After a tumultuous journey connecting with the Force, Ahsoka episode 8 finally confirms Mandalorian Sabine Wren as a fully-fledged Jedi.
Warning! This article contains spoilers for Ahsoka episode 8.
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- Sabine Wren finally taps into her Force abilities in Episode 8 of Ahsoka, solidifying her as a true Jedi.
- Sabine’s journey to unlock the Force raises questions about why she had difficulty connecting with it compared to other Jedi that could be explained through her Mandalorian heritage.
- With Ahsoka as her mentor and a legacy of powerful Force users, Sabine has the potential to become a strong Jedi in the New Republic era.
After seven installments of teases, hints, and references to a burgeoning Force connection, Ahsoka episode 8 finally makes Sabine Wren a Jedi. Sabine has had connections with Jedi throughout her time in the Star Wars franchise. From Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger during the events of Star Wars Rebels to becoming Ahsoka Tano’s Padawan between the animated show and Ahsoka, Sabine is no stranger to the ways of Star Wars‘ space wizards.
That said, Sabine was never shown to host any Force abilities herself throughout Star Wars Rebels. This was a plot point introduced for Ahsoka which delved further into Sabine’s training under Ahsoka. Throughout the most recent Star Wars show though, Sabine’s connection to the Force has been depicted as frustratingly limited. However, Ahsoka’s finale and ending changed this in a big way by finally allowing Sabine to utilize the Force, seemingly solidifying her as a true Jedi ahead of Ahsoka season 2.
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Sabine Has Finally Learned To Call Upon The Force
In Ahsoka‘s first seven episodes, the closest hints to Sabine calling upon the Force came in two separate moments. The first was in Ahsoka episode 4 when Sabine used the Force to ever so slightly push Shin Hati backwards during a fight. The second came during Ahsoka episode 7 when the titular character reached out through the Force to connect with Sabine. The latter heard her Master’s call which opened up the possibility that her training was finally coming to fruition.
Ahsoka episode 8 provided this moment when Sabine finally called upon the Force to full effect. When being strangled by one of Thrawn’s reanimated night troopers, Sabine spotted her lightsaber out of reach. In a last-ditch attempt, Sabine utilized the Force to pull her lightsaber towards her and dispatch the villainous trooper. This went one step further when Sabine later used the Force to push Ezra Bridger onto the ship of Grand Admiral Thrawn in a display of remarkable power considering Ahsoka episode 8 was the first time Sabine’s connection to the Force was truly established.
Why Did Sabine Need To “Unlock” The Force?
The long journey of Sabine unlocking the Force throughout Ahsoka begs the question of why this was necessary when other Jedi have shown relative ease in connecting to the mysterious energy field of Star Wars. Admittedly, the answer to this question is left frustratingly unexplored by Ahsoka episode 8’s ending, though wider Star Wars stories could provide hints as to why this was the case. For one, Sabine was raised as a Mandalorian. Mandalorians are often very single-minded, stubborn, and headstrong meaning Sabine may have been less inclined to open up to the Force.
Another possibility is that more people across the galaxy are simply waiting for the Force to awaken within them. This was shown to happen in the Star Wars sequel trilogy with Rey’s Force connection suddenly awakening during the aptly titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As such, Sabine could simply be one person in a long line of unknown potential Jedi who are awaiting specific conditions to awaken their abilities.
How Powerful A Jedi Will Sabine Become?
Sabine finally unlocking the Force in Ahsoka episode 8 begs the question of how powerful a Jedi she will become. Considering she is being trained by Ahsoka, the answer is likely that she will become quite powerful if she survives long enough to complete her training. Ahsoka comes from a long line of powerful Jedi stemming back to Grand Master Yoda. Furthermore, Ahsoka herself learned from the Chosen One of the Force, Anakin Skywalker, whose Midi-chlorian count surpassed that of Yoda’s.
This means that Sabine’s legacy is one of immensely powerful Force users. While Sabine has no blood connection to these characters meaning their aptitude for the Force cannot be hereditary for her, she is still being provided with lessons taught to the more powerful Jedi of the prequel era. This could mean that Sabine becomes one of the more powerful Jedi of the New Republic era after Ahsoka, though likely not on the same level as the titular Jedi herself or other powerful Force users like Luke Skywalker and Ezra Bridger.
All episodes of Ahsoka are now streaming on Disney+.