A Major Star Wars Character's Return in 'Ahsoka' Has My Head Spinning

A Major Star Wars Character's Return in 'Ahsoka' Has My Head Spinning

Disney's latest television series, Ahsoka, offers fans a cornucopia of Star Wars plot. In one series alone, we have a live-action sequel to the animated Star Wars: Rebels series, a continuation of a side character's story from The Mandalorian/The Book of Boba Fett, and yet another appearance Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. How does it all fit together? Well, there's a lot to unpack.

If fans were confused before, Episode Four's shocking cliffhanger will surely send them over the hill. Following a battle with the myserteous Baylan Skoll, Ahsoka presumably falls off a cliff to her death. Waking up in some sort of spiritual plane, Anakin finally appears before her—friendly and (seemingly) digitally de-aged! Of course, his reintroduction sets off a flurry of questions for the series moving forward. Shouldn't Anakin be Darth Vader by this point? Also, WHERE and WHEN are we now?

A key part of understanding Ahsoka lies in tracing the grand Star Wars timeline. For those who are completely lost, it may be helpful to know that we're currently placed in the gap after Return of the Jedi and The Book of Boba Fett, but before The Force Awakens. According to Lucasfilm, Ahsoka's journey runs concurrently with the latest third season of The Mandalorian.

So, our biggest question is partially answered. When Anakin appears, he should be either in full Vader garb or a Force ghost. Instead, he appears before his former padawan looking fully-fleshed and smoothed over by CGI, which looks like it's intended to de-age him by 20 years. Christensen also returned to film for Ahsoka, with his eventual appearance teased before the show even aired. "I didn't expect to see you so soon," he tells Ahsoka, alluding to the fact that they may be in some spiritual afterlife. If so, their meeting may prove to be Ahsoka's biggest test as a Jedi yet. Not only will she have to find her way back to the world of the living, but she may even have to reckon with her former master's turn to the dark side as well. Knowing Star Wars, there could be something even more sinister at play.

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