There aren’t enough words to describe just how much Ahsoka Tano means to the Star Wars community, especially in the context of The Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker’s story. Not only is she an integral part of his journey, but she also has her own story that spans from the prequels through the sequels. While we don’t have every bit and piece of her story, Ahsoka lives on throughout the saga and is easily one of the most important players.
She left the Jedi Order in Season 5 and didn’t show up in Season 6, The Lost Missions arcs, but she’s returning. Friday, March 20, Ahsoka is finally getting her arc in Season 7, and it will show where she’s been since she left Anakin and the Order and how she starts working with them again. The final arc of the season will also show what happens to her during Order 66. To celebrate her return, here are 9 videos to get you hyped up.
1. The newest ‘The Clone Wars’ TV spot
As stated above, Ahsoka’s return has been highly anticipated, to say the least. While the Bad Batch arc of the first four episodes was great and focused on the clones and Rex, it’s now Ahsoka’s time to shine. The newest TV spot shows that she ends up in the underworld of Coruscant, and meets some friendly — and not so friendly — people there. Her Jedi skills are helpful, but now that she’s not beholden to the Light Side and their code, what does that mean for her? Friday can’t come soon enough.
2. Ahsoka foils an assassination attempt on Padmé
In Season 3, Ahsoka had a vision about an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala. Well, another one in the long list of attempts on her life. So, Ahsoka goes with the senator to her conference to help defend her friend. Aurra Sing is a deadly bounty hunter, but even as a Padawan, Ahsoka was able to find her in time. Of course, Padmé’s good shot also helped too.
3. Ahsoka thanks Anakin for his teachings
Always a good video to look back on, Ahsoka thanking Anakin after she was held hostage at the end of Season 3 is such a heartfelt moment. Not only does it show Anakin’s extreme attachment to Ahsoka and his guilt at her capture, but it also shows just how much his teachings affected Ahsoka. She was the reason that she and others — including Chewbacca — escaped. Despite Anakin’s hardheadedness at times, he truly is an amazing teacher.
4. Ahsoka beheads four Mandalorians at once
Thanks to The Mandalorian, everyone now knows just how good Mandalorians are at fighting and holding honor. However, Death Watch is a whole other breed; criminal, radical, and hardly just. But once Ahsoka is able to escape, she shows just how much her skills have improved by Season 4. She jumps and beheads four Mandalorians at once. This is technically a kids’ show, but it’s moments like these that make you realize being a legendary warrior knows no bounds.
5. Anakin needs Ahsoka to save his life… again
While it’s a running inside joke in Revenge of the Sith that Anakin always has to step in to save Obi-Wan Kenobi, it’s Ahsoka that also saves Anakin time and again. In her final arc of Season 5, another parallel to Episode III finds Anakin attacked by buzz droids and knocked unconscious. This video is so fun to watch because it’s high energy and Ahsoka saves Anakin at the last minute. “Fighter crashed. I saved the day. You’re welcome,” she tells Anakin, truly signaling how much this student has grown.
6. No one can catch Ahsoka if she doesn’t want them to
As stated before, Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order because of the way they treated her when she was accused of bombing the Jedi Temple. She’s held in jail but escapes before any trial can start because she knows no one will believe her story. This video shows how, even with the entire Coruscant sector of Clone troopers after her, no one can stop her. She’s that deadly and skilled. We also get the very cool moment where Anakin says, “Set the weapons to stun. I want her alive!” which is a nice parallel to Darth Vader in A New Hope.
7. Ahsoka teams up with an unlikely source
Ahsoka trusts no one while she’s hiding out in the underworld of Coruscant, but forms an unlikely alliance with Asajj Ventress. It’s tension-filled and precarious, of course, but she’s the only person Ahsoka knows won’t sell her out to the Republic or the Jedi for obvious reasons. And this scene shows Ahsoka’s expert fighting skills again. She’s able to scape a battalion of troopers and she doesn’t even have her lightsabers.
8. Ahsoka bests Inquisitors
Season 7 will fill in the gap between her departure and when she appears in Star Wars Rebels at the end of Season 1. But in Season 2, she takes a major position as a lead, and this video exhibits just how much the Force is still with her. She easily defeats the Inquisitors and even turns off the Seventh Sister’s lightsaber, something that not many Jedi can do.
9. Ahsoka vs. Darth Vader
You can’t have an Ahsoka Tano list without including one of the best scenes in all of Star Wars, let alone Ahsoka’s story so far. At the end of Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, Ahsoka finally meets up with her former master, Anakin Skywalker who’s now been consumed by the Dark Side. This duel with Darth Vader is truly one of the best scenes ever, and highlights where Ahsoka stands. She’s no Jedi, but she’s not on the side of the Sith either. And the moment when she realizes what Anakin has become is one of the worst in the franchise. “I won’t leave you! Not this time,” gets you every time.