The Rebels panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe is going on exactly as I type this, but and of course the first question everyone had was about whether Ahsoka Tano survived her climactic duel with Darth Vader in the end of the season two finale. More surprisingly, director Dave Filoni actually gave us a pretty clear answer.

Host Warwick Davis asked the question pretty much the minute Filoni hit the stage. Filoni’s answer was that Star Wars puts many characters in danger, but when he likes a character, it’s going to be hard to kill him or her off. And then:

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“It’s likely that you might not have seen the last of Ahsoka Tano.”

Filoni then qualified that it could be a flashback, or that fans could “see” her on merchandise like a lunchbox. But then he qualified that again, clearly indicating he was joking. So chances are, not only did she live, but she’ll probably show up at some point in season three

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Honestly, I’m of two minds on this. One the one hand, as a fan I’m happy that Ahsoka is alive, but I also can’t help but this that duel with Vader would have been her perfect final moment. It was as action-packed and emotional as we hoped Ahsoka’s fight with her former master would be, and as tragic as it is, it just feels... right that Vader would further propel himself down the dark side by killing his former pupil. What do you think?