It's finally here! Ahsoka has hit our screens and re-introduced us to so many of our favourite characters.
Indeed, the hotly anticipated show essentially acts as a sequel to Star Wars: Rebels, reuniting almost the entire crew of the Ghost, including pilot Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Mandalorian Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo).
It's surprising that the latter is only now making her debut, given how Dave Filoni's Star Wars projects have focused primarily on Mandalorian history and culture in recent years.
Sabine Wren has a big role to play there as the person responsible for swiping the Darksaber out of evil hands and entrusting it instead to the noble Bo-Katan Kryze. Plus, she's got a pretty important job in episodes 1 and 2 of Ahsoka.
Here's everything you need to know about Sabine Wren ahead of her live-action debut in Ahsoka.
Who is Sabine Wren? Ahsoka rebel explained
Sabine Wren is a rebel from the planet Mandalore, who joined the fight against the Empire in the hopes of liberating her oppressed people.
In her youth, she was an idealistic imperial cadet and used her technological know-how to invent a weapon capable of incinerating Mandalorian armour – and the wearer beneath it.
She did not realise that the Empire would apprehend that technology and use it to further subjugate the citizens of her planet, leaving her wracked with guilt.
Sabine deserted the regime along with her friend, Ketsu Onyo, and briefly became a bounty hunter before being recruited to the ragtag team of rebels led by Jedi Kanan Jarrus.
During a stop on the planet Dathomir, Sabine discovered the sacred weapon of her people – the Darksaber – which had been lost during the tumultuous period when Darth Maul seized the throne of Mandalore.
She retrieves the weapon and ultimately gets it in the hands of Bo-Katan Kryze, who is seen as the right choice to unite the fractured and feuding Mandalorian tribes.
Those events have since been followed up in The Mandalorian seasons 2 and 3.
Sabine's focus in Ahsoka is expected to be finding her lost friend Ezra Bridger, who has not been seen following the liberation of Lothal, when he disappeared into hyperspace aboard Thrawn's ship in an effort to defeat the dastardly villain.
With Thrawn now re-emerging as a threat to the galaxy, there is hope that Ezra also survived the trip.
Who is Sabine Wren to Ahsoka Tano?
It becomes clear in the new series that Sabine started her Jedi training under Ahsoka... but something went wrong. We're not given the ins and outs of the fallout, but when we first meet them in the show, things are frosty between them - to say the least.
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During a conversation with Hera after Sabine was wounded by a lightsaber (but thankfully survived), it's referenced that the pair of them were "difficult" and that's why their relationship worked. Sabrine responds: "Until it didn't."
Hera attempts to convince Sabine to become Ahsoka's Padawan once again, but Sabine is convinced Ahsoka doesn't want her back, reasoning that she walked away from her. Hera's not too sure, though.
Sure enough, at the end of episode 2, it becomes clear that Sabine is ready to continue her training, with Ahsoka referring to her as "Padawan".
Is Sabine Wren force-sensitive?
Despite her Jedi training, it's thought that Sabine isn't force-sensitive. She addresses this in episode 2 of Ahsoka, telling the droid Huyang (played by David Tennant): "I never had the talent, the abilities."
Huyang helpfully replies: "That much is true. I have known many Padawans over the centuries and I can safely say your aptitude for the force would fall short of them all."
Ahsoka is available to stream on Disney Plus from Wednesday 23rd August 2023. Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 for a year.
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