Ahsoka has taken its sweet time bringing Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn to live-action, but today's episode finally reveals what became of them. Well, mostly.
While we don't find out any specifics about the immediate aftermath of Star Wars Rebels, it's confirmed quite quickly that Peridia is the ancient homeworld of the Nightsisters and where the Purrgil go to die...in fact, the planet is surrounded by a ring of their ancient remains.
The planet is one that's become the stuff of myth and legend among the Jedi, but it's all too real. The Great Mothers - who, among other Dathimiri, either originated from or travelled to this world using the star whales - appear to confirm Sabine Wren is a Jedi and are revealed to be allied with Thrawn.
Thrawn's Star Destroyer, the Chimaera, soon appears but it's looking more than a little worse for wear as are its Stormtroopers (or Night Troopers). In fact, they're all pretty battered and held together with red fabric, a suggestion perhaps that, like Marrok, they're resurrected puppets forced by the Nightsisters to do Thrawn's bidding.
The villain has a history with Morgan Elsbeth but only knows of Baylan Skoll from his time as a Jedi and Thrawn dispatches both him and Shin Hati to kill Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger (the Grand Admiral makes good on Skoll's promise by allowing the Mandalorian to track her old friend down but doesn't seem to know whether Ezra is alive or dead).
Sabine does find the now-bearded Ezra after encountering some weirdly cute crab-like aliens and he seems keen to return home. For now, she doesn't tell him that there's no way back!
Back on the Chimaera, we see Thrawn has a new right-hand man known as Enoch. His gold mask is certainly striking but all we know so far is that he's played by actor Wes Chatham and holds the rank of "Captain."
As for Thrawn, he intends to return home and has seemingly struck up a partnership with The Great Mothers. His plan is to return to his Galaxy and before doing so, he loads a mysterious cargo aboard his ship which will aid in his mission to take his place as Heir to the Empire. As for Ahsoka Tano, he demands Elsbeth tell him everything about the Jedi before requesting that the Nightsisters once again aid him with their dark magicks to help destroy the hero.
This was an intriguing episode of Ahsoka, that's for sure, and while we still have a lot of questions, the next two weeks promise to be very interesting now Ezra and Thrawn are finally taking centre stage in the series. Fingers crossed this is Thrawn's introduction and not the end of his story, anyway!