The Mandalorian season 2: What is Ahsoka Tano’s role in the story?

Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 711 “Shattered” - Image Courtesy Disney+
Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 711 “Shattered” - Image Courtesy Disney+ /

What is Ahsoka Tano’s role in The Mandalorian season 2?

If you’re a fan of The Mandalorian or Star Wars who has yet to dive into any of the animated series, then one of the biggest revelations of “Chapter 11: The Heiress” either made no sense or was missed completely.

When Mando is told where he can find a Jedi, he’s told to look for someone named Ahsoka Tano.

If you are a fan of the animated shows  Star WarsThe Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, you know very well who Ahsoka is and how amazing it is to finally have it official that she will appear in season 2 of The Mandalorian.

If you are strictly a fan of live-action Star Wars content at this point, you are going to be introduced to Ahsoka for the first time.

At least, that you know of.

Ahsoka’s voice can be heard at the end of The Rise of Skywalker as Rey is hearing the voices of many Jedi through the “thousands of generations.”

Who is Ahsoka Tano?

Ahsoka Tano was once the Jedi apprentice of Anakin Skywalker. She became a Jedi apprentice shortly before the Clone Wars, and fought as a Jedi and then alongside them as she left the Jedi order due to being wrongfully proven guilty for a crime, and the Jedi order did not believe her.

After leaving the Jedi for more reasons than just being wrongfully accused, Ahsoka returned shortly before Order 66 to help Bo-Katan Kryze overthrow Darth Maul, who had taken control of Mandalore.

Although at this time Ahsoka does not consider herself a Jedi, she is considered one by everyone else because of her history with them. Ahsoka miraculously survived Order 66 with the help of Darth Maul, ironically, and at that point, she went into hiding.

Ahsoka’s time in hiding was not overly long-lasting, as she became a secret member of the Rebellion known as “Fulcrum.” Her identity was later revealed on the animated series Rebels and she once again joined the fight for good and even the development of Jedi Ezra Bridger and his master, Kanan Jarrus.

Ahsoka once again survives a very close encounter with death in her duel with Darth Vader.

The final scene of Ahsoka in Rebels takes place in the show’s epilogue, which takes place after the Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi) in the Star Wars timeline. Ahsoka’s quest at this point in time is to find Ezra Bridger, and she embarks on this quest with Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian who had been fighting with the Rebellion.

Ahsoka Tano’s role in The  Mandalorian

With the war against the Empire over, the point in The Mandalorian where we are about to meet Ahsoka could be sometime before she ends up finding Ezra Bridger, or possibly even long after. At this point, it’s impossible to know that until a spinoff series is created.

But what we do know about Ahsoka is this: She is one of the most powerful Force-sensitive beings in all of Star Wars. She is someone who can clearly provide answers about The Child for the Mandalorian. She may even be able to communicate with him through telekinesis through the force.

At the very least, Ahsoka is going to be able to provide Mando clarity about the Child’s species, his special ability to heal, and where he potentially came from.

Ahsoka has major connections to Mandalorians as well. Obviously, she is close with Bo-Katan Kryze who is the one who sent Mando to her. She also has a very close connection with Sabine Wren, another Mandalorian who could be crucial to the story whenever she appears.

Ahsoka can also connect Mando potentially to Captain Rex, a Clone Trooper who was still alive after the Battle of Endor. Captain Rex is a “brother” of Boba Fett, who made an appearance in “The Marshal.”

One of the people who coveted the Child along with the Imperial remnant was Dr. Pershing, who was wearing a Kaminoan uniform in his appearances early on in the show. Rex could help connect Mando and Ahsoka to the planet Kamino, where there may be other important cloning experiments taking place that need to be either shut down or at least monitored.

One way or another, the introduction to Ahsoka is going to blow the can of worms wide open for Mando, who was once just a simple bounty hunter. He’s now found himself in the middle of a very tangled web.

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