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Big Revelations Last Night Convinced a Lot of People to Catch Up on Star Wars Rebels

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Ok, I’ll be honest. I’m one of them. [Spoilers for the Season 1 finale of Star Wars Rebels ahead.]

I was one of those people who didn’t get into Star Wars: The Clone Wars until it was almost over so I guess I’m just a slacker. But I’m quickly learning I should get on the Star Wars Rebels train sooner rather than later when I found out the big reveal.

Ahsoka lives!

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The Disney XD series revealed a mysterious informant known as Fulcrum was actually Ahsoka Tano, past apprentice to Anakin Skywalker who was last seen leaving the Jedi order in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And oh my god, she’s like 30 years old now.

Ashley Eckstein, Her Universe founder and voice of Ahsoka told USA Today, “I feel like I was a completely different person when Clone Wars started to where I am now. Oddly enough, even though the stories happen in a galaxy far, far away, a lot of the same life lessons and stories that have happened to Ahsoka have even happened to me personally.”

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USA Today writes:

When Clone Wars ended last year, [Producer Dave] Filoni still had 12 episodes of stories that explored Ahsoka’s history and what happened to her after leaving the Jedi order when she was around age 16 — many of them were worked on with George Lucas while he was still heavily involved in the Star Wars universe.

There was a timeline set up for her all the way up to “Order 66,” the Emperor’s command to wipe out all the Jedi in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith movie. In crafting her appearance in Rebels, which takes place 14 years after the last prequel film and five years before the original 1977 Star Wars, executive producer Greg Weisman had an idea for her as a go-between in the nascent years of the Rebel Alliance for missions to undermine the Empire.

Filoni also told them there’s definitely more to come for the character, who sports new facial markings because of her age as well as new lightsabers, but that “She needs to remain kind of a mysterious figure who is woven in and out of the story.”

Eckstein’s Her Universe has also debuted a new Ahsoka t-shirt on the site, “Visions of Ahsoka.”

AhsokaTeeHerUniverseEckstein also told USA Today, “I look up to Ahsoka… She has such a great moral compass and I look forward to seeing where life takes her because I don’t think it’s ever going to be a boring story.”

What did you think of the reveal? If you haven’t been watching, will you try and catch up now?

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."