We’ve undoubtedly seen our fair share of clones during the events of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ because the clones were always some of the most important aspects of that series. But while there were a lot of clones during the events of ‘The Clone Wars,’ the most prominent clone in all of them was Captain Rex, one of the best leaders and fighters.
The thing about Rex is that he was quite close to both Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano because they all worked in the 501st Legion together. In that regard, Rex is like family to Ahsoka, as we saw during the events of ‘Star Wars: Rebels.’ Considering that the ‘Ahsoka’ series is about Ahsoka and the people who are close to her, some fans thought that Rex would appear. And that was what happened in episode 5 of this series, but in a different way.
Ahsoka replayed important Clone Wars battles
Before we talk more about how and why Captain Rex appeared in episode 5 of ‘Ahsoka,’ let’s dispense with the preliminaries first so that it would be easier to understand the cameo appearance that Rex made in this episode.
In episode 4, Ahsoka Tano ended up in the World Between Worlds after getting struck down and nearly killed by Baylan Skoll. She fell into the waters of Seatos but found herself in the World Between Worlds, where she met Anakin Skywalker’s spirit. Anakin engaged Ahsoka in a duel so that he could complete the training that she never completed.
During the duel, Ahsoka found herself entering different moments between her and Anakin in the past, including the different missions they took together as a master and apprentice duo. The first one was the Ryloth Campaign, which happened earlier in Ahsoka’s life. The concluding one was the Siege of Mandalore, which was a battle that Anakin never fought in because he and Ahsoka had already parted ways by then.
For those who may not know, the Siege of Mandalore was one of the most defining moments in the storyline of ‘The Clone Wars.’ It took place in season 7 and was supposed to feature Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi as Bo-Katan Kryze asked them for help against Darth Maul and the Mandalorians who were loyal to him while he was ruling Mandalore as its shadow leader.
However, Chancellor Palpatine was captured by the Separatists during the Battle of Coruscant, and that was when the Jedi Council specifically asked Anakin and Obi-Wan to rescue the chancellor.
But before he left, Anakin allowed about half of the 501st Legion to go with Ahsoka to Mandalore to help Bo-Katan and her group. He also promoted Captain Rex to the rank of commander so that he could command the 501stLegion, while Ahsoka, who wasn’t a Jedi any longer, worked with him as a consultant. As such, Ahsoka and Rex led the 501st into battle during the Siege of Mandalore.
Rex appeared during the Siege of Mandalore
As mentioned, Ahsoka was one of the leaders of the 501st Legion during the Siege of Mandalore while she and the other clone troopers helped Bo-Katan Kryze defeat Darth Maul and the Mandalorians loyal to his rule. In that regard, Rex was basically the highest-ranking clone during that battle.
So, during the scene wherein Ahsoka was fighting in the Siege of Mandalore in ‘Ahsoka,’ she took down a few Mandalorians before turning her attention to Captain Rex to command him to push on forward.
This was Rex’s first-ever live-action appearance in the Star Wars universe despite the fact that he was always the most important clone trooper ever. Of course, Rex only appeared in what can be deemed as a flashback scene.
While we do know that Rex survived the entire Imperial era after he joined the Rebels during the Rebellion, we haven’t seen him since the fall of the Empire. It is possible that he is now chilling somewhere in the galaxy. But there’s a good chance that the actual Captain Rex would return to action, especially with Thrawn still looming as the next big threat to the security of the New Republic.
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