AHSOKA: The Late Ray Stevenson's Character, Baylan Skoll, Confirmed As Order 66 Survivor

AHSOKA: The Late Ray Stevenson's Character, Baylan Skoll, Confirmed As Order 66 Survivor

We finally have some new intel on the mysterious force-sensitive warrior played by the late Ray Stevenson, who was glimpsed in the recent Ahsoka trailer...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 07, 2023 11:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Via SFF Gazette

When the first trailer for Ahsoka debuted during Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, fans got a glimpse of a formidable force-sensitive character wielding a red (orange?) lightsaber.

His name was soon revealed to be Baylan Skoll, and he'll be played by Punisher: War Zone and Thor actor Ray Stevenson, who tragically passed away last month.

Very little has been disclosed about Skoll since, but in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, it's confirmed that he is indeed a former Jedi Knight who survived the events of Order 66 and became a mercenary for hire (which is why he's doing the bidding of Grand Admiral Thrawn).

“He is not genocidal or malicious or overly aggressive," said Stevenson during what may well turn out to be one of his final interviews. "He will request that you get out of his way. But if you don’t, he will take you out his way.” 

What made Skoll turn from the Jedi path and become a bounty hunter? All we know is that a "tragic event" set him on a darker journey.

It sounds like Skoll is far from your typical Imperial agent, and may find some redemption during the series as he hunts down Ahsoka and her allies.

Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.

The series stars Rosario Dawson in the title role, with Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, Diana Lee Inosanto as Morgan Elsbeth, Ivanna Sakhno as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson as Baylan Skoll, David Tennant as Huyang, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn, with Eman Esfandi appearing as Ezra Bridger.

Kevin Kiner was announced as the series' composer.

Ahoska is written by executive producer Dave Filoni, alongside executive producers Favreau, Kennedy, Wilson, and Beck. Gilchrist is co-executive producer. The series’ directors include Filoni, Steph Green, Peter Ramsey, Jennifer Getzinger, Geeta Vasant Patel and Rick Famuyiwa.

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TyrantBossMedia
TyrantBossMedia - 6/7/2023, 11:52 AM
This is what they are going to do for now on.

They are going to create Jedi and say they were "Order 66 survivors" which also goes against original trilogy canon.

Luke was supposed to be the last Jedi. Leia was the only other one that had potential to be the future of the Jedi.

Even Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy had Joruus C'Boath as a clone, of a crazy force user and Mara Jade as The Emperor's Hand who was a Sith who eventually turned to the light side.

And now we have Ahsoka, who left the Jedi order (yet they titled her episode in The Mandalorian Season 2 "The Jedi").
And Ezra Bridger who avoided the purge and escaped with Thrawn.

Now? Will they just be introducing more and more Jedi who "survived the purge"?
AnthonyVonGeek
AnthonyVonGeek - 6/7/2023, 12:07 PM
“What made Skoll turn from the Jedi path and become a bounty hunter? All we know is that a "tragic event" set him on a darker journey.“
I’d say….. Maybe Order66. 🤷‍♂️
slickrickdesigns
slickrickdesigns - 6/7/2023, 12:42 PM
Looking forward to seeing this because I like Ahsoka but also because I like Ray Stevenson’s portfolio of work and I’m glad we get to see one of his newest performances at least one more time.
AC1
AC1 - 6/7/2023, 1:29 PM
That's pretty cool, we don't see a lot of Force Sensitive Bounty Hunters and most Force Wielders are pretty clear cut as either "good" or "bad" (at least in live action) so seeing someone who's very much a morally grey character throughout the narrative will be pretty refreshing.

Also for those complaining earlier in the comments about Order 66 being sugar coated or whatever - there were over 10,000 Jedi pre-purge, and it was established years ago that there were a number of survivors but that almost all of them had turned their back on the Jedi way in order to go into hiding and survive, with Yoda and to an extent Obi-Wan being among the very few survivors who remained faithful to the cause by the time Luke came into the fold.

You guys seem to be looking at it like Luke is the last survivor of a species, like Superman being the last Kryptonian, and any other survivors introduced later dilute that, but that was never the point in Star Wars - the point was that the massive group that had effectively been in power for thousands of years were blinded by their own hubris, which resulted in their mass slaughter and having power taken away from them, leaving them as a small scattered group of underdogs and outcasts.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 6/7/2023, 1:59 PM
Reminds me of the Sith Marauders for some reason. Anyway, a former Jedi serving Thrawn? Pretty much the Jorus C'Boath of canon I suppose
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