When the house of mouse acquired the Star Wars franchise back in 2012, they began making plans of leaving their mark on the franchise by relaunching it. So they came up with the sequel trilogy of movies that would feature Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker. But they also ensured that the franchise would continue forward by introducing new characters like Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren, and the protagonist Rey.
However, things didn’t quite work out as planned.
The plans for the sequel trilogy were grand, but the entire endeavor didn’t work out. This was because there wasn’t any overall arc to the story. In later interviews, even Daisy Ridley confirmed that the story was changing on the fly, especially on the sets of the last movie.
So while there was initial excitement regarding the beloved space opera saga coming back, but that all died down and (quite justified) criticism regarding the story, plot, and characters took over. It was very clear to the fans that the movies lacked something more than a clear direction- it was missing originality. Overall, this resulted in brilliant characters, played by amazing actors not getting their due.
The ultimate truth after the last movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was also criticized endlessly, was this- Disney had ultimately failed to create a sequel trilogy that was as gripping and riveting as the original Star Wars movies. So the sequel saga ended after being divisive and inspiring mixed reviews from critics and the fanbase.
Lucasfilm and Disney struggled with creating a great Star Wars universe on the big screen, but they succeeded on the small screen with The Mandalorian. Developed by Star wars fan and legendary director Jon Favreau, the show is about a gunslinger called Din Djarin and his adventures. Of course, since he unexpectedly becomes the adopted father/caretaker of baby Yoda/Grogu, so this added an extra dimension to the show that was loved by all fans.
This success is reflected not only in its popularity but also in the fact that there are now multiple spin-off projects all set to expand the world of The Mandalorian. One of them is Ahsoka. She was first introduced in live-action in season 2 of The Mandalorian. There it was shown that she was after Grand Admiral Thrawn.
We feel like Ahsoka has the potential to be a great Star Wars sequel. Perhaps even more than the sequel trilogy, even though there probably won’t be any of the Skywalker descendants on the show. But even with that, that show might tackle the Skywalker legacy better.
Ahsoka Tano was first introduced in the animated movie- Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This movie was set between the Revenge of the Sith and Attack of the Clones. Originally a divisive character, over time Ahsoka’s popularity kept on increasing and she made appearances in other Star Wars projects like Star Wars Rebels and of course The Clone Wars show. Right now the character has jumped into live-action and is being portrayed by Rosario Dawson.
A major part of her characterization is that she was taught by Anakin Skywalker. So she is his padawan. Both of them had a pretty contentious relationship at the beginning since Anakin wasn’t too keen on being a mentor or being responsible for someone. This was because back then he and Kenobi were busy trying to battle the separatists.
However, their relationship grew and became stronger after both of them were involved in dangerous missions. Also, as Ahsoka spent time with Anakin on his missions, she learned many things from her master. So she spent more time with him and was able to tap into his knowledge more than any of his biological kids ever did.
After all, we all know that Luke and Leia knew Darth Vader and not Anakin Skywalker. Even though we can say that Luke did get to see his real face a little in Return of the Jedi, but Leia just never had that chance.
Ahsoka is a character who hails from the prequel era. So she understands the failure of the Jedi during that time. After all, it was the mistakes of her Jedi predecessors that resulted in Anakin going to the dark side. The manifestation of this knowledge and understanding of the Jedi’s failure can be seen when she refused to train Grogu even though the child really needed training.
Ahsoka said that the infant has too much fear, which coupled with his attachment to Din Djarin, and his traumatizing backstory, made him too much vulnerable to the darkness. On the other hand, Luke didn’t show any such reservation when it came to taking Grogu for training with him.
However, it won’t be right to hold the blade at Luke’s throat since he might not have known what led to his father becoming a Sith Lord. As a result, he might have failed to determine that Grogu had the very same tendencies as well.
What we mean to say is that these actions highlight the fact that Ahsoka had better personal knowledge and understanding of the prequel events than even Anakin’s biological children. So this puts her in the ideal position to carry on the Skywalker legacy.
In the sequels, we saw that there were essentially two Skywalker descendants/heirs- Rey and Kylo Ren. But the way they were connected to the family differed a lot. After all, one was the biological son of Han Solo and Leia Organa and was set to become a great Jedi like Luke. But unfortunate events turned him to the dark path and he followed the footsteps of Darth Vader. While he was redeemed, but Kylo didn’t survive the long final battle of The Rise of Skywalker.
Rey’s story is more inspiring- she can’t claim to be a Skywalker by blood. In fact, since she is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine so, she should have been the greatest enemy of the Skywalkers. But Rey was always good. In fact, she struggled a lot with her lineage and her own emotions about it.
But in the end, after she had a conversation with Luke (as a Force Ghost) on Ahch, she fully understood that her lineage doesn’t and shouldn’t define her. So, she adopted (and was adopted) into the Skywalker family. In fact, she was the last one who had that name at the end of the saga.
But, it must be said that Rey’s Skywalker connection isn’t as strong as Ahsoka’s. In fact, even Luke and Leia don’t have that connection even though they are Anakin’s kids. After all, the twins didn’t know their father personally. All they knew about him and their mother Padmé Amidala was from other people who knew them like, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even R2-D2 and C-3PO.
But Ahsoka knew Anakin personally, She went on various missions and adventures with him, during the course of which she learned both bad and good lessons from him. Also, Anakin was a friend to her, apart from being her mentor. As such, this makes her the actual spiritual successor to the Skywalker legacy.
So due to these myriad reasons, we feel like when Ahsoka will embark on adventures in her show, we will get to see her as more of a true Skywalker heir than anyone else. Also, we certainly hope that her connection to Anakin gets referenced more.