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Star Wars' Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni Want Each Series To Stand Alone (& Honor Fans)

Together, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have ushered in a second coming of "Star Wars" media. While Filoni has long worked on "Star Wars" projects like "The Clone Wars," the two collaborated to bring the world "The Mandalorian," which has been the crown jewel of "Star Wars" content on Disney+. That show has slowly introduced other facets of lore from this universe, including other famous Mandalorians like Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Jedi like Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson). With Ahsoka getting her own live-action spin-off show, there's a lot for "Star Wars" fans to get excited about, but it's natural for there to be trepidation as well. 

With so many series interconnecting that will apparently culminate in a feature-length theatrical movie helmed by Filoni, there's always a worry that there could be too many cooks in the kitchen, with casual fans feeling lost from it all. No one wants to do homework before watching a film, and Favreau and Filoni seem aware of keeping things accessible enough for everyone to enjoy the ride. IGN spoke with the two at 2023's Star Wars Celebration, and Filoni admitted the need not to get storylines too inside baseball, "As much as these shows are tangential to one another and in the same time period, I think it's important that you can watch them of their own."

Star Wars is all about entering in the middle

Dave Filoni continues by saying how anyone should be able to sit down and watch "Ahsoka" or whatever else and appreciate the story as it is. By the same measure, he does admit that for people who have followed this story through other series they're naturally going to understand all of the references and gain a greater appreciation for the series. Basically, the shows need to be able to have their cake and eat it, too, by satisfying long-time fans who have invested years into these characters as well as people who are jumping in for the first time. But obviously, when "A New Hope" first came out in theaters, there were references to the Clone Wars that weren't elaborated upon, so "Star Wars" fans should be used not to having all of the information at their fingertips.

And both Filoni and Jon Favreau admit it's easier than ever before to get caught up to speed. Filoni points out how all of "The Clone Wars" is on Disney+, so anyone wanting to see more of Ahsoka's adventures can watch it easily. Favreau points out, "I'll watch recaps or certain YouTubers that I'll watch who'll walk me through it in addition to content that's put out by the networks or the studios." Both assure fans that there are plenty of avenues to take, and they go out of their way to make the shows as easy as possible to watch. That includes "Previously On," where viewers are shone context to a particular episode. 

Favreau concludes by saying how some people have invested decades into "Star Wars," and they don't want them to feel like their commitment goes unnoticed. There are always going to be tidbits for the hardcore fans, but casual viewers who don't stay up-to-date on everything can still feel included. "Star Wars" is for everybody!