The Star Wars universe is rapidly expanding. Lucasfilm is hard at work developing the franchise’s television division from the top down. Its live-action and animated divisions are no longer separate, but crossing over to create a more detailed universe than ever before.
One of the major characters that will lead the Star Wars television universe is Ahsoka Tano, the fan favorite Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vadar) who was first introduced in the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She later starred in a television series of the same name that ran for seven non-consecutive seasons.
Ahsoka made her live-action debut in season 2 of The Mandalorian played by Rosario Dawson. Dawson’s performance was praised by the fandom for her portrayal of an older, hardened version of Ahsoka. Her popularity led Lucas film to confirm a live-action spinoff show for the character, taking place in the same timeline as The Mandalorian
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Many casual Star Wars fans are now left in a tough position. Do fans need to watch all seven seasons of The Clone Wars in order to understand the lead character of Ahsoka? The short answer is: no, of course not.
While if you are interested in Star Wars mythology or lore, of course you should give watching the entire show a try. For the casual viewer, however, most of the show is just a series of missions and adventures that don’t always contain important character development for Ahsoka. This list will just be for those wanting to see the essential moments for the character and catch the best of the best of her journey.
After knowing nearly nothing about the character, I spent the weekend watching Disney+’s aggregated list of essential Ahsoka Tano episodes. This list gives you more than enough context for the character, including the legendary final four episodes of The Clone Wars.
Star Wars The Clone Wars
- Season 1: Episode 19 Storm Over Ryloth
- Season 2: Episode 11 Lightsaber Lost
- Season 3: Episode 22 Wookie Hunt
- Season 4: Episode 14 A Friend In Need
- Season 5: Episode 20 The Wrong Jedi
- Season 7: Episode 7 Dangerous Debt
- Season 7: Episode 9 Old Friends Not Forgotten
- Season 7: Episode 10 The Phantom Apprentice
- Season 7: Episode 11: Shattered
- Season 7: Episode 12: Victory and Death
Each episode is only 20-30 minutes, so there is not too much commitment required to complete this list. Every episode in this list will give you more than enough background information on the character to give you the full experience during her live action reign.
The list also goes on to give Ahsoka’s essential episodes of Star Wars: Rebels, a show that takes place during the rebellion of the original trilogy. Ahsoka presence not this show is less prominent, but just as important to what may come in her live-action show.
Star Wars Rebels
- Season 1: Episode 15 Fire Across the Galaxy
- Season 2: Episode 1 The Siege of Lothal Part 1
- Season 2: Episode 2 The Siege of Lothal Part 2
- Season 2: Episode 18 Shroud of Darkness
- Season 2: Episode 21 Twilight of the Apprentice Part 1
- Season 2: Episode 22 Twilight of the Apprentice Part 2
All of these episodes together will give you everything you need to know about Ahsoka Tano without having to sit through every filler episode in between. However, if this list is still too much, watching the final four episodes of The Clone Wars is essential viewing for even the most casual of Star Wars fan.
The final four episodes of The Clone Wars cover the events of Revenge of the Sith from the point of view of Ahsoka. Her arc in these four episodes are crucial for understanding what has led the character to the point where we meet her in The Mandalorian. Its a story that is meant to be told alongside Episode 3 of the Skywalker saga and shows the journey that Ahsoka makes from Padawan to Master of the force (although not a technical Jedi).
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