WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series finale, streaming now on Disney+.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars said a touching goodbye to the character of Ahsoka during its season finale. Right now, it’s unknown when fans will see her again. So far she’s only shown up in animated Star Wars properties, and Disney hasn’t announced any plans for another such series following The Clone Wars and Rebels. However, nearly two decades pass between the events of those series, so let’s explore what the former Jedi was up to during that time.
Our primary source of information on what Ahsoka was up to comes from the appropriately titled Ahsoka, a novel written by E.K. Johnston that was published in 2016. The book covers her actions after Order 66 and the end of the Clone Wars, and so is of great use when filling in the gaps in her story. While the first chapter or so of the book is contradicted by the recent Season 7 finale (Johnston wrote the story before production on Season 7 had begun), the rest of the novel can still be considered canon.
Ahsoka, having escaped the near-fatal betrayal of the 501st legion during Order 66, flees to Thabeska, a planet in the Outer Rim. She adopts the name “Ashla,” and finds work with the Fardi clan, a wealthy and powerful family. She works for the smuggling family for almost exactly a year, before fleeing on the first Empire Day (the in-universe celebration of the overthrow of the Republic), when Imperial officers come to Thabeska.
From the Outer Rim planet, Ahsoka soon arrives on an even further-out Outer Rim moon, Raada. Raada is a remote farming community, so the former Jedi poses as a mechanic, agreeing to work for a young girl named Kaeden Larte in exchange for food. She lives on Raada for an unclear amount of time, fixing machinery and becoming friends with Kaeden’s immediate friends and family.
But soon enough, the Empire comes to Raada as well. This time, Ahsoka decides not to flee immediately, playing it cool as Imperial officers take over the farming settlement. While she’s able to avoid being drafted into the Empire’s acceleration of the colony’s farming, she’s forced to stand by and watch as an Imperial officer executes one of the farmers. Weeks go by, and the treatment of the farmers by the Empire only worsens.
Deciding to do something about it, Ahsoka enlists some of the locals to take action. They sabotage the Imperial walkers located at the spaceport. In the process, Ahsoka is forced to use her Force powers to save the locals, outing herself as a (former) Jedi. Knowing that she’ll only be putting the farmers in danger if she sticks around, Ahsoka leaves again, returning to Thabeska.
On Thabeska, Ahsoka talks with one of the youngest members of the Fardi family, a young girl named Hedala. Hedala is Force-sensitive, and tells Ahsoka of a “shadow” she sensed while the ex-Jedi was away. Ahsoka settles back down on Thabeska, and works as a mechanic for the Fardis, using one of their ships to go on rescue missions for damaged spacecraft in her spare time. However, her actions once again attract the attention of the Imperials, who arrive on Thabeska and begin asking around for Ahsoka. She manages to evade them, but is advised by the head of the Fardi family to leave once more.
Ahsoka soon encounters Bail Organa, who attempts to convince her to join his Rebellion movement while also informing her an Inquisitor attacked Raada in her absence, drawn by the reports of her using her Force powers. Returning to the moon, the farmers tell Ahsoka the Inquisitor (known as the Sixth Brother) kidnapped Kaeden, so Ahsoka goes to rescue her. Confronting the Jedi hunter, Ahsoka manages to destroy his lightsaber, taking the Kyber crystals within and using them to forge her own pair of bright-white lightsabers — the same ones she wields in Rebels. She then uses her new weapons to fight off the remaining Imperials and evacuate Raada.
Some time after this, she sneaks onto Bail Organa’s ship and accepts his offer to join the Rebellion. She also tells him to call her Fulcrum, adopting the name of Anakin’s old communication channel as her new moniker (this is also why the “Fulcrum” symbol in Rebels is based on Ahsoka’s facial markings).
The events of Ahsoka nicely fill in the blanks between Clone Wars and Rebels despite covering such a short period of time. It has a clear recurring theme of Ahsoka fleeing Imperial forces as they hunt for her, before she finally stands her ground and joins the Rebellion. It also provides the origin story of her pure-white lightsabers, which she created by “healing” the damaged Kyber crystals inside the Sixth Brother’s lightsaber. Yet, although that blank is filled in, there’s still plenty of potential for Ahsoka on screen, even if it’s after the Rebellion.
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.
Ahsoka features prominently in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, but what was she doing in between? Let's fill in the blanks.