Warning: This article contains spoilers for Ahsoka, Episode 5, “Shadow Warrior.”
Last night’s newest Ahsoka episode, “Shadow Warrior,” was one of the most thought-out, brilliant, and beautiful pieces of Star Wars content since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012. This absolute work of art contained extremely well-choreographed lightsaber duels, one of which we haven’t seen in almost 20 years. Through combat and dialogue, we see the perfect conclusion to the friendship between Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. While everyone was soaking in the incredible return of Hayden Christensen, there was another return (at least in some form) that some casual fans may have missed.
At the beginning of Episode 5, we see many Clone Troopers when Ahsoka is brought back to one of her first missions with Anakin after she arrives in the World Between Worlds. During this scene, Ahsoka looks over and empathizes with a fallen Clone Trooper. His face had a towel covering it up, keeping the face hidden. Because all the clones were wearing their helmets, this had many wondering why we didn’t see the face of Star Wars residential clone actor, Temeura Morrison. While that could possibly have been Morrison’s face, It doesn’t make much sense as to why his face was not shown completely. Perhaps this clone, in particular, suffered a graphic head injury upon death, however, it never seemed like that was implied.
During Ahsoka’s final lesson, she’s brought back to the Siege of Mandalore, featuring an overrun planet taken over by the former Sith Lord, Maul. During the battle, we witness the live-action debut of the fan favorite, Captain Rex, voiced by Temuera Morrison. Rex was a clone who led numerous missions during The Clone Wars. His contribution to the series had a major impact and has also had fans wanting a live-action Captain Rex debut. Until now, we had never heard Rex be voiced by the original clone actor. While the return was only a mere 10 seconds with minimal dialogue, it answered many fans’ prayers. However, to others, it had us wondering where Morrison was.
While Morrison very well could have been in the Captain Rex armor, it again doesn’t add up to why they didn’t reveal his face in the previous scene. Perhaps those two scenes were filmed at different times, and Morrison could only commit to one. Neither Rex nor any other clones played a big role in this episode. Therefore, Morrison could have lent his voice virtually and wasn’t ever on set in person. Surely, this doesn’t compromise Morrisons’ future with Lucasfilm, a theory some have perpetuated that is far from being confirmed as his voice was featured in Episode 5.
Regardless of why Morrison couldn’t have made it, there will surely be future opportunities down the line, especially in this time period going forward. Like Ahsoka, the Boba Fett character is now tied into this new, interconnected story that Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau are telling throughout many projects. With that, there could always be room for Temuerua Morrison to put on a helmet one more time.