WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, streaming now on Disney+.
Though initially introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tanos’ story seemingly ended with her leaving the Jedi Order at the end of Season 5. However, the character made a surprise return in the follow-up cartoon Star Wars: Rebels. She is revealed to be an operative for the Rebellion operating under the codename “Fulcrum.” Now, with Disney’s release of The Clone Wars’ final season, the show finally had a chance to tie up loose ends and in this week’s episode, “Old Friends Not Forgotten,” fans finally learned the origin of that codename.
The Fulcrum title is a fairly recent addition to Star Wars lore but has quickly become a big deal to fans because of its implications. Every character who has held the Fulcrum title has been a major player, so when the codename starts popping up it means big things are on the way. This proved true in “Old Friends Not Forgotten” when it’s revealed that Fulcrum was a secret subspace frequency used by Anakin Skywalker to stay in touch with informants.
Surprisingly, Anakin was expecting Fulcrum to be Saw Gerrera, meaning that he too once operated under that codename. Instead, it’s Ahsoka who has reached out to him, knowing a message from that frequency would be something that could not be ignored. She apparently continues to feel a lingering attachment to the codename.
In the 2016 novel, Ahsoka, the former Jedi is in hiding a year after the Siege of Mandalore being depicted right now in The Clone Wars finale. Unable to sit by and watch the Empire take over the galaxy, she starts to build a small resistance. This leads her to cross paths with Senator Bail Organa, her old friend from the Clone Wars and Leia’s adopted father. He convinces her to formally join the Rebellion and coordinate his covert communications network and when he does, Ahsoka asks him to call her Fulcrum. Ahsoka operated for years under that title, helping the Rebellion consolidate into a force that could truly threaten the Empire.
Season 1 of Rebels first introduced Fulcrum as an unknown operative. It was a lingering mystery and growing point of contention amongst the crew of the Ghost. Most of them were operating under the assumption that they were a small, independent guerrilla unit, disrupting Imperial operations on the system of the Lothal. Some of the crew were then angered to learn that their captain, Hera Syndulla, had been working under the guidance of Fulcrum in an attempt to join a larger resistance movement. The crew had little reason to trust Fulcrum or even have faith that a larger rebellion existed. However, when help was needed most, Ahsoka led a group of Rebels to assist the crew of the Ghost, revealing herself to be Fulcrum.
After her role in Rebels was finished, the title disappeared for a time until a new agent began feeding intel to the Rebellion under the codename. At this point, the Empire had gotten savvy to the codename and new that whoever Fulcrum was, they had to be a mole. Only someone on the inside could be providing the Rebels with the type of intel they’ve been receiving. Both sides of the fight were surprised to discover that this new Fulcrum was Imperial Security Bureau Agent Alexsandr Kallus.
Kallus had been a dogged enemy for the Ghost crew since the very beginning but had become disillusioned with the Empire’s brutality and lack of honor. Plus, an experience of being trapped on a desolate planet with Zeb, one of the crew, led him to form reluctant respect for the Rebels. His loyalty to the Rebels was rewarded as Kallus was extracted before he could be killed and for the remainder of the war, served proudly as a part of the Rebellion.
Outside of the events of Rebels, the most notable holder of the Fulcrum title was revealed to be Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor. Although it’s never mentioned in the film, Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide states that Cassian used the codename recruiting for the Rebels in the Albarrio sector. Additionally, the limited-run VR experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire confirms that Cassian used the codename on a mission to Mustafar.
Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. A new episode arrives each Friday.
In the Clone Wars episode, “Old Friends Not Forgotten,” fans learn the origin of Rebel codename “Fulcrum,” a code later used by Ahsoka Tano.