IGN's Eric Goldman has posted another extensive interview with The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, and this time, Filoni isn't pulling any punches when it comes to the last few episodes of the series. Due to spoilers, we won't excerpt any of the meatiest parts of their conversation, but we will share the final part of the Q&A, where Filoni addresses a fan theory about a connection between The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Goldman asks him if there is any relation between Satine and Bo-Katan from The Clone Wars and Sabine, the Mandalorian woman who joins the rebel crew in the forthcoming series. Here's how Filoni responds:
[T]here really isn't any correlation. I mean, maybe I shouldn't debunk that stuff now, but I would hate for someone to have months of getting their hopes up and then be mad at me when things don't work out the way that they've been imagining it for months. But there really isn't a connection between Satine and Sabine. I found it amusing at the time when Simon [Kinberg], Greg [Weisman] and I were naming these characters. I was like, "Wow, Sabine... huh. I have a character that's named like that already!" So I kind of laughed at that, but it was good name, and we thought it fit the character, so we went with it. Then Pablo Hidalgo and I are always the ones that are like, "Aw, Clone Wars fans are going to think there's some relation here," but that's good. It's always good to wonder about what the connections are.Check out the full interview with Filoni right here, but be sure to set aside some time to read this, as it's full of amazing detail and fascinating insights into Filoni and George Lucas' thought process.
I've said it before, knowing that I worked on this show Clone Wars for a decade almost, it would be crazy to imagine I did another series and it was completely devoid of any connectivity whatsoever. I mean, we're pretty much happening after the last story I did anyway. While not a day or a month after it, it is sequentially ahead of what I just finished. So it's kind of a lucky thing because I have a perspective having created Clone Wars of knowing the history that the young people in Star Wars Rebels may or may not actually know and how much they know. It's provided an insight into how we write those characters, because what did the Clone Wars mean when you get out into the bigger galaxy, now that we're not dealing with, in particular the Republic or Separatists anymore, but an Empire and a band of Rebels? So it's exciting, I have to say. To see Stormtroopers every day now is exciting. They're so similar to Clones, but they're just different. They're the icons. Seeing a TIE Fighter is the icon. It's exciting to see those things alive again. I've seen them in other media, but this is a story in animated form, just like Clone Wars was. It's kind of like a legacy thing now in Star Wars, so it's exciting to be a part of this.