The final few shots of Ahsoka season 1 prove why the overall era that began with The Mandalorian is important to Star Wars’ lore and mythology.
- At first it was unclear what the New Republic era’s thematic purpose was beyond the exploration of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s return and setting up future TV shows and movies, rather
- However, the final moments of Ahsoka season 1 hint at the New Republic’s purpose as an exploration of balance in the Force, with references to the Mortis Gods and the inclusion of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One.
- Star Wars has always touched on the concept of balance in the Force, but it has never been fully explored. Through Ahsoka and Hayden Christensen’s return, the franchise may finally explain what balance truly means and establish the purpose of the New Republic era.
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Ahsoka season 1’s final sequences may have revealed why the New Republic era that began with The Mandalorian is so important to the wider Star Wars franchise. For the most part, Ahsoka‘s story was fairly easy to follow. By the time of Ahsoka‘s finale and subsequent ending, it was made more clear than ever that the goal of the series was to explore Grand Admiral Thrawn’s Star Wars return. Not only did this promise an exciting future for Star Wars‘ upcoming TV shows, but it also teased one of three feature films on the horizon.
Dave Filoni’s upcoming Star Wars movie is expected to culminate the New Republic era that began with The Mandalorian by featuring the heroes battling against Thrawn’s resurgent Empire. However, this storyline has served little purpose for the franchise beyond simply serving as a basis for Lucasfilm to make more TV shows and movies. That said, Ahsoka season 1’s final few sequences may have hinted at exactly what the New Republic era’s purpose is, and how it fits into the wider lore of the Star Wars galaxy going into Ahsoka season 2 and beyond.
Ahsoka’s Final Scenes Set Up An Exploration Of Balance
When concerning exactly what Ahsoka‘s finale sets up, the final few sequences of season 1 foreshadow an exploration of balance. Through teases of the Mortis Gods and one clear shot of the Father, Ahsoka sets up that the concept of the balance of the Force will be deepened in the future. In Star Wars lore, the Father acts as a deity who represents balance within the Force. This was first explored in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and provided a physical manifestation of the endless exploration of the Force that Star Wars has always featured.
Where the original trilogy’s purpose was to kickstart the franchise, the prequel trilogy’s was to flesh out Darth Vader’s backstory, and the sequel trilogy’s was to take the franchise into the future. Concerning Ahsoka‘s purpose, it could be to tie all of this together by exploring what balance truly means. The teases of the Mortis Gods in Ahsoka season 1’s final moments support this, as does the inclusion of Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One of the Force.
Star Wars Can Finally Explain What Balance In The Force Truly Means
Across three separate trilogies, Star Wars has always included the concept of balance within the Force. The prequels saw the Force fall out of balance when the Jedi were destroyed and the Sith/Empire rose in their place, while the originals saw Luke and Anakin return balance to the Force by killing Palpatine. The sequels then included the Force falling back out of balance with Palpatine’s continued plans after death, before his ultimate defeat returned the galaxy to a balanced status quo once more.
However, despite this concept forever being a constant in Star Wars storytelling, it has never been explored what the balance of the Force truly means. While it is self-explanatory in terms of defeating oppressive, fascistic rulers like Palpatine, the deeper, more mythological aspects such as the Mortis Gods have been left unexplored. Through Ahsoka, the show’s titular character, and the promised return of Hayden Christensen as the Force’s Chosen One, Star Wars may finally answer what balance of the Force truly means, thus proving the New Republic era’s purpose in a galaxy far, far away.