Ahsoka: Is Shin Hati a Luke Skwalker clone?

Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

One of the best things about being a Star Wars fan is the abundance of theories that our fanbase creates. Whether it’s an origin theory, a death theory, or just how characters got to where they are in the series of shows and movies, they’re fun to speculate about. If Star Wars hasn’t provided a clear backstory or the connective tissue required to show how characters got from point A to point B in their life, there is a theory somewhere, and I am here for it.

One of the best and most recent examples is the Ahsoka series. We saw theories about Baylan Skoll, Marrok the Inquisitor, and all the characters in between. Now, Shin Hati has a new one circling around.

Some of these theories are grounded in the knowledge of the Star Wars universe, calling on examples found in previous canonical works to show how or why their theory was viable. However, some of the theories don’t have the legs required to support the weight of their theory, but they’re still fun to muse about.

The Shin Theory

The basic theory is this: Shin Hati is a female clone of Luke Skywalker.

The theory comes from Timothy Zhan’s novel Heir to the Empire. In the novelization, Luke Skywalker’s hand that was cut off in Bespin was saved and used for cloning Luuke Skywalker, the replacement for Luke when he wouldn’t join forces with Thrawn. Luuke was eventually killed by Lukes future wife, Mara Jade.

Also included in theory is that Baylan Skoll is a stand-in replacement for Joruus C’boath, another cloned Jedi who worked with Thrawn in the novels. Morgan Elsbeth or Ahsoka is not included in this theory, and frankly, Baylan is a very small part of it.

Does it make sense?

Honestly, no, it doesn’t at this point, despite all the Palpatine cloning happening in the sequel era. We don’t have enough data about Shin Hati and where she comes from to say that she is a Luke Skywalker clone. The basis of this theory is so loosely connected that it almost falls apart after mentioning it. Would it be a great storyline and fun to watch? Absolutely! Is it likely to be true? More than likely not.

This theory is an attempt to connect Legends work to the current canon. Heir to the Empire has been a beloved series since the 90s, so much so that Grand Admiral Thrawn was introduced in Star Wars Rebels.

The problem is that Star Wars and Lucasfilm opened the door with Thrawn. They kicked it open a little more with the inclusion of the story name “Heir to the Empire” when Ahsoka spoke of Thrawn. This only served to intrigue the fans more. There are multiple trilogies from Timothy Zahn about Grand Admiral Thrawn in both Legends and canon which fans adore.

Where do we go from here?

Well, now we wait. We wait for Season 2 of Ahsoka to see more details about Shin Hati. Will they dive into her background, showing where she came from and why she joined forces with Baylan Skoll as his apprentice? Hard to say.

Will we see more about where Shin goes from what we saw in the final scenes of Ahsoka with her raising her orange lightsaber over her head to the bandits, showing that she will be their leader? I think that’s more of a possibility.

In fact, I think that we may even be seeing Shin Hati and her bandits as a way to lead into the story of Snoke and the Knights of Ren. I think that’s a more plausible explanation for Shin and where she is going. One thing we can be sure of is Season 2 of Ahsoka will hold more of the answers that we seek.

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