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The Names of Ahsoka’s New Villains Are Hiding a Secret That Could Change Star Wars


There’s a lot more to Ray Stevenson’s Baylan Skoll and Ivanna Sakhno’s Shin Hati than meets the eye on Star Wars: Ahsoka.

Baylan Skoll and Shin Hate in Star Wars: Ahsoka
Photo: Lucasfilm

The trailer for Star Wars: Ahsoka has given fans plenty to talk about in the lead up to the show’s August premiere, and inspired all kinds of online theories. Unsurprisingly, much of the current speculation revolves around two brand-new villains, the orange lightsaber-wielding Baylan Skoll (the late Ray Stevenson) and his apprentice Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno).

So far, all we really know about these characters is some backstory and their names. But even these small details hint at a massive secret that could completely change live-action Star Wars and set the Mandoverse on a whole new course.

Thrawn’s Wolves

To say that Dave Filoni has a thing for wolves is an understatement. He’s worked these canines into all of his Star Wars tales, from The Clone Wars to Rebels, and even his own character in The Mandalorian, Trapper Wolf. But it’s in Rebels where he really brings his love of wolves to the forefront with the introduction of the Force-sensitive Loth-Wolves. In the final season of the animated series, these creatures lead Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger to the World Between Worlds, a mystical plane that serves as a pathway between all space and time, allowing those who enter it to travel between the past, present, and future. These wolves are intrinsically linked to this realm and circling images of the wolves even adorn its portal.

This brings us back to the names Filoni chose for the antagonists of Ahsoka. Deliberately pairing these two specific characters may be an intentional clue pointing toward their true nature. On the surface, Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati have pretty unassuming Star Wars names, but on closer look, these names have a much more intriguing meaning. 

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