One of the most highly anticipated shows on Disney Plus’s upcoming premiere slate is Ahsoka. Disney announced Ahsoka as one of the ten new Star Wars shows that would be exclusively released on Disney Plus. The show’s title refers to Ahsoka Tano, the former Padawan (the word for Jedi student in Star Wars) of Anakin Skywalker who left the Jedi order and became a hero in her own right.
In order to understand where the Ahsoka series could begin story-wise, we need to rewind to understand Ahsoka’s story.
A Bit of Backstory: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Jedi Master Yoda assigned Ahsoka to Anakin Skywalker as Anakin’s Padawan. Yoda hoped that his assignment would help Anakin learn how to let go when the time was right, rather than becoming so attached as he was prone to do. Jedi were not supposed to form attachments. Emotions and attachments could lead a Jedi to the dark side.
So of course, Anakin got super attached to Ahsoka, with the two forming a brotherly-sisterly bond.
Ironically it was Ahsoka herself who broke away from Anakin. She chose to leave the Jedi Order after she was wrongly accused of bombing the Jedi Temple. Many fans think Ahsoka’s decision to leave the Jedi Order, and Anakin by proxy, was one of the factors that led Anakin to turning to the dark side and becoming Darth Vader.
Master/Student Reunite In Star Wars: Rebels
Ahsoka is working behind the scenes during the fledgling years of the rebellion utilizing the code name Fulcrum. She meets and befriends the crew of the Ghost, including Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger (who was also a Jedi Padawan.) Ahsoka also discovers to her horror that the evil Darth Vader is her former Jedi master Anakin, and comes face to face with Vader in an epic duel. Ezra would later go missing during a battle along with Grand Admiral Thrown, who Ahsoka mentions when she appears in The Mandalorian.
Ahsoka Refuses to Train Baby Yoda
Ahsoka made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian, played by Rosario Dawson. Ahsoka meets Din Djarin and Baby Yoda in, “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” and reveals to Djarin that Baby Yoda’s actual name is Grogu. Somehow Grogu was rescued from the Jedi Temple were he was with the other younglings where he was whisked away before Darth Vader came and slaughtered the remaining younglings still in the temple.
Ahsoka senses that Baby Yoda is Force-sensitive, but she refuses to train him. She senses the same type of fear in Baby Yoda that once possessed Anakin, and she didn’t want to see someone else turn to the dark side. Ahsoka asks the evil Magistrate terrorizing the local town featured in, “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” where Thrawn was, presumably because Ahsoka was looking for Ezra.
That was the last fans saw of Ahsoka Tano, so where will she be during the Ahsoka series?
What We Do Know
Rosario Dawson will be returning to play Ahsoka. (Ahsoka was voiced by Ashley Eckstein in Clone Wars and Rebels) The spin-off series is in the works, but a release date has yet to be confirmed. The show has not started filming as of yet. The show is in good hands, with The Mandalorian co-creator Dave Filoni executive producing Ahsoka. (Filoni created Ahsoka with George Lucas himself.) Ahsoka will have a crossover event with another Star Wars show in the works: Rangers of the New Republic. No other cast members have been officially announced yet.
It’s been speculated that the Ahsoka series will focus on Ahsoka’s hunt for the missing Ezra Bridger and the evil Grand Admiral Thrawn. Ahsoka will reportedly be only one season so hopefully that means longer episodes. An unconfirmed leak stated that the Ahsoka series would be a live-action sequel for Star Wars: Rebels. Rosario Dawson did like a tweet that talked about Sabine Wren making her live-action debut in the Ahsoka series. Make of that what you will.
Plot details are still relatively scarce for the Ahsoka series, and it will probably be a long time before fans get to see Ahsoka in her own show. However, fans can tide themselves over with Clone Wars, Rebels, The Mandalorian, and all nine Star Wars movies, all exclusively on Disney Plus in the meantime.