Ahsoka Finale Theory: One Callback Just Set Up a Huge Star Wars Villain Return

Anthony Daniels’ return as C-3PO is nice, but Star Wars: Ahsoka may be planning an even bigger cameo for episode 8…

Nightsisters in Star Wars: Ahsoka
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This Star Wars: Ahsoka article contains spoilers.

It’ll be a race to the finish line in the final episode of Star Wars: Ahsoka. Both sides want to escape Peridia and return to New Republic space, but in the penultimate episode, “Dreams and Madness,” it really looks like it’s the villains who hold all the cards. While Thrawn has a Star Destroyer, Night Troopers, the Witches of Dathomir, two dark siders, and the Eye of Sion on his side, Ahsoka and friends don’t even have their purrgil anymore. How the hell are the heroes supposed to not only stop Thrawn’s plans of galactic conquest but also get back home? Only showrunner Dave Filoni knows at the moment.

But what Ahsoka, Sabine, and Ezra plan to do to thwart the Grand Admiral isn’t the finale’s only big mystery. There’s also the question of what’s in those coffin-like containers the Empire is transferring to the Chimaera ahead of the trip back to the galaxy far, far away. An exchange between Thrawn and Lady Morgan in episode 6 revealed that the containers were coming from the Nightsister catacombs on the planet’s surface. This quickly sparked theories that the Nightsisters planned to bring their dead ancestors back to the New Republic and resurrect them with their dark magic. As The Clone Wars fans know, these witches have used necromancy in the past to take down their enemies.

Fast forward to “Dreams and Madness” and the episode’s biggest callback. No, we don’t mean Anthony Daniels’ return or those references to Senator Leia Organa (which were neat, of course), but the big Clone Wars era villains who are namedropped in the episode. The scene in question sees Ahsoka practicing her lightsaber forms while a hologram of Anakin Skywalker offers words of encouragement. We learn Anakin recorded several training holograms for Ahsoka during the Clone Wars, and this one offers a particularly fan service-y pep talk about the many trials his padawan will face on the battlefield. Not just battle droids, Anakin says, but also General Grievous, Count Dooku, and even…Asajj Ventress, who so happens to also be a Nightsister who Filoni used quite a bit during The Clone Wars.


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