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What Happens to Ahsoka Tano?

By April 19, 2010

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Ahsoka Tano in (I)Star Wars: The Clone Wars(/i).

Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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Anakin Skywalker's apprentice, the padawan Ahsoka Tano, is nowhere to be seen in the live-action Star Wars films. Watching Revenge of the Sith, in fact, we get the impression that the hotheated and impetuous Anakin's only experience with Jedi apprenticeship is his own tortured relationship with Obi-Wan.

But Ahsoka features prominently in The Clone Wars, the perfectly canon CGI animated series that's set less than a year before the climactic events of Revenge of the Sith. Ahsoka is a major player in the Clone Wars themselves, and yet vanishes from the company and, for all we can tell, memories of Anakin and the Jedi council.

Naturally this has led to all sorts of theories on exactly what Ahsoka's fate is, ranging from the plausible to the hilarious. Amy Hill, our Star Wars expert, ponders a long list of possibilities, adding her take on the evidence for and against each supposition.

Personally, I suspect all of this speculation will be rendered moot when George Lucas releases the twentieth-anniversary Special Edition of Revenge of the Sith, in which a scene is introduced, intercut with Anakin and Padmé's lovemaking, where it turns out that Ahsoka was accidentally killed by Jar Jar Binks in a bizarre daiquiri-making mishap. But we'll have to wait for confirmation on that.
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April 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(1) hank says:

She joins the altisan jedi. A jedi splinter faction that survives order 66 but isn’t seen in the following movies or post return of th jedi books.

July 22, 2010 at 6:49 am
(2) Bob says:

She actually gets killed in a deleted scene on revenge of the sith.

August 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(3) Brandon says:

Bob – That was Shaak Ti, who had two deleted scenes for her death (at the hands of Greivous and at the hands of Anakin) but ultimately died by Starkiller in the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

September 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm
(4) Kenya says:

i think ahsoka was on a different mission during order 66. And that she wasn’t there to help anakin resist the dark side of the force.

September 8, 2010 at 9:43 am
(5) WIll says:

Brandon – Ive only seen the Shaak Ti deleted scene where Greivous kills her. Where is the Anakin deleted scene, sounds interesting :)

October 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(6) bobo says:

she should be a knight by episode 3.

most likely she was killed in a mission. which will further anakin’s journey to the dark side.

October 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm
(7) Rashon says:

I think that Ahsoka should kill Ventress (I know you see Dooku Killing Ventress in the season 3 preview)and becomes a Jedi Knight. Then she should be killed in order 66 at the hands of a bunch of clones (not Rex, He is too loyal to kill Ahsoka).

November 12, 2010 at 10:36 am
(8) nick says:

ummm exactly, captain rex is too loyal. thats why he would be the best candidate to do it. commander cody is extremely loyal and he attempts to kill obi wan. this is why i dont think george lucas should have made the films backwardsand the t.v series after the films were made unless he and his story writers and a solid story line set in stone

December 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(9) Rich says:

@nick: the reason george made the movies and show backwards is because he did not think the first movie (a new hope) would do as well as it did and also he needed to wait for the technology of the time to catch up to his vision. there are a whole slew of contanuity issues in the starwars world but it is to be expected with how the series is structured…

December 22, 2010 at 1:33 am
(10) atzk says:

@rich: All the more reason for george lucas to remake/edit the entire series. After all, why not? He will make loads of money and in the end it would benefit the saga, having all films in one style.

As far as ahsoka goes, she probably wasnt supposed to exist in the first place. But the creators of clone wars thought they needed something to make Anakin more interesting.

Remember the cartoon network clone wars? The stories there made more sense and are in line with the rest of the movies (except RotS because it came afterwards).

This Clone Wars series imo does Star wars no justice, imo.

January 18, 2011 at 5:50 am
(11) Aztec says:

In season 3 of Clone wars the trailer I saw was that she was attacking someone, who had a blue lightsaber, her eyes were yellowish like, but the person who had the blue lightsaber, I think it was Anakin.

January 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(12) ebilly99 says:

I would love to have a scene where she and vader are fighting as she trys to protect a youngling.

