After the aftermath of Order 66, a lot of fans were sat wondering what the fate of Ahsoka Tano was. The fire was stoked from the creator of the Star Wars universe himself, George Lucas. According to an interview with Dave Filoni, the showrunner of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," George Lucas was supportive of the idea that Ahsoka Tano had indeed survived the devastating Jedi Purge.
Dave Filoni, who worked closely with George Lucas on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," shared in an interview with StarWars.com that he and Lucas discussed the potential fate of Ahsoka after her departure from the Jedi Order. George Lucas, the visionary behind the Star Wars franchise, was open to the idea of Ahsoka's survival, leaving her ultimate destiny open-ended and allowing for further exploration of her character in future stories.
This endorsement from the creator himself further solidified Ahsoka Tano's status as a significant and enduring figure in the Star Wars universe. Her survival not only captivated fans worldwide but also received validation from the man who brought the galaxy far, far away to life. As the Star Wars saga continues to evolve, Ahsoka's journey remains a captivating and inspiring narrative of courage, resilience, and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
So we know that the creators wanted to carry on her story, but that still begs the question. How was Ahsoka Tano able to survive?
This article delves into the thrilling and suspenseful tale of how Ahsoka, the former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, defied the odds and survived the deadly Order 66.
Background on Ahsoka Tano:
Ahsoka Tano, a Togruta Jedi, made her first appearance in the Star Wars animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." As the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, she grew to become a beloved and essential character in the Star Wars saga, despite the rocky start she had with most Star Wars fans when she was first introduced.
The Events Leading up to Order 66:
In the final arc of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," Ahsoka Tano was unjustly accused of a crime she did not commit. Ahsoka is framed and imprisoned for a deadly explosion and a subsequent murder, both of which were committed by her then friend Barriss Offee. Although eventually exonerated, the overall experience has her feeling betrayed by the Jedi Council, and so she chose to leave the Order and forge her own path. This decision proved to be a pivotal moment, as it eventually saved her from the fate that befell many Jedi during Order 66.
The Siege of Mandalore:
Before Order 66 was executed, Ahsoka was engaged in a critical mission known as the Siege of Mandalore. During this intense conflict, Ahsoka confronted her former friend, Captain Rex, who had been programmed to execute Order 66, forced to do so due to a chip controlling his brain.
Amidst the chaos of the Siege of Mandalore, Ahsoka faced off against Darth Maul, who reveals to Ahsoka, Darth Sidious' plan to make Anakin his new apprentice. Even offering for them to join forces - however she refuses to believe that her master would fall to the dark side. Their epic duel further delayed her confrontation with the impending Order 66, ultimately leading to her survival.
Although being able to defeat and capture Darth Maul - she is forced to release him to create a distraction.
The Jedi Purge and Ahsoka's Retreat:
Following the events on Mandalore, Ahsoka went into hiding, fully aware of the horrors that unfolded during Order 66. The mass extermination of the Jedi had commenced, and Ahsoka understood that she was now a target as well. To evade the Empire's forces, she adopted a life of anonymity, adopting various aliases to avoid detection.
During her period of seclusion, Ahsoka encountered the Martez sisters, Trace and Rafa. This experience further shaped her resolve to fight injustice and oppression, although she remained distant from direct involvement with the remnants of the Jedi Order. She no longer identified as a Jedi and this would be a key journey path that she would undertake for the continuation of her story
Ahsoka Tano's survival during Order 66 stands as a testament to her resilience, resourcefulness, and indomitable spirit. Her journey from a Padawan to a fugitive warrior showcases her determination to make a difference in the galaxy, even amidst its darkest times. As the Star Wars saga continues to unfold, Ahsoka Tano remains an influential and beloved figure, inspiring fans with her bravery and perseverance in the face of adversity.