Whether you are a newcomer to Star Wars or a lifelong fan, keeping track of the timeline and essential character details can be overwhelming. Lucasfilm and Disney+ have given us many Star Wars series over the years, including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Andor.
The anticipated trailer for Ahsoka made its debut during the Star Wars celebration featuring some familiar faces. With this in mind, here is everything you need to know before Ahsoka.
Who is Ahsoka?
Ahsoka Tano has appeared in many different projects within the Star Wars Universe. In her first appearance, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she is presented as Anakin Skywalker’s (Matt Lanter) apprentice. After the events of The Clone Wars, she distanced herself from the Jedi Council and later went on to be cast as an ally to the Rebel Alliance.
Ahsoka’s appearances in the Star Wars universe are as follows:
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2014; 2020)
- Star Wars: Rebels (2014-2018)
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (2017-2018)
- Tales of the Jedi (2022)
- The Mandalorian (2020)
- The Book of Boba Fett (2022)
During her time in the Star Wars universe, Ahsoka has always been presented as a snarky, stubborn and reckless individual. However, over time The Clone Wars graciously shows her loyal and kind-hearted side.
Ahsoka’s fall in ‘The Clone Wars‘
During Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where she is voiced by Ashley Eckstein, Yoda assigns Ahsoka to learn under Anakin Skywalker, despite Obi Wan’s (James Arnold Taylor) desire for a new Padawan.
Ahsoka fights alongside Obi-Wan and Anakin numerous times which often results in arguments about each other’s flaws and weaknesses. Over time, they both grow closer and closer, and she finally becomes fond of her master.
The friendship between the two comes to a sudden halt when Ahsoka is deemed guilty by the Jedi Council after a bomb hits the Jedi Temple. After Anakin learns who the true culprit is, the Jedi Council offers to reinstate Ahsoka’s Padawan status. However, she refuses, which results in her exit from the Jedi order and a permanent rift between her and Anakin.
“As a Jedi, we were trained to be keepers of the peace, not soldiers. But, all I have been since I was a Padawan is a soldier”—Ahsoka to Rex in The Clone Wars.
The Seige of Mandalore
After Ahsoka’s separation from the Jedi Order, she migrates to Coruscant where she connects with two sisters, Trace and Rafa Martez. The Jedi orders recruits her to help retake Mandalore against Darth Maul (Sam Witwer). There she reunites with her master, gains new lightsabers, and leads the Jedi alongside the clone troopers against Maul.
Ahsoka is forced to fight for her life after beating Maul in a duel. The execution of Order 66 leaves her in a tricky situation, landing in a ship full of chipped clones ready to strike against her. Ahsoka, crashing her ship with Captain Rex’s help, chooses to bury her lightsabers and seek out a new life.
Soon she is drawn back into fighting the Empire after Inquisitors track her down. Following her victory against the Inquisitor, Bail Organa (Phil LaMarr) urges her to help the Rebel Alliance, leading her to the “Ghost Crew” from Star Wars Rebels.
Everything you need to know before Ahsoka: The Rebels, and Darth Vader
Ahsoka provides the Rebels with intelligence for their missions to hit Imperial forces. Due to the secrecy of the operations, the Rebels crew, more specifically Sabine Wren (Tina Sircar) becomes suspicious of Ahsoka and her background, due to Ahsoka operating under the codename Fulcrum. They insist on knowing her true identity.
After Ahsoka helps trains Ezra alongside Kanan, she continues to fights alongside the Rebel Alliance against the Empire, but her worst realization comes shortly after. During this time, Ahsoka learns the truth of what happened to Anakin—instead of perishing during Order 66, he is now the famous Sith Lord, Darth Vader. This results in a ferocious duel, leaving Darth Vader wounded and with the renowned half-destroyed mask.
Later, Ezra discovers the World Between Worlds, a Jedi temple beneath his home world of Lothal where Thrawn is hiding out. According to Star Wars Fandom the “World Between Worlds, also known as the Vergence Scatter, is a mystical plane within the force that serves as a collection of doors and pathways existing between time and space, linking everything together.”
During this discovery, he helps Ahsoka in her duel against Vader. However, after this Ezra uses the force to transport himself and Thrawn, to an unknown point within the universe. This leads Ahsoka to seek out fellow Rebel, Sabine, to help her find Ezra.
Ahsoka and The Mandalorian
Ahsoka’s most recent appearance features in The Mandalorian. Through her travel she comes across Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the legendary Mandalorian. Djarin requests that Ahsoka trains Grogu, a force sensitive child. However, she refuses because she is no longer classified as a Jedi.
Time passes as she helps Djarin free the planet Corvus from the Empire, later appearing at the Jedi Temple on Ossus. Ahsoka crosses paths with numerous characters in the Star Wars Universe as she reunites with Djarin and Grogu alongside Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who agrees to train Grogu.
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Who is Admiral Thrawn? Fans of Star Wars will recognize Admiral Thrawn, an incredible villain throughout the second half of the Rebels series. He will make his long-awaited return in Ahsoka.
Thrawn’s history in both the Rebels series and novels is interwoven with some of the most important characters in the Star Wars universe. He becomes Grand Admiral during the age of the Galactic Empire. During the Galactic Republic reorganization, Thrawn pledges his allegiance to Emperor Palpatine.
After Thrawn comes across Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger, stuck in the World Between Worlds on his command ship when they both are pulled into hyperspace and vanish into the unknown. During the years of Thrawn’s disappearance, Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader are seemingly killed at the Battle of Endor, yet this does not diminish Thrawn’s efforts to build a new order. With his talents and extensive knowledge Thrawn builds the First Order, which is a major factor in Emperor Palpatine’s continued rule and plan.
The Ahsoka cast
The Ahsoka cast is full of extensive characters starring Rosario Dawson as the title character reprising her role from The Mandalorian. Joining Ahsoka is Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson), Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) and Captain Rex (Temuera Morrison) as well as the cast of Rebels, Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo).
Ahsoka essential episodes
The Clone Wars series is vital to the origins of Ahsoka, however with a seven-season show, it can be hard to get through it all before the first episode of Ahsoka premieres. Luckily for you, we have narrowed it down to the most crucial Clone Wars and Rebels episodes to watch before Ahsoka.
- The Clone Wars Movie
- The Clone Wars season 1, episode 9: Cloak of Darkness.
- The Clone Wars season 2, episode 8: Brain Invaders.
- The Clone Wars season 3, episodes 21-22: Padawan Lost & Wookie Hunt.
- The Clone Wars season 5, episode 20: The Wrong Jedi.
- The Clone Wars season 7, episodes 9-12: The Siege of Mandalore.
- Rebels season 1, episode 15: Fire Across the Galaxy.
- Rebels Season 2, episode 18: Shroud of Darkness.
- Rebels season 2, episodes 21-22: Twilight of The Apprentice.
- Rebels season 3, episodes 21-22: Zero Hour.
- Rebels season 4, episode 15: Family Reunion – And Farewell.
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