February 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm
(13) aquaman247 says:

she turns to the dark side. that’s why no one speaks of her

February 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(14) azstate says:

@auquaman- in altar of mortis she does turn to the dark side then returns to the light, not much isknown after the clone wars

February 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm
(15) average_joe says:

The “Altar of Mortis” episode in Season 3 leaves the perfect “out” for the creators to completely remove Ahsoka from the story without any unpleasantness for her young fans. We see the balance of the Force upset when the guardian of the light side, “The Daughter,” is killed by the guardian of the dark side, “The Son.” However, as The Daughter is dying, her lifeforce is transfered to Ahsoka to save her from the dark side. This is a perfect setup to have the Jedi Council send Ahsoka back to Mortis forever as the guardian of the light side in order to try to bring balance back to the force. Then she would be removed from the story, everyone would love her for doing something so noble, and there wouldn’t be much point in talking about her because she wouldn’t really be Ahsoka anymore as much as the next incarnation of the light guardian. Couldn’t help but think the writers were working on her fate as I watched it.

Personally, though I wanted to see Anakin either kill her or make a clear decision that he knew would lead to her death – something that clearly and consiously would have pushed him from the nice guy in the cartoon to the dark, conflicted Jedi in Episode III.

February 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm
(16) Cyber says:

I thank that Anakin by a incident in episode 22 his anger and hate can not control and he kills Ahsoka further ends the clone wars season bij revenge of the sich. I’m sure Ahsoka does not survive and that is definitely not a gamble.

February 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(17) Cyber Wars says:

I thank that Anakin by an incident in episode 22 his anger and hate cannot control and he kills Ahsoka further ends the clone wars season by revenge of the sich. I’m sure Ahsoka does not survive and that is definitely not a gamble.

February 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(18) Darth Desolous says:

Ahsoka attacks obi wan and anakin with two green lightsabers

February 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm
(19) babybluecebu says:

@rashon – Ventress is actually killed by Anakin on Boz Pity

April 10, 2011 at 3:40 am
(20) Eric says:

Well I have 2 theories ….

1) because of the war, Jedi are being killed off and need to be replenished. in an unprecedented move Ahsoka is promoted to Jedi Knight, and she is off on some far away planet far from the reaches of order 66, she hears of the attack and goes into hiding.

2) Count Dooku kills her, an this is one of the reason Anikin finds it easier to kill him in epp 3. To exact his revenge for his padawn.

or what Averagve_joe said …. I kinda like that

May 8, 2011 at 10:10 am
(21) bibo bob says:

Wouldn’t it cool if padme became a jedi knight but what padme becomes evil and murders ahsoka

May 8, 2011 at 10:15 am
(22) claira says:

I think ahsoka heard that her master had turned to the dark side and ahsoka got really scared she went into hiding with the wookies.

May 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm
(23) vanessa says:

no ashoka goes into hiding

June 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm
(24) Jack says:

She definitely goes to the dark side. Altar of Mortis was really just meant to foreshadow it. Thank about it; at the end of the citadel trilogy, she kills Sobeck the same way Anakin killed Tal Merrik in season 2 and in Padawan Lost, she is seen using force choke very briefly (when she lifts a Trandoshan, you can see him gasping for air and grabbing his throat). She is clearly adopting Anakin’s fighting style, including some of his rather dangerous tendencies. There’s also the Mortis Trilogy where Ahsoka is warned there are “seeds of the dark side implanted by [her] master” and she turns to the dark side briefly. Not only that but the episode after she turns, Anakin turns briefly, obviously foreshadowing his fate in Revenge of the Sith. With all this said, it is likely that the final story arc for the show (George has said there will be 100 episodes) will depict her fall to the dark side and her death, which of course would be yet another person that Anakin is close to that dies tragically.

June 29, 2011 at 6:51 am
(25) jonzo says:

Im just gonna wait and see and in the meantime ill think positive, i hate thinking that ahsoka dies

July 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm
(26) SHK_Miizer says:

Do Bee honest im watchinqq episode 73
and it seems that wen anikan says she cant
goo too the citidal, she speaks with master
plo koon and she tell him, that amakin shouldnt bee able too tell her wen she can risk her life or not, pretty much
sayinqq that she should get too doo watevr she wants
and plo koon gives her a certain look, that lyk waht comes too myy mind hee sees a dark presents inside of her.
so myy conclusion is that she’ll goes down the path of the darkside and either anakin or any jedi has too kill her.
ii could bee wronqq im nt a expert in star wars… ii just noe the storys from the movies and the clone wars cartoons
that came out a while back, and the new ones on cartoon network, ii nvr read about them…. soo thats myy conclusion

July 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm
(27) dana12431243dana says:

ashoka will die some death probably by dooko but then why wouldnt anakin kill him then

August 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(28) lionsfn11 says:

