The New Republic and the galaxy at large will need to be on red alert now that Thrawn has escaped exile. He is very much capable of reuniting the remnants of the shattered Empire, and Hera knows just how dangerous he is. So, she is sure to be a big part of getting the troops in line in “Ahsoka” season 2 and beyond. That seems pretty straightforward and it’s not remotely surprising that Filoni is teeing up that showdown.
As for Pellaeon, he is a character who has been tied very closely to Thrawn over the years. He made his live-action debut in “The Mandalorian” season 3 but has also appeared in several canon novels and a bit of animation. However, in the Star Wars Legends “Heir to the Empire” novel trilogy, Pellaeon was second-in-command to Thrawn. That’s probably why he was so adamant that Thrawn was the one who could lead the Empire back to greatness during his appearance in “The Mandalorian.” This is one of Thrawn’s most historically loyal supporters.
What we know for sure is that Filoni is also gearing up to direct a movie tying all his live-action shows together, with Jon Favreau additionally helming the “Mandalorian & Grogu” movie. So, it’s possible — if not a foregone conclusion — that Thrawn will be coming to the big screen, possibly for an “Heir to the Empire” adaptation. Lars Mikkelsen, who plays Thrawn in “Ahsoka,” weighed in on the character’s future. So, what’s the Grand Admiral going to do? Make a play for the throne, it seems:
“Straighten out all the others and tidy up the shop. I could imagine something in terms of a power play within the Empire.”
“Ahsoka” season 2 does not currently have a release date.