Ahsoka: The Star Wars Heroine Who Keeps Getting Better
Ahsoka Tano is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars saga. She first appeared in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where she was a Padawan learner to Anakin Skywalker. Ahsoka quickly became a fan favorite, thanks to her strong personality, her courage, and her witty humor.
Ahsoka’s journey continued in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, where she was a mentor figure to the young heroes of the Ghost crew. In the final episode of Rebels, Ahsoka emerged from a spiritual dimension known as the World Between Worlds wearing a white robe. This transformation was inspired by another very famous fantasy character: Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Rosario Dawson, who plays Ahsoka in the live-action series The Mandalorian and in the upcoming Ahsoka series, said that she and showrunner Dave Filoni talked a lot about Gandalf the Gray and Gandalf the White. “We talked about that transition and how she’s someone very capable and excellent and looked up to as a leader, but she still has levels of development to go,” Dawson said.
The comparison between Ahsoka and Gandalf is apt. Both characters are wise and powerful mentors who are constantly evolving. They are also both willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good.
In the upcoming Ahsoka series, we will see Ahsoka on a new journey as she searches for the missing Grand Admiral Thrawn. The series will also reunite Ahsoka with some of her old friends from Rebels, including Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren.
Ahsoka is a complex and fascinating character who continues to grow and evolve. She is a role model for young people everywhere, and she is a reminder that even the most powerful heroes are still learning and growing.
The first two episodes of Ahsoka premiere are streaming on Disney+.