“The Mandalorian” nearly broke every “Star Wars” fans’ brain when Ahsoka Tano showed up in the most recent episode. But will she return to the show?

What’s happening:

Rosario Dawson — the actress who plays the live-action version of Ahsoka Tano — recently told StarWars.com that she would be interested in returning to the “Star Wars” franchise as Ahsoka Tano.

Here’s her full statement on the matter, which suggest she won’t have a huge role on the show:

“I mean, I would love that opportunity,” she says. “I think it’s so cool that this show exists. I think it’s so cool that I got to show up and give information about this character, the Child, that everyone’s loved so much. You know, that she was not so much showing up as a cameo, but really being a storytelling device for new fans that have fallen in love with yet another new character that we’re getting to see grow. Little Grogu is just amazing.

“It’s interesting watching The Mandalorian, realizing you’re not seeing lightsabers, you’re not seeing a lot of what we love about Star Wars. It was really amazing to be able to have that gift of being able to bring that into this series and into this space, and I’m really grateful for that opportunity.”

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An Ahsoka spinoff?

For months, there has been rumors of a spinoff from “The Mandalorian” circulating the internet. Many of the rumors point to a series based around Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and “Rebels” character Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), uniting the shock trooper and the former Mandalorian together, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

That said, Ahsoka mentions in “The Mandalorian” that she is looking for Grand Admiral Thrawn, who we know disappeared with Ezra Bridger at the end of “Rebels.” This appears to be a setup for something new with Ahsoka Tano. But what that looks like remains unclear.

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What we know:

Dave Filoni — showrunner of “Rebels” and recent “Mandalorian” director — suggested in a new interview that the ending scene of “Rebels” where Ahsoka links with Sabine Wren to find the missing Ezra Bridger might not take place before “The Mandalorian,” as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Basically, there’s a future story to tell about Ahsoka.

“That’s not necessarily chronological. I think the thing that people will most not understand is they want to go in a linear fashion, but as I learned as a kid, nothing in ‘Star Wars’ really works in a linear fashion. You do (episodes) 4, 5 and 6 and then 1, 2 and 3. So in the vein of that history, when you look at the epilogue of ‘Rebels’ you don’t really know how much time has passed. So, it’s possible that the story I’m telling in ‘The Mandalorian’ actually takes place prior to that. Possible. I’m saying it’s possible.”