Star Wars Celebration dropped the brand new Ahsoka trailer, so we’ll break it down. We finally saw live-action Grand Admiral Thrawn for real. There’s a bunch of new Dark Jedi, so I’ll explain what’s happening with them. There are many connections to The Mandalorian because it’s also happening during the same period.
Dave Filoni wrote and directed most of these episodes, which is why he didn’t work on The Mandalorian Season 3 Episodes quite as much. He wrote a bit on the season as he worked on Episode Seven. We’ll probably get a Thrawn teaser before the end of the Mandalorian Season 3 and another Ahsoka teaser, just pushing into that series.
Star Wars Ahsoka Release Date
We got the confirmation that the Ahsoka episodes will be released in August. It’ll be towards the end of August, but it’ll be eight episodes, just like The Mandalorian. It looks like it’s going to be total fire. There’s so much we don’t know about the series that this is just a taste. They’re calling it the teaser, so we’ll get a full trailer by the time we get to the summer.
We also saw footage from Star Wars Acolyte, Star Wars Skeleton Crew, which is meant to be a spinoff of The Mandalorian and connected to the Ahsoka series. But we won’t see the Skeleton Crew series characters on The Mandalorian.
Ahsoka Trailer Breakdown
But she was starting at the beginning of the Ahsoka trailer footage. It starts with Ahsoka at this abandoned Jedi temple at these ruins, where she encounters some HK droids from Thrawn’s seventh Fleet.
That was the whole idea, is that Morgan Elsbeth, who is the character that we see in the Trailer. She will be a major character during the Ahsoka series, a villain to her. She is meant to be one of Throne’s followers, helping him return from the unknown regions. She has the key droids from Thrawn Seventh Fleet with logos. That’s how we knew that she was connected to Thrawn.
Then obviously, Ahsoka said at the end of the episode, “Where’s your master? Where’s grand Admiral Thrawn?” That’s who she’s talking about when she says, “Something is coming.” She even says “Heir to the Empire” when talking about Thrawn.
This confirms my theories since the beginning of the Mandalorian Season 1 that they’re doing a version of the live-action “Heir to the Empire” Series through the Ahsoka series and The Mandalorian. These are the connected series during the Mando verse in this part of the timeline.
I love the shot of her using Ashoka twin lightsabers to bore into the chamber below. That’s meant to be a callback to the scene at the end of the Clone Wars, where she did the same thing, escaping the other clones during Order 66 when it had just started.
You have to imagine that she’s doing this while Mando is with Grogu helping the Mandalorians retake Mandalore. Like it’s all happening around the same time. Also, one of the other big changes is that the Lucasfilm logo is pure red, which I think is meant to reference the Dark Jedi we see during the Trailer.
Baylon – Fallen Jedi
The voice of Baylan talking about a new beginning is Rey Stephenson’s Dark Jedi character. I believe he’s meant to be a fallen Jedi who survived Order 66 and has since turned to the dark side. But he wasn’t part of the Inquisitors.
It seems like a soldier fighting a former Inquisitor because the Dark Jedi is using the double-bladed lightsaber here, which looks like an Inquisitor’s blade. But by this point in the timeline, the inquisitor no longer exists. So many of the surviving inquisitors that were still around would have just been rogue Inquisitorious.
Ahsoka is facing Morgan Elsbeth HK droids from the Seventh Fleet, Thrawn’s Seventh Fleet. These are meant to be the same force of HK droids you saw during the Mandalorian season 2. It also seems like this dark Jedi Baylon has plans for the Galaxy. It might be connected to Thrawn, or Thrawn might try to engage his services.
They might be substituting one for the antagonist with the character from the Heir to the Empire Thrawn trilogy for this Baylon character. He might be the stand-in for that Jedi master that goes a bit twisted by the end of the Thrawn trilogy.
In the original version of the Thrawn trilogy, the antagonist character from the books is a Jedi master character who starts out being just a little bit weird in his slowly goes crazier and crazier and crazier, and you find out that he’s also a clone as well. But I don’t think the Baylon character is meant to be a clone. As I said, I think he’s meant to be a Jedi that survived Order 66 and has been twisted evil since then and turned to the dark side.
The war he’s talking about is more of a metaphor for Thrawn returning in force with the Seventh Fleet and resurging the force’s dark side.
Natasha Liu Bordizzo As Sabine Wren
We see live-action Sabine Wren. They showed us a preview of her in her full Mandalorian armor. Remember, she’s a Mandalorian from House Ren, so that’s why she might show up by the finale of The Mandalorian because all the Mandalorians are supposed to unite on the planet Mandalore.
But all the scenes of her, for the most part in the Ahsoka trailer, take place on Lothal. It’s meant to be a reference to the very end of Star Wars Rebels. I believe they’re going to flashback, and we’ll see a version of the scene from the animated show happening in live action when assuming it comes to visit her, and she’s like, “It’s been a while.”