She’s there when Obi Wan and Anakin fall into a “nasty sarlacc pit”. Beileving that both “masters” are dead after she feverishly reaches out with the force for signs of life. She can’t feel their life pressence due to her excellerated yet incomplete training for the need of Jedi to fight the Clone Wars. She returns to Coursant to report to the council that both Jedi “Masters” are dead. So distraught that she “lost” two Jedi “Masters” she demotes her self and leaves the active Jedi Order to live her remaining days in a self induced exile. She’s not mentioned in the lost 13 because she never made rank above padawan. When Anakin questions the council about Ashoka’s sudden disapearence they simply adivse Anakin that she has been reasigned furthering his distrust of the council. Ashoka moves to the Outer Rim and has disapeared thus missing the events of ROTS and Order 66.

September 10, 2011 at 8:39 am
(29) wowza says:

She turns to dark side and will end in a fight with anakin. Foreshadowing obi wan and anakins fight, and adding to anakins self doubt and inner fear and anger.

September 17, 2011 at 12:49 am
(30) johnnyMFC says:

I have already seen it. She is dead just prior to the opening of episode III. She dies at the hand of General Grievous as she is trying to prevent the extraction of Grand Chancellor Palpatine to the Generals ship. specifically in the tunnels below the capitol, is where he takes possession of her light sabers.

September 19, 2011 at 4:37 am
(31) Josh says:

Or it could simply be that because the clone wars series was made AFTER the movies were they are in fact an alternate reality or possibility and so the new live series will actually focus on her character as it is revealed she was on a mission in the outer rim

September 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm
(32) fatkid00 says:

In the lego clone wars game, they show anakin killing her when he kills the younglings.

September 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm
(33) Darius says:

Since Luke had obi wan protecting him, I think Ahsoka went to Alderaan to protect baby Leia in secret. She could’ve died in Alderaan while protecting leia’s secret or during the explosion.

October 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm
(34) leley says:

She’s my fav in the clone wars, and maybe, she wasn’t in the movies ‘cos she wasn’t in that scene, or maybe she isn’t in the movies ‘cos Anakin isn’t a master?

October 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm
(35) Darth reveren says:

This is for peopel who Know a lot of star wars as u may know lluke skywalker does have a brother in the first scrip but got erased For confusion lukes brother was hiding out with Asoka on besbin but when they deleted lukes brother they deleted asoka and the empre said that the Jedi killed her for power

November 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm
(36) Lll says:

@Aztec: That was when she was bitten by some evil monster, and it made her turn to the dark side, later, though, The son of the force kills Ahsoka, only then, accidentally kills his sister, the Daughter, who allies with the light side. She is stabbed, and her dying wish is to breathe life into Ahsoka, so she does, and she’s good again.
So, my theory is She’ll go to replace the daughter, since she’s got her power in her.

November 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(37) Darth Fernal says:

I love the idea that she replaces the daughter.

November 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm
(38) alex says:

ahsoka doesn’t appear in the live action movies but appears in the clone wars series because she wasnt created until after revenge of the sith was released

November 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm
(39) malik says:

i agree with nick George shouldn’t have made the clones seem like they would never kill the jedi because it doesn’t really go with the movie

December 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(40) sarah says:

well i think when vader went to kill her she held the lightsaber up to her chest and killed her self insted of fighting him

December 28, 2011 at 1:26 am
(41) Kurt says:

I think Ahsoka was sent out on an outer rim mission and Anikin knew her location but still had the bonds of padawan-master and chose to forget about her. It would be cool if there was like a comic or something when Darth Vader confronts her not knowing who she is then Ahsoka saying or doing something that triggers a memory and Vader lets her go.

January 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(42) MikeOmega says:

I like Darius’ idea (comment 33) about Ahsoka being on Alderaan during the “Test Firing” of the first Death Star. It makes perfect sense. The surviving Jedi from Order 66, either aren’t within the reaches of the Clones when the order is given, or escape the attack, ALL go into hiding. And since Anakin… er Darth Vader… has been seduced by the Dark Side, Obi-Wan orders Ahsoka to protect Leia Skywalker, AKA Princess Leia Organa, in secret, and never reveal her whereabouts to anyone, for fear of the Emperor’s and Vader’s wrath. Just take a deep breath, and think about it… :)

January 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm
(43) Tyler says:

Maybe she just becomes a knight and is killed? Not all masters and Padawans stay together once the Padawan is knighted. She could have been knighted, went on a mission and died at the hands of a Clone Trooper.

