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Ahsoka: Who is Baylan Skoll?

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 29, 2023. 06:39 pm UPDATED: Aug 29, 2023. 06:39 pm

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A much-anticipated addition to the vast Star Wars universe is Ahsoka. The program meticulously follows the journey of the legendary Ahsoka Tano herself while tracing the paths of adored characters from the Star Wars Rebels saga. The introduction of novel Sith personas within Ahsoka, which are based on established history that ardent fans of the series are familiar with in-depth, is what casts the plot in mystery.

The season’s opening episodes introduce viewers to the world of Sith mercenaries, a novel dynamic in the Star Wars saga. Baylan Skoll, a brand-new creation in the Star Wars pantheon, advances boldly to the front. This character is brought to life by Ray Stevenson, who sadly passed away. This raises the possibility that Baylan Skoll will have a significant impact on the story as the series progresses.

Skoll’s backstory reveals a moving plot twist: he was once a Jedi who survived the terrifying Order 66 crucible, but he later transformed into a mercenary of the Sith who travels the galaxy as a hired gun. After going through such trauma, Skoll’s path brought him to the Sith, where he took on an apprentice in the form of Shin Hati, who was portrayed by Ivanna Sakhno. Their shared travels planted the seeds of loyalty to the Empire, a quality that might have drawn them into the orbit of Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose aspirations for galactic dominance are well known.

The first few episodes of the series only give a fleeting glimpse into Skoll’s mysterious character. What is the true purpose behind his mastery of the Force, which remains an unanswered question? It is conceivable that his role goes beyond merely acquiring power and steers toward something complex and intensely intimate. Skoll’s mission, which is evidently rooted in the aftermath of a traumatic past, resonates as an intimate response to history’s scars and raises the possibility of a larger story that goes beyond the lust for power and explores the depths of emotional resonance.

By the end of the first episode, a crucial conversation about the importance of Thrawn’s comeback takes place between Shin Hati and Skoll. Skoll’s response, “Power, beyond the limits of your imagination,” is succinct but loaded with significance. This echoes a theme that is similar to Anakin Skywalker’s journey in Revenge of the Sith under Darth Sidious’ control—a motif ingrained deeply within the Star Wars narrative tapestry.

Baylan stands out, though, for the complex way in which his goals diverge from merely seeking power. Skoll’s quest for power may have philosophical roots, in contrast to Anakin’s path, giving his goals a multifaceted complexity that deviates from the norm. His quest for dominance might very well act as a conduit for deep reflections that might be entangled with complex ideologies. This difference gives him a more sophisticated personality and positions his quest as a means of deep philosophical inquiry, elevating it above the usual realm of power-hunger.

Given their shared loyalty to the Sith and shared desire for galactic supremacy, Baylan and Shin Hati have a remarkable level of respect for one another. Their beliefs align around the chance for control signaled by Grand Admiral Thrawn’s comeback, a chance they see as crucial for determining the galaxy’s future. The reappearance of Thrawn holds the potential to accelerate the establishment of their dominion within this shared vision.

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