The end of Ahsoka season 1 is approaching, and Thrawn’s (Lars Mikkelson) ascension feels closer than ever. Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi), and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) are reunited after nearly a decade apart, but will they be able to stop Thrawn while still making it home?
The Grand Admiral usually seems to be one step ahead, but the separation of Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) may not have been anything he foresaw, even with the Great Mothers on his side.
Ahsoka Episode 8 Release Date
As the season finale approaches, the fate of two galaxies hangs in the balance. Here’s everything you need to know before viewing Ahsoka episode 8.
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What Happens in the ‘Ahsoka’ Finale?
Ezra (Eman Esfandi) decides to construct a new lightsaber for himself, much to Huyang’s (David Tennant) displeasure, who is exasperated by Ezra’s haphazard approach. Huyang reveals that he taught Kanan Jarrus how to construct a lightsaber when he was a Youngling, and gives Ezra a piece of equipment for which he had given Kanan the corresponding piece.
Sabine (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) runs in the direction of Ahsoka, with whom she’s overdue for a conversation about, well, everything, after reminiscing about instructors and apprentices. Ahsoka reflects on the manner in which Anakin Skywalker always stood by her side and pledges to always stand by Sabine’s side, despite the story’s ominous trajectory.
Before Ezra can intrude on the moment, a pair of TIE Fighters swoop in to deliver some fairly serious damage on Ahsoka’s ship. Sabine boosts the ship and uses it to navigate directly into the TIE Fighters in order to destroy them.
Sadly, this causes her to crash the spacecraft and further delays their plans. With their ship inoperable, Ahsoka, Ezra, and Sabine decide to take a pair of Howlers directly to Thrawn’s doorstep. Thrawn has no intention of negotiating with Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, so he intends to rain hellfire down upon them, but he appears to underestimate the trio’s lightsaber skills.
When the airstrike fails, he dispatches the Night Troopers to do his dirty work, with a little help from the Great Sisters, who use their corpses to construct an army of seemingly invincible foes. As the trio ascends the structure, they encounter Morgan, who is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them.
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Ahsoka urges Ezra and Sabine to divide up and stop Thrawn, leaving her to face Morgan in a rematch. With her new Dathomirian abilities, Morgan appears to be a much more formidable adversary for Ahsoka to combat. Sabine and Ezra, like Ahsoka, encounter a pair of super-powerful undead troopers, but Sabine uses a maneuver from The Last Jedi to eliminate one of them in order to save Ezra from an untimely demise.
Sabine and Ezra devise a plan to use the Force to vault over the ever-widening chasm separating them from the Chimaera as Thrawn’s ship pulls away from the tower. Ezra leaps first, believing that Sabine will be able to use the Force to give him a boost.
Before Sabine can board Thrawn’s ship, however, Ahsoka ascends the stairs with a legion of undead Night Troopers and Morgan Elsbeth on her heels. In a last-minute decision, Sabine decides to remain behind to assist Ahsoka — an action that an apprentice would undoubtedly perform for their master, demonstrating that she is not in it solely for Ezra.
Together, Ahsoka and Sabine take down the Night Troopers and—quite shockingly—Morgan Elsbeth too. After her introduction in The Mandalorian, it appeared that Morgan Elsbeth was establishing herself as Ahsoka’s new adversary.
Instead, she was merely a conduit between Ahsoka and Thrawn, a purpose that could have been accomplished without her. With her rise to even greater power at the beginning of Episode 8, a better plot seemed ultimately possible, but it was all for naught.
As was the case with many other characters in Ahsoka, Morgan’s character arc was poorly devised and excruciatingly underdeveloped, resulting in a rather anticlimactic demise. Her motives were obscure, her history was nonexistent, and her motivations were unknown, making it impossible to determine why she perished.
It appears that Filoni is not immune to the cruel narrative motif of bestowing women with power, only to revoke it mere minutes later. Keep Filoni far, far away from Jedi: Fallen Order’s Merrin if Ahsoka Season 2 or the upcoming film involves Dathomir and additional Nightsisters.
‘Ahsoka’s Finale Sees Everyone Switching Places
Sabine’s decision to stay behind to assist Ahsoka win the battle places Ezra in a situation similar to the one that landed him on Peridea in the first place, if only temporarily. This time, it is Ahsoka and Sabine who are isolated on the desolate planet after Thrawn prevents them from following him back to their galaxy.
Having been defeated, the couple returns to a Noti village, with Sabine fretting that she has made the wrong choices. Thrawn has escaped, and Ezra appears to be trapped aboard the ship. Sabine is reassured by Ahsoka that Ezra has returned home safely and is back where he belongs.
Fans are treated to a long-awaited reunion between Ezra and Hera (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) aboard a Republic ship, though his escape is not depicted. It appears that Ezra thought on his feet, hijacking a ship and a Night Trooper suit in order to escape the Chimaera without being discovered.
Similar to the awkward reunion between Sabine and Ezra, the reunion between Hera and Ezra, who was her de facto son long before Jacen was conceived, falls flat. The confusing reunion is exacerbated by Ahsoka’s conversation with Sabine on Peridea, in which she asserts that they are exactly where they need to be, despite not being reunited with their loved ones.
As Filoni has kept the plot and character motivations so close to his chest, it is anyone’s conjecture what the purpose of this dialogue is. Perhaps Ahsoka and Sabine intend to reunite with Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) and Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) as they embark on their own personal quests, although even those appear at best ambiguous.
Shin was last spotted seeking refuge among the red-clad scavengers, whereas Baylan was spotted scaling massive rock-carved monuments. But at least Ahsoka brought out the Force Ghost of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) one more time, like in the 2004 DVD edition of Return of the Jedi.
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