Ahsoka wrapped up its season with a wild finale setting the stage for an even bigger Star Wars adventure! Here’s a look at some hidden details in Episode 8!
Caution: This article contains SPOILERS for Ahsoka Episode 8
The title, “The Jedi, The Witch and the Warlord,” may refer to Ahsoka, Elsbeth and Thrawn. But it’s also a clear tribute to C.S. Lewis’ classic novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book in his Chronicles of Narnia series. Since that revolves around a self-sacrificing hero and allies facing an all-powerful foe, it’s a logical analogy and a fun tribute to Lewis.
The Blade of Talzin
Morgan is made into a full Nightsister here and given the Blade of Talzin. This powerful sword was used by Nightster Mother Talzin when she dueled Mace Windu in The Clone Wars series and a huge weapon for the Nightsisters.
As Ezra builds his lightsaber with Hyuang’s help, he clearly models it after his late master, Kanan Jarrus. He also notes how Kanan’s lightsaber tended to be “too narrow.” This is a good in-joke for how Rebels used an animated style much different than other shows with thinner characters that looked a lot different in live-action.
Ezra asks what happened to drive Sabine and Ahsoka apart and is told Sabine was eager for revenge when the Empire wiped out Mandalore. When Ezra asks where the New Republic is, he’s informed they were busy with “Operation Cinder.” This was shown in the Battlefront II video game and expanded on in novels, a final plan by Palpatine just in case the Empire lost the Battle of Endor.
Rather than target enemy planets, Operation Cinder was meant to attack Imperial worlds in Palpatine’s warped view they failed to prevent his death. That even included his home world of Naboo and only stopped at the Battle of Jakuu. This is why the New Republic couldn’t save Mandalore, as they were too busy handling Operation Cinder’s chaos.
Yes, just as Ezra, Sabine, and Ashoka have sliced down a squad of troopers, the Nightsisters use their magic to revive them into zombie-like warriors.
In their farewell talk, Thrawn calls Ahsoka a “ronin.” It’s an interesting choice as the term is tied to Japan’s samurai culture. It translates as “a masterless samurai,” which does fit Ahsoka. It’s another way Star Wars pays homage to the samurai culture that inspired it.
Ezra and Chopper
After making it to the New Republic fleet in a stormtrooper disguise, Ezra is met by a phalanx of armed troops with Hera in the lead. It’s Chopper who comes up to him first and realizes it’s Ezra, which makes sense given their great connection in Rebels before he unmasks to a stunned Hera.
White Convor and The Mortis gods
It looks like there’s more to Peridea than there seems as Ahsoka sees a white convor, which may be Morai, the animal form of the Daughter of the Mortis Gods. Showing up in The Clone Wars cartoon, these beings embody the Light Side, Dark Side and Balance of the Force. The Daughter once brought Ahsoka back from the dead so she’d have a connection.
One of the final shots has Baylan standing before a massive statue of the Father and the Son, but the statue of the Daughter is partially demolished. How this plays into the future of Star Wars is another mystery that makes fans eager to see more.
Ahsoka Season 1 streaming on Disney+.