January 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(44) Jason says:

She isn’t killed at all. She becomes a powerful Jedi but later reunites with Lux Bonteri. She realizes their love is too strong and she can not keep her commitment to the Jedi Order and leaves. During the process she has another vision of the of the war and the course it will take. She and Lux flee the war and escape to a remote world with several refugees where they start a family and their own farming colony. As Palpatine never pays attention to her and with Anakin’s “attachment” issues she is forgotten and escapes order “66″.
Later, after a warm and loving life with Lux who passes quietly in his sleep an old man, she returns to Jedi life serving as the librarian in Luke Skywalkers Jedi Academy. Here she becomes a mother figure to Luke by becoming his master and mentor and further continuing his lessons in the Force. She also teaches many who listen with anecdotes and tales from life in the old Jedi order. She dies peacfully in her sleep with full Jedi honors, as revered as Yoda, loved like a mother, a link between the present and past.

January 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm
(45) Khary says:

I think ahsoka dies when covering anakin and obi wan when they go to save palpatine

January 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm
(46) dub esquire says:

count dooku kills ahsoka!! thats why anakin chops his head off!!

February 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm
(47) jorge says:

If every one paid attention a older Ahsoka dies by clone troopers in episode 3 ROTS…. when executing order 66 it shows a series of jedi dying, she is among them on the planet felucia (the same planets shaak-ti is on in the force unleashed) she is shot in the back …. confirm it

February 26, 2012 at 3:27 am
(48) gaga says:

@jorge, that’s not ahsoka, that’s aayla secura

March 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(49) xantrani says:

Mesa no keel ahsoka! Shesa gets drunk on daiquiri andsa joins Girlsa Gone Wild! Shesa so embarrasseded dat shesa neber comes back!

March 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(50) Tommy says:

I have the same idea as Jason (44). She reunites with Lux Bonteri. Watch Star Wars the Clone Wars S04E14 and you’ll understand why it is very reasonable to think that.

March 14, 2012 at 9:02 am
(51) Nicholas says:

This is what happened.
Ahsoka was a very new jedi knight when order 66 happened. She manages to fight off the clones with her. After searching the planet (geonosis) for any surviving clones. Ahsoka goes back to her ship where she find the message to go back to the Jedi Temple, 10 seconds later the message is aborted. Ahsoka returns to her home plant where she lives out the rest of her days.

March 24, 2012 at 12:12 am
(52) Anthony says:

I don’t think anyone knows the answer except the ones making the episodes, so I say we can say all our predictions and theories, and when the truth comes out, then we’ll know.

April 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(53) Tato says:

If these story happens in the parallelic univerce, it can be that she and some jedi could survive after the Order 66, and they have died a normal death.

April 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm
(54) Dan Smith says:

Although I really like the 15th comment on here by “average_joe”, I have one other that I find utterly fascinating.

Ashoka, being as powerful as she is and as young as she is is found by Sidious to be the perfect Apprintice. Even though he had been closely watching Anikin throughout the wars Anikin could still be a backup plan in Ashoka didn’t work out… we all know how that went down. Sidious being the universe’s puppetmaster easily sweeps Ashoka’s death under the rug with the story her untimely end in some uncharted part of space that is “useless to navigate” or something along those lines, but Anikin searches for her anyway and after many wrong turns and chasing shadows across the stars he finds her remains in what will be the most solemn moment in the series, followed by the most extreme outburst of anger in the Anikin’s history, thus driving him ever deeper down the path of the dark side.

April 22, 2012 at 9:02 am
(55) nerd says:

The fact that Anakin is NOT a Master Jedi in EP III is kind of a big deal in the plot. One of the ways a Jedi Knight reaches the rank of Master Jedi is successfully training a padawan to the to become a Knight. So, obviously, something other than ” she becomes a super awesome Jedi Knight that’s sooo cool!” Has to happen to her… Unless it’s just bad writing, which is very possible. George Lucis isn’t as good at the execution of his visions as he is their conceptions.

May 20, 2012 at 8:51 am
(56) emma says:

She dose not get killwd in the deleted scenes of reveng of the sith! that was Shak Ti who gets killed!

