Ahsoka Tano has quickly become one of the most iconic Star Wars characters, having been a major player in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a key figure in Star Wars: Rebels, and more recently making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian, in which she’s played by Rosario Dawson.
Now, she’s getting her own live-action show, which is due for release in 2022, with Rosario Dawson reprising her role. And there have been some recent developments too, with Natasha Liu Bordizzo being cast as Sabine Wren and Ivanna Sakhno confirmed in an undisclosed role.
There are rumors of Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn also making an appearance, which means that Ahsoka could end up being a sequel of sorts to Star Wars: Rebels. Nevertheless, it is titled Ahsoka, so we’re pretty confident the focus will be on the rebel Jedi!
But if you think you’ve already learned everything there is to know about Ahsoka Tano, think again! After all, where is she during all three Star Wars trilogies? While of course she was only created in 2008, she exists now, so let’s find out where she’s been hiding…
The Clone Wars spans the three years between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and this stretch of time holds no mystery with regards to Ahsoka’s whereabouts. She’s Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan – at least until she leaves the Jedi Order after losing trust in the Council for their lack of support when she’s framed for murder.
For a while, Ahsoka works as a mechanic on Coruscant but returns to the war just as the Empire is about to rise. In the show’s four-part finale, Ahsoka senses through the Force her master’s fall, as she hears the scene from Revenge of the Sith in which Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) kill Mace Windu (Samuel L Jackson).
These final four final episodes run alongside Revenge of the Sith and revolve around Ahsoka and her company of Clone Troopers (led by Captain Rex) as they help Bo-Katan Kryze to remove Darth Maul from power on Mandalore. And when Order 66 hits, Ahsoka is in deep space-transit between Mandalore and Coruscant.
The epilogue sees Ahsoka and Rex surviving a crash on a desolate moon, where they decide to fake their own deaths to evade the newly-formed Galactic Empire. We then jump forward a few years and see the moon long covered in snow, when Darth Vader and the Empire arrive to inspect the wreckage.
As for the first two prequels, we know that Ahsoka doesn’t become Anakin’s apprentice until Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which is set after Attack of the Clones. And as it’s said that Ahsoka was taken from her home planet by the Jedi at age three, this means that she’s four years old during The Phantom Menace, so is likely training in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant during both films.
Now that we’ve cleared up the prequel trilogy, where is Ahsoka during the original trilogy? After faking her own death in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka goes into hiding. As told in the novel Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston, she spends a good year moving between planets, before eventually offering her skills to secret rebel leader Senator Bail Organa.
She also appears in Star Wars: Rebels – some 13 years later and five years before the original trilogy – in which she’s still working for Organa while using the alias Fulcrum. However, things get a little complicated when she soon finds herself face to face with Darth Vader in a Sith Temple on Malachor.
Her friends aboard the Ghost are forced to leave her to duel and assume she is killed by the Sith Lord, but two years later, Jedi Ezra Bridger enters the World Between Worlds, a timeless dimension. Believing Ahsoka to have died by Darth Vader’s hand, Ezra uses a doorway to pull her from that moment. However, Ahsoka soon returns to the Sith Temple in the past.
As for her whereabouts during the original trilogy, it has been suggested – in a set of Topps‘ trading cards created by producer Dave Filoni, no less – that Ahsoka resides at the Sith Temple on Malachor after returning there from the World Between Worlds. Transformed by her experience in the mystical realm, Ahsoka embarks on a spiritual journey.
And we know that there must be some truth to this (and by truth, we mean canon!), as she reappears in the show’s epilogue, dressed entirely in white, exuding some serious spiritual vibes, and approaches Sabine Wren with a plan to find Ezra, who disappears into the Force while saving the Ghost Crew and his home planet Lothal in the finale.
The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the original trilogy ends, which means that Ahsoka would be, at this point, a much older woman. When we meet her in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she’s 14 years old, so she would be 70 at the time of the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
However, Ahsoka doesn’t actually appear in any of the three movies, although her existence is acknowledged in the final chapter The Rise of Skywalker. During her battle with Emperor Palpatine on Exegol, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is almost killed, and while near death, she reaches out to the Force for guidance.
From way beyond the cosmos, several Jedi speak to Rey and give her the power she needs to destroy the Sith Lord once and for all. While you’ll hear many familiar voices, from Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), among them is that of Ahsoka Tano, with actress Ashley Eckstein reprising her role.
This leads to some inconsistencies, though, as we know that every other Jedi in this scene is dead, which means the film is suggesting that Ahsoka has also died. Another issue is the voice itself, as there’s no reason why Ahsoka’s Force Ghost should sound so young – unless we’re to believe she dies shortly after The Mandalorian.
While this is probably because Rosario Dawson hadn’t yet been cast as the live-action version of the character, it does lead us to speculate that Ahsoka isn’t dead in The Rise of Skywalker. After all, a Jedi doesn’t need to transcend to be able to communicate through the Force. Come to think of it, do they even need to be in the same moment of time..?
We wouldn’t be surprised if Ahsoka offers some answers as to her whereabouts during the original trilogy and sequel trilogy, and we might even get some flashbacks, in which a younger actress would need to play the character. So here’s to hoping we see some scenes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels recreated in live-action!
Do you think Ahsoka’s whereabouts during the three Star Wars trilogies will be explained in the upcoming show?