In season 2 of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano’s introduction sent ripples through the Star Wars fandom. Seeing her wield two white lightsabers made the fandom go crazy. And why not? After all, rumors of her appearance circulated for months before her actual appearance.
And when it finally happened in season 2, episode 5 – “The Jedi,” it finally brought the fan-favorite former Jedi to live-action. Previously, she was name-dropped in episode 3 of season 2 to set up her arrival. The episode saw Din Djarin head to Corvus to go to the city of Calodan. After this, episode 5 of season 2 wasted zero time bringing Ahsoka to live-action.
As said before, she wielded two white lightsabers. This was a departure from what we saw during Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where she mainly used green lightsabers. During season 7 of the show, her green sabers were replaced with a couple of blue ones gifted to her by Anakin Skywalker. But at the end of the season, Ahsoka left them behind.
In Star Wars: Rebels, she used white lightsabers. Now, since The Mandalorian takes place after the events of Rebels, so the show kept continuity by using the white lightsabers. But what’s the in-universe reason for keeping them?
Rebels didn’t tell viewers how Ahsoka got her two white lightsabers (that she still used in The Mandalorian). But other Star Wars canon media has thankfully explored this. EK Johnston’s Ahsoka novel bridged this gap by telling viewers that the former Jedi went into hiding due to Order 66. But she soon realized that she had to do something to fight back against the Empire.
This led to her fighting the Inquisitors and defeating them in combat. Ahsoka then took the red kyber crystals from one of the Inquisitor’s lightsabers and purified it so that she could use it herself. Previously, the Star Wars canon had introduced the concept of kyber crystals bonding with their owner. Dark side users turned them red, while light side Force users were able to turn those crystals blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple.
However, since the kyber crystals Ahsoka was using had already become red, the process of purifying them led to them becoming the white sabers.
Now, the white lightsabers look insanely cool and powerful. They also let Ahsoka stand out from the rest, at least visually. But white sabers have a meaning. In fact, all of the colors mean and represent something in canon. For example, blue represents bravery. Dave Filoni revealed that the white sabers represent Ahsoka being neither a Sith nor a Jedi. Throughout Ahsoka’s journey, she has seen how the Jedi Order has failed and become corrupted.
Even in The Mandalorian, she said the Order had fallen long ago. But even after witnessing this, she is still on the light side and is a Force user trying to use her powers to defeat evil across the galaxy. Traditionally, white is a color that symbolizes goodness and purity. Both of these traits can be used to describe Ahsoka. As for why she has two lightsabers when most Force users have one, that can be easily explained.
Her choice goes back to her time as a Jedi padawan. In the beginning, she had one blade-like the others. But over time, Ahsoka made a shorter second blade. Thus, using two blades became a part of Ahsoka’s fighting style. And so, this is the style she continued to use from then on. Ahsoka is the most prominent Star Wars character who frequently uses two lightsabers. It’s a style that suits her as well. So she should continue using two blades the next time she appears.
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