Star Wars Rebels’ 'Time Travel' Won’t Affect the Rest of the Franchise

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for last week’s episodes of Star Wars Rebels, “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds,” which aired Feb. 26 on Disney XD.

Last week's episode of Star Wars Rebels saw the return of fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano, with Ezra Bridger reaching back in time to Season 2 to seemingly save her from her fate in the Sith temple on Malachor. However, Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni hopes that the episode's time travel plot device won't become standard in the Star Wars universe.

"No, I hope not," Filoni told CinemaBlend. "I mean, because this is important for this particular story, and I think we'd have to be very careful about how it would be used otherwise. It's why we destroy the temple in the episode. It's mainly a place that people would go to see the future and the past. It's not such an active place and Ahsoka, for her part when she's pulled out of that moment, is placed back in that same timeline and not very long after she left it. So again, she's smart enough to know that she cannot go back with Ezra, so there is not this big time travel thing. She knows she has to remain a part of her world and her timeline."


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Filoni also went on to explain that saving Ahsoka doesn't, in his opinion, constitute time travel. "I don't really think of it as time travel," he said. "It's not really a thing where you go through one door and out another in a different time." Instead, the episode's "time travel" is actually just an extension of a Jedi's Force powers, as described in previous Star Wars films.

"The world between worlds is really about knowledge and gaining knowledge," Filoni continued. "As the Dume wolf says, what's in there is knowledge and destruction. You can gain knowledge of the future or futures that may happen, and you can see things that happened in the past. You can at times choose to alter them, but it's perilous to do so and when you alter something you don't know if that's not the way it always happened. So destruction is the other half of what's in there. When you go through these doorways, you're in peril of destruction because you're missing all sorts of things that would have happened or things would've happened otherwise, you know, so it's a dangerous game but it's not something we're here going in and out of different doors. It's an extension of the Jedi's ability to perceive the future and the past, as described in Empire Strikes Back."


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Returning Monday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Kallus, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Governor Pryce, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Warwick Davis as Rukh.

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