One of the most awaited series of the year is Ahsoka. The series will follow Ahsoka on her mission to find Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn. That’s not it, obviously, since a character that has the history Ahsoka does is whom this series is about, fans can expect some reasonable amount of exploration of her past experiences, both good and bad.
She was taken as a child by Jedi Master Plo Koon and trained at the Jedi Temple. Yoda assigned her to Anakin Skywalker and he reluctantly began training her as a Padawan. The move was done to allow Anakin to grow and learn to find some emotional balance by guiding his student and learning to let her go once the time came for her to become a Jedi Knight. Unfortunately and tragically, fate had something else in store for both Ahsoka and her Master.
Ahsoka felt betrayed by the Jedi after she was framed for bombing the Jedi Temple, and suspect of killing a person. She was put on trial and sentenced to death. Anakin fought to prove her innocence and eventually did. She was freed, and asked to return to the Jedi Order, but Ahsoka decided to leave. She lost trust in the Jedi, and her leaving was just another blow for Anakin at that point where he was already teetering closer and closer to the Dark Side. They only saw each other again a couple of times, and the last time Ahsoka saw him, Anakin was leaving to go save the Emperor. He fell to the dark side, and when they met again years later, they fought against each other in a powerful and emotional duel on Malachor. Anakin was now Darth Vader, and Ahsoka was struggling to accept that painful reality.
A meeting between Anakin and Ahsoka is much needed. Now that we have seen her and Luke together in The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 6, this really doesn’t leave much room for doubt about whether Ahsoka knows how it all ended for Vader and Anakin. Luke must have revealed to her that in his final moments, his father saved him and killed the Emperor, and died as Anakin Skywalker, not as Darth Vader. Regardless, even if Luke hadn’t told her himself, an event of that kind must have been something Ahsoka could have felt through the force. Her bond with Anakin was always very strong, and if he came back from the dark side and became one with the force, there’s a huge possibility that she probably felt it.
The series can shed more light on this. In The Mandalorian Season 2, Ahsoka seemed very unwilling to train Grogu, given his attachment to Din. She didn’t want to send Grogu on the same path as Anakin. She told Din that “I’ve seen what such feelings could do to a fully trained Jedi Knight. To the best of us.” Undoubtedly, “the best of us” referred to her master. Ahsoka was clearly still heartbroken over what happened to him, and maybe she can come to terms with these events and finally be reunited with her master if he appears to her as a force ghost. Imagine a conversation between Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker with Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano!
Emotional moments like these are what make Star Wars so special, and hopefully we’ll have a few between “Snips” and “Skyguy” in Ahsoka. Ahsoka streams in August on Disney+.