June 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(57) Tra says:

To everybody that thinks that ashoka should kill ventress she can’t because(not to be childish) but in the cartoon star wars the clone wars volume 2 anakin kills ventress as apart of his training to help another planet in need.ashoka probaly goes into hiding after she hears about order 66 and probaly comes out of hiding after the empire is the defeated and returns to corusant once Luke opens back up the Jedi temple.The ohter senerio is that she was tragiclly killed in the progress of order 66

June 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(58) Tra says:

To everybody that thinks that ashoka should kill ventress she can’t because(not to be childish) but in the cartoon star wars the clone wars volume 2 anakin kills ventress as apart of his training to help another planet in need.ashoka probaly goes into hiding after she hears about order 66 and probaly comes out of hiding after the empire is the defeated and returns to corusant once Luke opens back up the Jedi temple.The ohter senerio is that she was tragiclly killed in the progress of order 66

July 12, 2012 at 10:24 am
(59) Jcd says:

I think she never should have been brought into the Star Wars universe. She’s a worse character than Jar Jar and makes The Clone Wars movie and series completely unwatchable.

July 13, 2012 at 1:49 am
(60) Mitri says:

In the episode where the trio (Obi, Ani, and Snips) are caught up in the whole Dark son,Light daughter, Balanced Father episode (Same episode that reveals what ani’s prophesied destiny, which he turns away from his destiny in this 3 part episode, another factor to add to his down fall) Snips has a vision of her older darker self coming to her pretty much saying skywalker will be the cause of her own downfall if she stays as his padawan. So this points out that she lives to grow up into a matured woman.

Personally I love the idea that she dies trying to prevent palpatines kidnapping, and those are her light sabers you briefly see in grevious’s cloak when skywalker uses the force to retrieve his own for the fight on the bridge in ROTS. Reason why they didnt bring it up to as why they refuse to grant skywalker the rank to master is because 1) they could sense skywalkers pain thus didnt want to stir up the emotionally tore jedi at the time 2) They didnt have time to discuss why skywalker cant be a master. Reading the facial expression of Windus face when he told skywalker to have a seat, He had a look of “You know why you are not a master” on his face.

But on the upside of things I think she will take her vision into heed and leave the order all together, probably cause the council refuses to reassign her a new master and runs off to live a life with Lux….recalling from that one episode with them two and death watch mandalorians.

November 14, 2012 at 11:23 am
(61) Tonho says:

I don’t think she perished, I think she ran off with that boy…you know the son of Padme’s friend whom was a Separatist
She seem to have developed some feelings for him in Season 5 and when he told her he was going re join the Republic she lit up…So if u ask me she is still alive she just split with that boy.

November 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(62) Will (I'mastarwarsgeek) says:

Ahsoka will probably leave/ be exiled from the order and end up with Lux Bonteri on some outer rim planet. Her reckless behavior supports the idea of her making a terrible mistake and getting exiled from/ leaving the order because she feels/is guilty. Having her die is too dark for the series. The reason I mention Lux is because his character seems a bit pointless if he’s not going to be a love intrest.

*for all you who like the ahsoka looking over leia on Allderaan theory, that can’t happen because Ferus Olin does that. (jedi quest books/ last of the Jedi books, Jude Watson)

December 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(63) Lola says:

Actually, in the revenge of the sith, she is killed in one of the order 66 scenes. Watch it again, you’ll see. Here: http://youtube.com/index?&desktop_uri=%2F#/watch?v=OiV2dxOLfnc worry for bad quality. Around the 2:55 mark. Unless that’s another creature with the same hairstyle and outfit as her. It doesn’t seem to have the face paintings of Ahsoka.

January 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm
(64) Jeffrey says:

It would have been a great out for the writers to get rid of her on geonosis during the battle at Dookus droid factory. She’s in a droid tank with another jedi padawan Barraus they blow the factory to smithereens kiling the droid army but bring the factory crashing down on them in the process. That would have been a great ending to her character she goes out a hero and the scene is just epic ,a crumbling droid factory, droids beng crushed by debris ,fire, explosions, but no they pull her outta of the ruble 30 secs later. It would have been perfect because its not too graphic (kids show) , she goes out a hero, and it happens early enough so that it wouldn’t be on the forefront of anikins mind during the events of III. I don’t know maybe that’s just me, but I’ve been waiting to see her die since the 1st episode, she really has no place in the story

February 3, 2013 at 9:28 am
(65) sam says:

to jack at (24) if she turns to the dark side this might reflect badly on anakin so the jedi council would pay more attension to him thus stopping him from turning to the dark side in episode III revenge of the sith

February 3, 2013 at 9:28 am
(66) sam says:

to jack at (24) if she turns to the dark side this might reflect badly on anakin so the jedi council would pay more attension to him thus stopping him from turning to the dark side in episode III revenge of the sith

February 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(67) shawm says:

She gets framed an gots into hiding but order is issued to kill the jedi

February 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm
(68) BILL says:


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