All Things Ashoka Tano

The final season of The Clone Wars is now behind us. But our young Jedi Padawan is growing up and there are a few things to know about her people that you might not have already seen.

Wait!

You’re not watching the Clone Wars Animated Series?

Get yourself to Disney plus and finish that series. You won’t regret it. However, this article pertains to one of the main characters so let me be clear. There will be some spoiler bits.

One of the unwelcomed turned beloved characters in the Clone Wars has to be the young Jedi Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. She became Anakin Skywalker’s trainee whom he called “Snips.” In-galaxy, Ahsoka’s story began when Jedi Master Plo Koon discovered the Force-sensitive Togruta when she was just a toddler and brought her to the Jedi Temple for training. 

Surprising, the Star Wars fans weren’t immediately on board with a young female wanna-be Jedi training under Anakin. But it didn’t take long for people to get behind the spunky little go-getter.

She ages some during the seasons as is obvious by her montrals that sit atop the head like all Togrutas. That’s where she wears the silka beads to show her dedication to the Jedi order. Until she leaves. Her leaving the Jedi order was a huge thing.

“Ahsoka walks away because she is conflicted. She is not mad at Anakin, she knows doing this will hurt him, but she hopes he understands. She is frustrated with the Jedi Council, there is a feeling of betrayal. She follows her heart, in a way this defies some Jedi teachings. It is what Anakin and Qui-Gon do. Her moral compass is guided by her heart and instinct. She cares, takes things personally, at least more personally than a normal Jedi. Like anyone Ahsoka evolves. As Luke does in the films.” – Dave Filoni

Ahsoka goes on to lead the Rex and the other 501st Legion clones into battle as their commander. After the implementation of Order 66, Ahsoka was sent into hiding. Once you’ve seen the last battle scenes of the final Clone Wars episode you’ll have no doubt she did the right thing.

Nothing new for her as she, Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker prevented 50,000 inhabitants of her home planet of Kiran from being a part of the royal slave auction, an old tradition that Zygerrians wanted so greedily to return. When the Togrutas returned to Kiros, they were fully armed and even received proper combat training from clone troopers after declaring they would no longer remain neutral and officially side with the Republic.

Ahsoka once went by a more Force-related name.

When Star Wars: The Clone Wars was being developed, Ahsoka went by a different name. The name Ashla — which has origins in the earliest incarnations of Star Wars. In early drafts of Star Wars by George Lucas, the Force was divided into the light (Ashla) and the dark (Bogan), which inspired this name and was later incorporated into canon in Star Wars Rebels.

Finished with the clone wars?

Find out what’s Then it’s time to go get into the book Ahsoka by E.K Johnston. Although it wasn’t as compelling as some of the other Star Wars books it was a great re-visit to our young Padawan.

I suggest the audio version read by Ashley Eckstein the voice of the Ahsoka character in the movies and the television show. It’s an easy listen and the plot is straightforward. Though there are some interesting choices in POV. The most compelling is that of Ahsoka dealing with her grief of losing her army of clones and her Jedi master Anakin.

There’s also the Star Wars Rebels on Disney plus for a little more Ahsoka during the rebellion. If that’s not enough, there are rumors that Rosario Dawson will portray an adult version of Ahsoka in The Mandalorian’s second season. Though it’s not confirmed yet, the important point to take note of is: Ahsoka may make an appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian.

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