Episode 4 of ‘Ahsoka’ was one of the best Star Wars episodes we’ve seen in a while due to the fact that it had a lot of action and drama involved in it. While a lot of people focused more on the action scenes in this episode, the drama was just as impactful, especially on the side of Sabine Wren. Baylan Skoll iterated the fact that Sabine had lost her family and that Ezra was the only family she had left. So, how did Sabine’s family die?
Sabine Wren’s entire family died on Mandalore during the event called the Great Purge of Mandalore, which destroyed most of Mandalore’s surface and killed most of the people on the planet. That is why Sabine believes that Ezra is the only family she has left, as her entire clan died on Mandalore.
One of the things that we saw during the events of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ was the fact that Sabine Wren’s entire family was alright. Nevertheless, we also found out in ‘The Mandalorian’ that the Empire had destroyed the entirety of Mandalore. This means that Sabine also lost her family during the Rebellion. That said, let’s look at what happened to Clan Wren.
Sabine’s family fought in the Rebellion
During the events of ‘Rebels,’ one of the things that we learned was that Sabine’s entire clan was loyal to the leader of Mandalore at that time. But we also found out that this loyalty was because the entire family was afraid to go against Gar Saxon and the support that he had from the Empire.
Nevertheless, Sabine and the Spectres convinced them to go against the Empire and the entirety of Clan Saxon because she possessed the Darksaber, which was Mandalore’s symbol of leadership.
As the storyline progressed, Sabine and her family gathered more help from the other clans of Mandalore to go up against the Empire and the Mandalorians who supported the Imperial occupation on the planet.
Clan Wren also allied with Bo-Katan Kryze and her Night Owls during the Rebellion period. Sabine left the Darksaber in the hands of Bo-Katan before returning to the Spectres because she understood that Bo-Katan was the true leader that the Mandalorians needed in the fight against the Empire.
Mandalore continued its fight against the Empire during the entire Rebellion era of Star Wars. This explains why the Mandalorians weren’t there to help the Rebel Alliance, as they were much more focused on trying to liberate their world from the Empire. And the Empire also got its hands busy on the Mandalorian resistance.
With that said, it is safe to say that Clan Wren fought during the Rebellion period. We also know that Sabine wasn’t there to help them out because she was on Lothal almost the entire time after Ezra Bridger’s disappearance. In episode 4 of ‘Ahsoka,’ we also learned from Baylan that Sabine wasn’t there in Mandalore to help her family because Ahsoka didn’t trust her well enough to leave.
Whatever the case may be, we know that Sabine’s family died on Mandalore because Baylan sensed this fact from within Sabine. This is also why Sabine is so determined to get Ezra back because she believes he is the only family she has left in the entire galaxy.
Clan Wren died during the Great Purge of Mandalore
We know that Sabine’s family died on Mandalore before the events of ‘Ahsoka.’ But how exactly did the entirety of Clan Wren get wiped out to leave Sabine as the only member of the clan in the galaxy?
Well, during the events of ‘The Mandalorian,’ we discovered that the Empire found it difficult to handle the Mandalorian rebels resisting Imperial rule on the planet. Moff Gideon was one of the Imperial officers charged with controlling the Mandalorians. But he struggled to do so because the Mandalorians were far too strong for their troops to handle.
That was when Gideon decided to take measures into his own hands. He understood that there was no way that the Empire would ever control the Mandalorians due to their stubborn nature and proud warrior tradition. And that was why he decided to bomb the entire planet and put pressure on Bo-Katan Kryze’s shoulder.
In season 3 of ‘The Mandalorian,’ Bo-Katan admitted that she surrendered to Moff Gideon and handed the Darksaber over to him so that he could control Mandalore. Bo-Katan chose to surrender because she wanted to spare her people from the wrath of the Empire. But instead of keeping his word, Gideon continued to bomb the entire planet to kill most of the Mandalorians.
This event was called the Night of a Thousand Tears, as a large contingent of TIE/sa bombers bombed and destroyed Mandalore’s major cities and population centers. Viper probe droids also swept through the planet to kill the citizens who survived the initial bombing. And the bombing, which used fusion bombs, left the surface of Mandalore crystalized.
There’s a good reason to believe that Clan Wren was among the Mandalorians killed during the Great Purge of Mandalore and the Night of a Thousand Tears. While Clan Wren was stationed on the planet of Krownest instead of on Mandalore, the entire clan was probably on Mandalore during the Rebellion to fight the Empire with their full force.
Nevertheless, the Empire wiped out Clan Wren and many other Mandalorian clans during the Rebellion as Moff Gideon wanted to lay claim to the planet and establish a base for himself there. Only a few Mandalorians survived, including the Children of the Watch and Bo-Katan Kryze herself.
The death of Clan Wren affected Sabine
Sabine, who wasn’t there during the Rebellion, also survived because, in Baylan’s words, Ahsoka didn’t trust her. Likely, Ahsoka didn’t allow Sabine to go to Mandalore to help her family because she knew it was a lost cause and that Sabine would only die there.
The death of Sabine’s entire clan may have affected her mentally and emotionally to the point that she secluded herself from her friends while staying on Lothal. Her inner guilt may have affected her because a part of her must have believed that she could have made a difference in Mandalore. But Ahsoka may have known that nothing would have changed if Sabine had been there.
Ezra, who was always like a little brother to Sabine, became the only family she had left as far as she was concerned. A part of Sabine may have felt guilty over the fact that she wasn’t there to help her family in Mandalore. But because she is in a position to help Ezra, she wants nothing more than to rescue him. The inner guilt that she may have felt in relation to not being able to help her clan may be pushing her forward to make sure that she would be able to get Ezra back home to their galaxy.
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