The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 ends with Din Djarin searching for a character who can help him with Baby Yoda. Here’s who she is.
The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 name-dropped Ahsoka Tano as the Jedi the Mandalorian will be looking for, but casual Star Wars fans may not know who she is. Most people around the world are familiar with the Skywalker saga, but George Lucas’ original movies, along with Disney’s sequel trilogy, barely scratch the surface of the franchise. There’s much more to Star Wars than meets the eye, and many of the greatest stories come from the animated shows.
One of the characters who’s made the jump from animation to live-action in recent years is Bo-Katan Kryze, played by Katee Sackhoff. She’s appeared in Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and now, The Mandalorian. Unlike Din Djarin, who was once a foundling and now follows the ancient way of the Mandalorians, Bo-Katan comes from the planet Mandalore and follows a different path – and that path has led her on all sorts of adventures, including several run-ins with the Jedi. And in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3, “The Heiress”, Bo-Katan tells Mando the location of one of those Jedi: Ahsoka Tano.
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Ahsoka Tano was once Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice before she left the Jedi Order. Ahsoka trained under Anakin during the Clone Wars and fought alongside him, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Captain Rex for three years, in the time between Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. But shortly before the events of Revenge of the Sith, Ahsoka was put on trial for an attack on the Jedi Temple, which she didn’t commit. Even though she was exonerated, she felt that she couldn’t trust the Jedi Order anymore because the Council didn’t believe her, and so, she left.
In canon, all of that happened in Clone Wars seasons 1 through 5, but then Ahsoka returned in Clone Wars season 7 for the Siege of Mandalore – an event that took place concurrently with Revenge of the Sith. Accidentally discovering Maul’s location, Ahsoka teamed up with Bo-Katan and a division of the Republic’s 501st Legion (under Rex’s command) to retake Mandalore from him and his minions. Unfortunately, despite their success, Ahsoka was attacked due to Order 66 and had to go into hiding with Rex, whom she managed to save.
But regardless of how Clone Wars ended, Ahsoka Tano’s story continued in Star Wars Rebels where she fought alongside the Ghost crew and the Rebellion. At one point she was forced to confront her old master – who had become Darth Vader – and thanks to Ezra Bridger, she survived. The last time Star Wars fans saw Ahsoka, it was after the Battle of Endor. She was embarking on a journey with the Mandalorian Sabine Wren to search for Ezra, who had disappeared in the Star Wars Rebels series finale.
The Mandalorian is now giving Lucasfilm a chance to explore that story, which was left off in 2018. Given that it’s been five years in-universe since Ahsoka was last seen, Star Wars fans are bound to have a lot of questions going into the rest of season 2.
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