclosed, but it’s noted that he was hospitalized during the filming of Cassino in Ischia on the Italian island of Ischia.
Ray was known for his stellar acting career spanning decades. He gained recognition from MCU fans for his role as Volstagg and contributed to popular shows like ‘Vikings,’ ‘Black Sails,’ ‘Dexter,’ and ‘Star Wars’ animated series. His notable film roles include ‘The Book of Eli,’ the ‘Thor’ movies, the ‘Divergent’ series, and ‘RRR.’
Following Ray’s untimely and premature passing, Baylan Skoll’s status with the Star Wars franchise remains uncertain. The character was clearly imagined to have a much greater role, and speculations about who might take on the role are getting louder.
‘Ahsoka’ finale is now available for streaming on Disney+.
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