The next installment of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will finally show us The Siege of Mandalore. Here’s what we know about one of the war’s final and most significant battles.
This post contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Due to its 2013 cancellation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars didn’t end where fans – or its supervising director, Dave Filoni – wanted it to. But now, 10 years after it began, Disney has announced it’s bringing the show back for a seventh season.
Its story arc will reportedly cover The Siege of Mandalore, the intended focus of the show’s would-have-been eighth and last season.
We don’t know all the details yet. But thanks to E. K. Johnston’s standalone Ahsoka novel, Star Wars Rebels, and Filoni’s original plans for the 2008 series, we might know at least a few things we might expect to see during and after the battle.
Here’s everything you might not know about Ahsoka Tano’s involvement in the end of the war – and who she encountered there.
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Ahsoka went to Mandalore to capture Maul
Maul’s story didn’t end after The Phantom Menace. And anyone who scratched their heads at Maul’s surprise reveal at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story might be wondering how he got involved with a crime syndicate after we left him in the original Clone Wars series.
Ahsoka and Captain Rex led the 501st Legion into battle to overthrow Maul, who then ruled Mandalore by-proxy. Lightsabers clashed. The Republic nearly succeeded.
But Maul, Ahsoka, and Rex all clearly survived the siege (as seen in Rebels), which already tells us something significant must have happened to disrupt the mission.
Perhaps an executive order from a certain Supreme Chancellor.
It took place during the Battle of Coruscant
Even though Ahsoka left the Jedi Order at the end of Season 5, she still headed up the Mandalore mission alongside Rex, which he mentioned to Ezra and company in the second season of Rebels.
Her former master, Anakin Skywalker, was a little busy “rescuing” Palpatine from General Grevious at the time. The Battle of Coruscant achieved what the soon-to-be Emperor intended it to: Drawing Skywalker to the dark side.
Ahsoka didn’t learn the true fate of the Jedi until years later, when she felt his presence and discovered his true identity in Rebels.
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Ahsoka and Rex faked their own deaths
Through flashbacks, Ahsoka summarized several key events that occurred during and after the siege – events the author adopted from former head Clone Wars writer Matt Michnovetz.
Johnston’s novel revealed that Rex and Ahsoka were forced to escape Mandalore to avoid the aftermath of Order 66.
Before they left, they dug a false grave, and buried the body of a different clone trooper. Ahsoka left her lightsabers behind to make her death more believable.
It’s unclear at this time how many of these details will make it into the newest installment of the show. But since some of the details are definitely canon, we’re holding our breath waiting for Maul and Ahsoka to share the small screen again.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return with all-new episodes when Disney launches its streaming service in 2019.