The penultimate episode of Ahsoka had some great action while setting up the finale in a huge way! Here are some fun easter eggs and details to enjoy for the series!
Caution: This article has SPOILERS for Ahsoka Episode 7
There was a question of fans just where Ahsoka fell in the Star Wars timeline. We get an answer when Hera talks to the New Republic council, mentioning Moff Gideon’s capture and the suspicions of Imperial remnants out there. This confirms the series takes place after The Mandalorian Season 3.
The Leia Mention
Just as Hera is facing a court-martial, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) shows up with a message from Leia claiming Hera was operating on her authority. This is a mention of the book Bloodlines, where Leia’s belief that the Imperial threat is still out there (which is true) has her seen as a dangerous radical by others in the New Republic.
Once more, Hayden Christensen pops up as Anakin Skywalker, in a holovid. He mentions some Clone Wars enemies like Asajj Ventress and Count Dooku and for Ahsoka to trust her instincts, as Ahsoka told Luke in The Mandalorian.
Ahsoka and the space whales have to go through a minefield, with the mines bearing a more than passing resemblance to the training droids Luke used to train with his lightsaber way back in A New Hope.
The Red Troopers
Many of Thrawn’s troops are shown wearing red in their armor. While a deep dive, this can be a reference to Roman troops, especially the fabled 9th Legion, who were assigned to what is now Great Britain but vanished just around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. As Thrawn’s forces are likewise a “lost legion,” this would be a great link.
Thrawn’s reaction to Anakin
When Thrawn hears Anakin was Ahsoka’s master, he’s thrown. This is a natural reaction as Anakin was the first Jedi Thrawn encountered when he entered the main Star Wars galaxy. Also, Thrawn was one of the few Imperials who knew Anakin became Darth Vader and so the interesting dynamic he knew Anakin in both his guises.
As Sabine brings Ezra up on what’s happened, he asks about the Emperor dying and Sabine replies, “that’s what they say.” This may just be a joke, but obviously a hint as to how Palpatine does survive for Rise of Skywalker and perhaps Sabine somehow senses it.
Shin/Joan of Arc
This has been building for a bit, but it’s now becoming obvious how much Shin’s appearance is based on Joan of Arc. From her hair to the armor, it now seems her armor has a cross-like symbol on it. Basing this enemy on such a famous fighter makes one wonder if redemption is in the line for Shin.
Some folks may have noticed it but the markings on Baylan’s right wrist are the language of Star Wars and translate to Luke, Leia, Han and Ben. Looks like the former Jedi is a huge fan of the original trilogy.
“Jedi are good at hiding”
When he hears Ahsoka is hiding in the Purrgil graveyard, Thrawn dryly says, “Jedi are good at hiding.” This references Episode II, where Obi-Wan faked his death in an asteroid field to sucker the Fetts. It also shows how many Jedi survived Order 66, so Thrawn knows now to underestimate Ahsoka.
As they’re chased by the Imperials, the Notti use a slingshot against them. While an obvious nod to the Ewoks, it’s also logical Ezra passed down his old slingshot weapons to his new friends.
Fans of Rebels have been curious about the absence of Zeb, with the ace warrior having been shown in The Mandalorian Season 3 but not on this show with his crewmates. We finally get an answer as Sabine says Zeb is too busy training New Republic pilots to appear.
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