What We're Watching: Who Is Ahsoka Tano, and What Does She Mean for the Child?


If you subscribe to Disney +, chances are it’s mostly for a show –The Mandalorian. It’s a show that’s part of a cowboy adventure in space, a bounty hunter drama, a party Star wars tale, and part … uh … Punky brewster? If you’ve followed, you know that the Mandalorian’s next goal is to find Ahsoka Tano because she knows where the Jedi is. But who is Ahsoka Tano?

Note: The Mandalorian is an ongoing show, and Season 2 is currently airing. While we’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, we will be discussing events during Episode 3 of the current season. However, we’ll be avoiding the plot points of the last episode for those who haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. We will also discuss the plot points of The clone wars and Rebels closer.

“Do you expect me to search the galaxy for this creature’s home and deliver it to an enemy wizard race?” In a nutshell, this sentence sums up the current mission of Din Djarin (also known as the Mandalorian and played by Pedro Pascal). At the end of Season 1, the gunsmith (Emily Swallow) assigns him to return the child to his people.

The Mandalorian and the Child on a Frozen World.

Djarin seems to have the mistaken impression that the Jedi and the children are one and the same. His final lead in finding the Jedi is to search for a person named Ahsoka Tano in the town of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus.

While The Mandalorian introduces several new characters at Star wars universe, you might be surprised to learn that Ahsoka is not an invention of the series. Like Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff), the other Mandalorian who gave Djarin the lead, Ahsoka is from The clone wars animated series. (Not the cartoon that followed the style of Samurai jack, but the later CGI series.)

So is Ahsoka a Jedi? No, but she wanted to be. In The clone wars, she is padawan to none other than Anakin Skywalker. (That’s right; she’s Darth Vader’s old pupil.) Under Anakin’s tutelage, she grew from a young, whiny child (so, classic Star wars) double lightsaber, force blows, kicks Togruta (that’s his race) who can stand one-on-one with the likes of Darth Maul.

But she doesn’t finish her Jedi training. In season 5 of The clone wars, someone convicts her of murder. Many Jedi don’t believe she’s innocent, and although Anakin catches the real culprit, the situation leaves her disillusioned with the Jedi Order.

An older Ahsoka looking at an R2 droid.

Ahsoka returns in new series Rebels, albeit as a much older and more hardened individual. She now wields two white lightsabers, and at one point participates in an epic duel with Darth Vader. At the start of the fight, she simply suspects Vader’s true identity, but finds out the truth in the end. And she barely escapes with her life, thanks to some Star Wars-time travel style (yes, really).

However, this escape traps her on a spiritual level (it is… complicated), and she does not reappear in Rebels until the series finale. When we leave with Ahsoka, she begins a journey to find the principal Rebels character, Ezra, who is lost somewhere in a remote part of the galaxy.

You might be wondering if Bo-Katan really knows Ahsoka – and the answer is yes, she does. They first meet in Season 4 as enemies. But this year, The clone wars got a surprise seventh season after a six-year hiatus. In the final season, Bo-Katan and Ahsoka come together and fight side by side (more or less) to defeat Darth Maul, who toppled Mandalore, the house of the Mandalorians.

What we don’t know is whether Ahsoka really knows where the remaining Jedi are. We have yet to find out whether or not she has encountered Luke or any other Hidden Jedi – other than those featured in Rebels (most of whom are dead or missing). However, shWe have a tantalizing knowledge of the child. After all, she met and fought alongside Yoda during her years as a Padawan. She may be one of the few people who still remember Yoda’s people.

But we’ll have to wait to find out. If Djarin has proven one thing, it’s that he’s used to being distracted from his main task. He’s almost always on a side quest. It’s not yet known when Ahsoka will appear, but it looks like Rosario Dawson will play the character.

Our money is on episode 5. After all, Dave Filoni directed this episode, and he created Ahsoka (alongside George Lucas). Don’t miss it, because Ahsoka is one of the most interesting characters of all Star wars. You can find out its full story by watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels on Disney +.

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