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The newest Ahsoka reintroduces some familiar Star Wars faces

In the latest episode of Ahsoka, some familiar characters make their return to the expansive Star Wars universe.

The third installment of the live-action Star Wars series premiered on Disney+ on August 29, continuing the journey of Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) as they persist in their quest to locate the missing Grand Admiral Thrawn. The episode primarily revolves around Ahsoka’s efforts to train Sabine in the ways of the Force. Simultaneously, General Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) battles to persuade her superiors in the New Republic to provide assistance in their pursuit of Thrawn.

One of these influential figures is Chancellor Mon Mothma, portrayed once again by Genevieve O’Reilly. Mothma holds significant importance in the Star Wars saga, rising from a senator to become a leader of the Rebel Alliance. (The role was initially played by Caroline Blakiston in 1983’s Return of the Jedi.) O’Reilly has portrayed Mothma in multiple works, including Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One, Andor, and the animated Rebels. In Ahsoka, Mothma appears as the chancellor of the New Republic, showcasing her evolution over time. Her appearance in this episode highlights her longstanding connection with Hera. However, despite her allegiance to the rebel general, Mothma’s efforts are thwarted by fellow senators who decline to support Hera’s mission to find Thrawn.

Fortunately, Hera finds an ally in her young son, Jacen, making his live-action debut in this episode. Jacen is the child of Hera and her late husband Kanan Jarrus (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. in Rebels). Born after Kanan’s passing, Jacen is a blend of his Twi’lek mother and human father, sporting distinctive green hair. He aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Jedi. Jacen’s character first appeared in the finale of Rebels and is portrayed by actor Evan Whitten, known for his role in Mr. Robot.

In an interview conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Winstead shared her perspective on Hera’s character and her relationship with Jacen. She emphasized Hera’s unique blend of strength, leadership, and maternal nurturing, which is a rare portrayal on screen. Hera’s desire to protect her crew and push them to greatness exemplifies her multifaceted personality.

The episode explores these complex dynamics while bringing together familiar faces to enrich the Star Wars narrative.

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