I believe that’s meant to be part of the live-action version of the scene where she meets Ashoka for the first time in the Trailer that we already saw on Star Wars Rebels. It was meant to happen right after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Mandalorian Series picks up about five years after Return of the Jedi. I say Ahsoka might jump around in the timeline with a few flashbacks.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead As Hera Syndulla
Then we get our first official look at Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the version of Hera from Star Wars Rebels in The Ghost. These are all meant to be characters from Star Wars Rebels in live-action, like the sequel to Star Wars Rebels but live-action.
I believe they’re also doing her son Jacen Syndulla during the series. He is force sensitive. We might see some flashbacks to Cannon or some references to him, but he’s dead in the present day. And I don’t believe he learned how to become a force ghost. So I’m not expecting to see him show up as a force ghost. If we see him, it’ll be pictures of him, probably.
Ivanna Sakhno As Shin Hati
We see a live-action chopper for anybody who wondered if he would show up on the series. Then we see the actual Baylon character and his dark apprentice, who Ivanna Sakhno is playing. I don’t know her name on the series, but she’s meant to be his dark Jedi Padawan. But some people are saying that she is playing a character called Shin Hati. You see her attacking a New Republic ship.
Picking Up From Star Wars Rebels
Then we go back to Lothal to see Ahsoka ship here from the end of Star Wars Rebels. Like I said, picking up basically where Rebels left off in that same scene. This is meant to be the same tower you see at the end of Rebels. It seems like this is when Ahsoka returns at the end of the Rebels to tell Sabine, “Okay, it’s time to find what’s going on with Grand Admiral Thrawn. Time to find Ezra Bridger”.
At the End of Rebels, you basically end the series right before the beginning of A New Hope, and then it jumps in time to this scene where we see Ashoka’s ship flying off. So when you see Sabine Wren, she’s been through the Galactic Civil War. She worked with the Rebels during that whole period. That’s why she’s wearing the leather jacket here. It seems like she’s had some city miles on her because she’s just been through the original trilogy.
When Ahsoka says things have changed, we see the New Republic Senate Monmouthma with a couple of the other newer senators that are part of the New Republic, slightly older, slightly wiser Monmouthma that we see during the Andor series.
Cool details during this scene, too. Obviously, you see Ahsoka fighting Baylon the Dark Jedi, a cool lightsaber fight that people will have here. But in the background of this Jedi temple, these symbols that you see, the energy looks like its force energy that you saw Grogu when he was on Titan. But the symbols looked like the same symbols from the world between worlds, the symbols that make up the Ahsoka logo.
So we might see a live-action version of the World between Worlds during the series. That place in the force allowed people access to all points in time and space. As you could travel through time, that’s how Ezra Bridger saved Ahsoka during the fight with Darth Vader in an earlier season of Star Wars Rebels. He took her through space and time.
Then we see Hera in the Ashoka Trailer trying to warn the New Republic leadership about what’s coming, probably related to Grand Admiral Thrawn. We see the dark Jedi Padawan in a dogfight with Ahsoka’s ship. Then we see the beginning of a cool Darth Vader-style hallway scene with Baylon’s Jedi ripping through the New Republic in this hallway. I don’t want to be stuck in a hallway with any Sith characters or Luke Skywalker,
Ezra Bridger Return
We finally get our first look at Ezra Bridger when Sabine looks at a hollow of him while Ahsoka narrates that there are very few Jedi left because he is a Jedi trainee. I don’t know if you would call him a full Jedi yet.
It’s like a Luke Skywalker original trilogy where Yoda said, “Oh, Jedi, you’re a Jedi. Well, you’re not quite one yet. You still have a couple of tests to confront Vader before that happens.” I feel it’ll also be the same with some of the characters in this series.
Ashoka has that cool fight with what seems like a former Inquisitor. The only thing I would object to during the Trailer is that they call her a Jedi in the Trailer. Technically, Ahsoka is not a Jedi because she left the Jedi order. She’s just a highly trained, very powerful person in the force. The same thing is true of Grogu, who let the Jedi order, but he’s still training in the force.
All Cameos In The Ashoka Series
Then we get a super deep cut. This is meant to be the same Jedi droid from the Jedi ship. He had the designs of every single lightsaber that had ever been created. And I don’t know that this is meant to be a flashback, but it seems like it’s still happening on Lothal. And if you remember, it was the voice of David Tennant. So I believe that David Tennant is coming back to do The Voice for this series.
There are a lot of stealth voiceover cameos in Star Wars. I wonder how many people will spot this. Most people who watch Clone Wars will recognize them.
We might see some Mandalorian characters like Mando and Grogu who show up or cameo in the Ahsoka series. Maybe Bo-Katan too, be, cause Bo-Katan has so much history with Ahsoka.
In the future, there’ll be more crossovers between the characters from the Mandalorian series in Ashoka because we just saw Zeb from Star Wars Rebels in Live Action in The Mandalorian. He will also probably show up in the Ahsoka series as well too. Most of the Star Wars Rebels characters from The Ghost are returning in live-action through this.