Filoni Teases ‘Ahsoka’ Season 2 and Comments on Baylan Skoll’s Potential Future

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A few days ago, massive news landed that Dave Filoni was selected as a chief creative officer for Lucasfilm, meaning that he would take a more active role in the development of upcoming Star Wars projects, and we know that there are plenty of projects in the works. However, one project that still hasn’t been confirmed in an official sense is ‘Ahsoka’ season 2, as the first season was successful and ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger. 

Filoni himself wrote ‘Ahsoka,’ so he is the best person to ask what’s going to happen in the future and how the story will move forward. In EW’s Dagobah Dipatch podcast, Filoni commented on the potential second season of the show, as well as the late Ray Stevenson and the potential problems that will now arise with his passing, as he was always intended to be a massive part of the story. 

As a reminder, Stevenson’s Baylan Skoll never revealed his true plans in the final episode of the first season; instead, he can be seen gazing upon the statues of Mortis Gods on Peridea, an act seemingly foreshadowing what his plans might be. Filoni described Baylan Skoll as a man with dangerous ambition.

Baylan’s a man with incredible ambition — perhaps dangerous ambition — but he never sees it that way. He thinks he’s tracking what the truth is, and everybody else has it wrong. 

I guess you can perceive this to come to the root of what Baylan’s original plan was supposed to be, to somehow tamper with the Mortis Gods only to unleash something far worse upon the galaxy. Not out of evil but out of ambition and what can only be summarized as “not enough research.” 

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Filoni didn’t exactly confirm that the second season was confirmed. He merely stated that he has no idea where to take Baylan’s story now that Stevenson is out of the picture, and he isn’t sure where to take that storyline. 

Going forward, it will be a challenge; These were meaningful people to us. They were collaborators and friends, and they will be missed. I’m just so glad they were a part of this show, so that every time I watch it, I think of them. And there’s no time that won’t happen: They will always be there in spirit.

Filoni ultimately agrees that the most important thing is the legacy that Stevenson left. 

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.

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