"Ahsoka, within you will be everything I am. All the knowledge I possess. Just as I inherited knowledge from my Master and he from his. You're part of a legacy."
The fifth episode of Ahsoka debuted on Disney+ earlier this week, and it proved to be a massive treat for fans of the animated Star Wars universe, with flashbacks/visions of young Ahsoka Tano's time as Anakin Skywalker's Padawan during the events of The Clone Wars.
"Shadow Warrior" featured several memorable interactions between Ahsoka and her former master, but one moment, in particular, has stirred up quite a bit of debate online.
When Anakin becomes Darth Vader (sans the iconic armor) and attacks Tano, she is able to disarm him and hold his own lightsaber to his throat. At this point, we catch a red (with a hint of yellow) gleam in her eyes - the reflection of the saber, sure, but was it also hinting at a possible turn to the Dark Side for the fan-favorite Force-wielder?
Possibly, but Ahsoka has never been tempted by the Dark Side (as far as we know) before, so this scene is more likely to represent her decision to "choose life" by purging herself of the guilt she's always felt about being away from her master's side when he was turned. Her tossing of the lightsaber mirrors Luke's refusal to kill his father in Return of the Jedi, and is symbolic of her realization that she must be a batter teacher to Sabine Wren than Anakin was to her.
Here, Anakin - be he Force Ghost, Mortis God, or something else entirely - also appears to make peace with himself, finally teaching his pupil the last lesson she'll need to defeat her enemies.
But hey, maybe Dave Filoni really is planning to have Ahsoka swayed to join Grand Admiral Thrawn and his cause! We don't see it, but anything's possible.
What do you think? Be sure to drop us a comment down below.
Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.
The series stars Rosario Dawson in the title role, with Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, Diana Lee Inosanto as Morgan Elsbeth, Ivanna Sakhno as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson as Baylan Skoll, David Tennant as Huyang, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn, with Eman Esfandi appearing as Ezra Bridger.
Kevin Kiner was announced as the series' composer.
Ahoska is written by executive producer Dave Filoni, alongside executive producers Favreau, Kennedy, Wilson, and Beck. Gilchrist is co-executive producer. The series’ directors include Filoni, Steph Green, Peter Ramsey, Jennifer Getzinger, Geeta Vasant Patel and Rick Famuyiwa.