Darkness has fallen upon the galaxy….
We last see Ahsoka Tano during The Clone Wars “The Wrong Jedi” (2013), descending the steps of the Jedi Temple after refusing the offer to rejoin the Jedi Order after she was found innocent of the Jedi Temple bombings. Exactly how much time has transpired between that time and The Siege of Mandalore/Revenge of the Sith is approximately six months.
Anakin’s last appearance before Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), came in Christie Golden’s novel Dark Disciple (2015), in which Anakin and Obi-Wan are engaged in a battle trying to capture Count Dooku with the help of an undercover Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress. Assuming this is only a few months before Revenge of the Sith, it’s safe to believe that when we see Ahsoka in the trailer speaking to Anakin, this is the first time the two have seen each other since “The Wrong Jedi.”
There have been relatively few references to The Siege of Mandalore, but since its first appearance in canon, it had taken on a life and imagination of its own rivaling the Clone War as a whole when Ben Kenobi mentioned them to young Luke in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The only known references to the great battle, directly or indirectly, have come in either the novels or on television. The first coming from the mouth of Captain Rex when the crew of the Ghost paid him a visit during Star Wars Rebels “The Lost Commanders” (Season 2, episode 3, 2015).
Ezra: “Ahsoka Tano sent us.”
Rex: “Ahsoka Tano. I fought by her side from The Battle of Christophsis to The SIege of Mandalore.”
The next reference came during the incredible Season 2 finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice” (2016). Maul referenced Ahsoka’s decision to escape with Rex instead of capturing Maul during Order 66.
Maul: “Running away again, Lady Tano?”
The third reference came in the October 2016 novel Ahsoka, written by E. K. Johnston. Johnston describes in great detail the confrontation between the two who find themselves on eerily similar paths – Maul, a former Sith now on a road to rule again with the Shadow Collective at his command, and Ahsoka, a former Jedi padawan who has left the Order on a path of self-discovery.
And lastly, during Star Wars Rebels “Heroes of Mandalore” (Season 4 episodes 1-2, 2017), Sabine Wren discovers the constant devastation battle can inflict on her home planet of Mandalore.
As told in Ahsoka, moments before Revenge of the Sith, Anakin hands Ahsoka her lightsabers and warns her “Maul is tricky. He has no mercy in him at all.” Anakin then joins Obi-Wan to rescue the Chancellor from the clutches of General Grievous and Count Dooku.
Ahsoka leaves with Clone Captain Rex (CT-7567) and the 501st to confront Maul on Mandalore. Ahsoka is able to lure Maul into a ray shield only to have the clone army turn against her at the command of Darth Sidious. During the battle, Ahsoka has the choice of either capturing Maul or rescuing her friend Rex. Choosing to save her friend, Maul is allowed to escape. Ahsoka and Rex are also able to make their escape. Both wary soldiers decide to split up and go into hiding. Ahsoka’s story is continued in the Ahsoka novel, while Rex lays low until season two of Rebels when the Ghost crew locates Rex, Gregor, and Wolffe on Seelos.
Since Revenge of the SIth, we’ve had a taste of what happened on Coruscant, Mygeeto, Felucia, Kashyyyk, Utapau, and Cato Nemoidia. After several years of wondering, we may finally be able to witness The Siege of Mandalore next year when The Clone Wars makes its unexpected return on the Disney direct-to-consumer streaming service.
Butler, Nathan P. Star Wars Timeline Gold. 2017. Web. 22 July 2018.
Johnston, E.K. Ahsoka. New York: Disney Publishing Press, 2016. Print.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Dir. George Lucas. Perf. Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor. 2005. Film.
Star Wars Rebels. Dir. Dave Filoni. Perf. Dee Bradley Baker, et al. 2016. Television.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Dir. Dave Filoni. Perf. Eckstein, Ashley and Matt Lanter. 2013. Television.
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