The show’s writers were excited for Ahsoka’s return in the second season, and Filoni was anxious about Rebels instead becoming “The Ahsoka Tano Show”. Consequently, Filoni required that Ahsoka play a role in service of Rebels’ main characters, Ezra and Kanan; he saw Ahsoka’s new role as similar to the one played by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Although Ahsoka is more mature in Rebels, Filoni wanted “aspects of that kid who was there to shine through”. He initially envisioned Ahsoka as a more “passive player” not engaged in combat, but later decided it was more appropriate to see Ahsoka as a warrior during a turbulent time. Ahsoka’s presence was necessary to allow Darth Vader to encounter the show’s lead characters without the latter being destroyed; Ahsoka can stand toe-to-toe with Vader.