The upcoming Ahsoka series has generated a lot of buzz ever since the premiere of its trailer at Star Wars Celebration Europe last weekend. Among the many topics of discussion surrounding the trailer was the color of the lightsabers wielded by new villain characters Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati. Some fans debated whether the blades were orange or red, with a fan poll being necessary to settle the argument.
Series creator Dave Filoni has shed some light on the issue in an interview with ScreenRant. He confirmed that the lightsabers are indeed orange, but “a little bit more” than the usual shade. Filoni explained that the color choice was intentional, as he wanted to indicate that these characters might not be what they seem at first glance. While they appear to be villains in the trailer, the orange hue of their lightsabers suggests a more complex arc for these characters.
Filoni also drew a parallel between Baylan and Shin’s unconventional lightsabers and Ahsoka Tano’s white blades. Ahsoka’s lightsabers are white because she dissociated from the Jedi Order after being falsely accused of a crime. She then purified the Kyber crystals from the lightsabers of defeated Imperial Inquisitors to create her own blades. Similarly, Baylan and Shin’s orange lightsabers may suggest that they have a different method or reason for connecting to the Force than the Jedi or Sith.
Overall, the orange lightsabers in the Ahsoka trailer could indicate that the series will explore the gray areas of the Force and the possibilities for Force users outside the strict teachings of the Jedi and Sith. Ahsoka’s story has only begun to scratch the surface of these possibilities, and it will be fascinating to see how her solo series develops the concept further.
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