In Ahsoka Part 3 “Time to Fly”, Huyang comments about the line of non-traditional Jedi Ahsoka comes from. This line of Jedi is affectionally called the “disaster lineage” by Star Wars fans. Every master and apprentice relationship within this lineage ended in tragedy, and after Ahsoka, that line has been extended to include Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren. Will their partnership be the next to end tragically?
What started the disaster lineage?
The disaster lineage began with Master Yoda. Even though the little green Jedi Master is known well for his wisdom and unparalleled force abilities, his Padawan Count Dooku leaves him disappointed by turning to the dark side. Dooku began to grow disillusioned with the Jedi and their growing political involvement in matters concerning the Republic. That political involvement made the Jedi puppets of the senate instead of peacemakers, but their hypocrisy was evident to Dooku who was troubled by their silence on matters that showed that the Republic wasn’t functioning well and that the people’s rights weren’t being protected. Dooku wanted the Jedi to take care of the poor and helpless, instead of catering to powerful politicians. Eventually, Palpatine took advantage of Dooku’s growing disillusionment that, combined with the heartbreak from the death of Qui Gon Jinn, made him a very easy target. That’s where the disaster lineage started. This, followed by Qui Gon’s untimely death and Anakin’s fall to the dark side, is why Ahsoka is descended from the “disaster lineage.”
Ahsoka’s role in the disaster lineage:
Ahsoka has experienced countless tragedies as a Jedi who fought during The Clone Wars. As Anakin’s Padawan, she was mentored by both Anakin and Obi-Wan, as well as other masters including Yoda and Mace Windu. But her direct connection to the tragedy of the disaster lineage is Anakin’s fall to the dark side and the guilt she carries as a result of that. Ahsoka left the Jedi Order a little while before the war ended and Anakin became Darth Vader, but the corruption of her Master is something she couldn’t believe was possible even when Darth Maul told her about Palpatine’s plan to make Anakin his apprentice repeatedly. Now, Ahsoka has a Padawan of her own. She’s already walked away from Sabine once, the same way she walked away from Anakin. But if she gives up one more time on Sabine, it may prove disastrous.
The future of Ahsoka and Sabine’s partnership:
Ahsoka and Sabine’s issues have already been touched upon several times in the series. It is unclear so far if these issues will be resolved or continue to grow. They make for a very unlikely Master and Padawan. Ahsoka is extremely talented in the force, whereas, Sabine hasn’t used the force even once and she seems very frustrated that she lacks the force abilities that Jedi are supposed to have. There’s also the fact that she’s a born Mandalorian and the Mandalorian warrior is trained under a completely different ideology. Sabine’s main purpose for training as a Jedi is still unclear, however, it seems to have a lot to do with her strong connection with Ezra Bridger, but what happens if Ezra isn’t found, or if Ezra doesn’t survive future events? Will Sabine break away from Ahsoka and turn to the dark side the way Count Dooku and Anakin did? Even though she isn’t force sensitive in the way Anakin was, something already forced Ahsoka to abandon her training once. Maybe Ahsoka fears Sabine’s attachment to Ezra will have terrible results. Perhaps Ahsoka also fears that Sabine could end up having a terrible fate, otherwise, why would she abandon her training, and why would she have refused to train Grogu? She was concerned that Grogu’s strong attachment to his father might become a hindrance in his Jedi training, so the same may apply to Sabine’s attachment to Ezra.
Before becoming the best master possible, Ahsoka must overcome her guilt over the fall of Anakin to the dark side and let go of the fear that history will repeat itself. Not every story ends the same way, but there’s no telling how trying the coming times will prove to be for Ahsoka and Sabine’s relationship. It may cause irreparable damage to them both, or it may finally end the curse of the disaster lineage and show that anyone, even a Mandalorian, can be a Jedi.
Ahsoka is streaming now on Disney+.