The upcoming Ahsoka TV show can continue the Skywalker story better than Star Wars sequels. After Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney in 2012, plans for the franchise’s relaunch began, and soon after, a new trilogy was confirmed. Taking place several decades after Return of the Jedi, the movies featured the return of legacy characters such as Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo. It also introduced new franchise players such as Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren who fronted the battle between the First Order and Resistance.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of overall arc and other unforeseen circumstances, the Star Wars sequels weren’t as well-received as Disney would’ve wanted. After the initial excitement over the return of the beloved space, opera died down, justified criticisms about how the movies lacked originality and clear direction followed. While the new characters had so much potential and the actors who played them brought them to life brilliantly, the storytelling ultimately failed them. Overall, Disney was unable to come up with a trilogy as riveting and impressive as the original movies. This led to the end of the Skywalker saga with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was divisive at best.
While Lucasfilm struggled on the big screen, it thrived on streaming. As Disney+’s inaugural project, Star Wars debuted its first live-action TV show, The Mandalorian. Created by Jon Favreau, it follows the lone gunslinger Din Djarin as he became the unexpected caretaker of Baby Yoda/Grogu. The show quickly became a hit, with season 2 functioning as the springboard for spin-off shows, including Ahsoka – which tackles Ahsoka Tano’s adventures hunting down Grand Admiral Thrawn. While the project may not feature any Skywalker descendants, it may very well be a better avenue to tackle their legacy than the sequel trilogy.
Ahsoka Learned More From Anakin Than Luke or Leia
Introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated feature film, which was set between Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Ahsoka Tano has since then appeared in other projects including The Clone Wars series and Star Wars Rebels. Originally, she was a divisive figure in the franchise, but over time, she has become one of the most popular ones, resulting in her live-action debut in The Mandalorian with Rosario Dawson playing the part.
While Ahsoka may just be starting to expand her prominence beyond the animated pocket of the soap opera, she’s already had a great storyline that all started when she became the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Their relationship was initially contentious, with Anakin not really wanting to be responsible for a mentee as he and Obi-Wan Kenobi did field missions trying to battle out separatists. But, after several dangerous incidents, Anakin and Ahsoka formed a strong bond. As they spent time together, Ahsoka learned a lot through her Jedi Master in various ways, including actually seeing him on the job.
So while Luke and Leia were Anakin’s biological children, the twins barely have any experience with their father. Luke mostly knew Anakin as Darth Vader, only having a glimpse of his real face at the end of the Return of the Jedi. Leia was in a worse situation because she never really technically met him outside of his Sith Lord persona.
Ahsoka Learned From the Failure of the Jedi Better Than Luke
Given her existence during the prequel era, Ahsoka witnessed firsthand how the Jedi failed in more ways than one during that time period. During her encounter with Din and Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian, she refused to train Grogu; despite the kid clearly needing guidance, Ahsoka sensed so much fear in the infant. His attachment to Mando, coupled with his traumatizing past, makes him vulnerable to the dark side — which what happened to Anakin. Ahsoka knew this and didn’t want to commit the same mistakes her Jedi predecessors did with her former master. She recognized the lapses of the Jedi that led to their defeat.
On the flip side, Luke had no reservation taking in Baby Yoda to train as he rebuilt the Jedi Order following the fall of the Empire. To be fair, Luke may not have exactly known what led to Anakin’s fall to the dark side, resulting in him unable to recognize that Grogu has the same tendencies. Still, this only highlights Ahsoka’s personal knowledge of the events of the Star Wars prequels that puts her in a better position to further the Skywalker legacy.
Ahsoka is More a Skywalker Than Rey
The Star Wars sequels essentially had two Skywalker heirs: Kylo Ren and Rey, although how they become the next generation for the prominent family differed. As the son of Leia and Han, Ben Solo was poised to become a Jedi like his uncle Luke, but a series of unfortunate events led him down the dark path and resulted in his obsession to follow Darth Vader’s footsteps. He was redeemed but didn’t survive past the final battle in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Rey, on the other hand, wasn’t Skywalker by blood; she’s the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine — something that she struggled coming to terms with. It’s only after her enlightening conversation with Force Ghost Luke on Ahch-To that she realized that her lineage doesn’t define her. Rey eventually adopted the Skywalker last name and remained to be the final bearer of that name when the Skywalker saga ended.
However, it’s fair to say that Rey’s connection to the Skywalkers doesn’t remotely compare to Ahsoka’s. In fact, even Luke and Leia’s don’t as well despite being Anakin’s direct descendants. Rey did spend a considerable amount with the Skywalker twins during the Star Wars sequels, but both didn’t know their father all too well either. Even if both learned what happened to Anakin and their mother, Padmé Amidala, they did so from other people who spent time with them like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master Yoda, as well as, C-3PO and R2-D2. Ahsoka, on the other hand, knew Anakin personally. She went on missions with him and learned both good and bad lessons from their time together; he was both a friend and a mentor to her making her the real spiritual Skywalker successor. So as she continues her journey in Ahsoka, it’s safe to say that Ahsoka’s connections to the Skywalkers, particularly Anakin, will be regularly referenced.