The upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series is set to rekindle fan interest in Star Wars because this is the latest Star Wars series that will add more things to already interesting and large lore. But the problem is that some of the things that fans know about Star Wars were only from the live-action movies and shows. They probably haven’t seen the animated shows, particularly ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars: Rebels.’
Because of that, some fans might be unfamiliar with Ahsoka because she mostly appeared in ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels.’ So, for those who don’t know many things about Ahsoka Tano, here are some things you might want to know before you watch the ‘Ahsoka’ series.
1. She was Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan during the Clone Wars
The most important fact about Ahsoka Tano is that she was first introduced in the 2008 ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ movie that served as the opening of its series version. In this movie, she was introduced as the Padawan learner of Anakin Skywalker just after he was knighted. And the reason Ahsoka was given to Anakin to be his Padawan was so that he could learn how to let go of his attachments, as Yoda was aware that he was afraid to let go of the people he loved.
Since then, Ahsoka and Anakin have formed a bond unlike other Jedi and their Padawans. Instead, they were more like siblings that truly cared for one another and were afraid to let go of each other. In fact, Anakin was ready to do anything to make sure that Ahsoka was safe, similar to how he would go to the ends of the world to take care of the ones that he loved. So, in that regard, Anakin just became more attached to Ahsoka instead of learning how to let go of his attachments.
2. She left the Jedi Order before the end of the Clone Wars
During the final year of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano was framed by Barriss Offee for the bombing of the Jedi Temple, and that meant that the Jedi Council had to banish her from the Jedi Order. Anakin was the only one who believed that Ahsoka was innocent, as the young Padawan was hurt by the fact that the Jedi Council was not willing to listen to her side before banishing her. And the Jedi Council didn’t even try to intervene in the Republic’s trial of Ahsoka.
Nevertheless, Anakin proved his Padawan’s innocence by bringing Barriss to justice. But the damage had already been done because Ahsoka had lost faith in the Jedi. She was already losing her trust in the Jedi Order after the different things she experienced during the Clone Wars and realizing that the Jedi were not acting as peacekeepers by fighting a war they were not supposed to be fighting. As such, Ahsoka left the Jedi Order to find her own way.
3. She survived Order 66 and went into hiding
While Ahsoka may have been away from the Jedi Order, she was forced back into action when Bo-Katan Kryze of Mandalore asked for her assistance in relation to Darth Maul’s occupation of the planet as the secret ruler of Mandalore.
Ahsoka was not part of the Jedi Order, but she still helped Bo-Katan because she was always willing to help people in need. Anakin also allowed Ahsoka to bring Captain Rex and part of the 501st Legion with her to Mandalore while he and Obi-Wan saved Chancellor Palpatine during the Battle of Coruscant.
After defeating Maul, Ahsoka was on her way back to Coruscant with Rex, the 501st Legion, and Maul onboard the ship called the Tribunal. However, that was when Palpatine ordered the clones to execute Order 66, as Ahsoka had her hands full inside the ship while it was still in hyperspace. Ahsoka, however, was able to remove the inhibitor chip in Rex’s head and used Maul as a distraction to escape the Tribunal, which had become damaged.
The Tribunal crashed after Ahsoka and Rex escaped. However, Ahsoka felt disappointed that she couldn’t help the clones that became her friends during the war. She deposited her lightsabers on the crash site to pay tribute to her clone friends and to fool the Empire into thinking that they had succeeded in killing Ahsoka. After that, she hid for around a year until an Inquisitor forced her to return to action as an undercover informant working for Bail Organa.
4. She fought Darth Vader in ‘Rebels’
In ‘Rebels,’ Ahsoka served as a supporting character that fed information to the crew of the Ghost during their missions. She hid under the codename “Fulcrum,” a secret name Anakin used to use back in the Clone Wars. In an attempt to find a way to defeat Darth Vader and the Inquisitors, Ahsoka, Kanan Jarrus, and Ezra Bridger went to the ancient Sith planet of Malachor V, as that was Yoda’s instruction.
On Malachor V, they faced the Inquisitors and even met up with Maul, who was there to try to use the Sith weapon against Vader the Empire. At the top of the Sith Temple on that planet, Ahsoka finally came face to face with Darth Vader, who she already suspected was her former master, Anakin Skywalker. They fought in a close battle, and Vader told Ahsoka that he had killed Anakin because he was weak. Ahsoka, of course, had to fight Vader to ensure that both Kanan and Ezra escaped.
But Ahsoka damaged Vader’s mask to reveal Anakin’s eyes, and that was when she realized that her master had fallen to the dark side. She didn’t want to abandon Anakin again, so she didn’t try to escape while they were dueling. Vader was about to deal the final blow before Ezra, from two years into the future, used the World Between Worlds to save Ahsoka. After she got separated from Ezra, Ahsoka was back in Malachor, where she found another door to the World Between Worlds, wherein she supposedly spent the entire Rebellion era on a spiritual journey that changed her life.
5. She survived the Imperial era and appeared in ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’
Ahsoka was noticeably absent during the original trilogy, as it is possible that she spent years on her spiritual journey in the World Between Worlds. As such, it was only after the success of the Rebellion that she reappeared as she was there on Lothal to meet up with Sabine Wren so that they could go on a journey to find Ezra Bridger, who disappeared in the Unknown Regions of the galaxy to defeat Grand Admiral Thrawn.
However, five years into the era of the New Republic, Ahsoka was yet to find Ezra because she appeared in ‘The Mandalorian,’ wherein she demanded Morgan Elsbeth to tell her the location of Thrawn. That means she knew that Thrawn was still a threat and that Ezra might have been with him. She appeared once more in ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ wherein she had a moment with Luke on the site of his new Jedi Temple. And Ahsoka also reunited with Din Djarin, who he urged to keep himself away from Grogu so that he wouldn’t distract the child from his Jedi training.
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