‘Ahsoka’ Finale Episode 8 Recap & Ending, Explained: Did Sabine, Ahsoka, & Ezra Stop Thrawn?


In last week’s episode of Ahsoka, Hera failed to convince the New Republic that Thrawn was a real threat and that he was coming out of exile to do something evil. Ahsoka and Huyang reached Peridea and spent a lot of time avoiding Thrawn’s forces and traps until she got a lock on Sabine’s location. Baylan, along with Shin, and the mercenaries went after Ezra, Sabine, and the Noti tribe. But when the time came to engage them, Baylan Skoll hung back until Ahsoka arrived so that he could fight her. Of course, the villains scampered away by the end, and Ezra, Sabine, and Ahsoka hugged each other. Thrawn pointed out that Baylan didn’t take part in the fight and then talked about the larger plan, i.e., distracting the heroes from the cargo that was about to be shipped out of there. The last episode of the Star Wars miniseries is centered around yet another “battle” between good and evil. Let’s see how that goes.

Spoiler Alert

The T-6 1974 Gets Totaled

Episode 8 of Ahsoka opens with Morgan, Elsbeth, and Enoch informing Thrawn that the cargo transfer has been completed, which is something that we knew about already. Thrawn tells Enoch to bring the Eye of Sion so that they can get the hell out of Peridea. He also instructs him to dispatch two TIE fighters, which will kill Ahsoka, Sabine, and Ezra as soon as they spot them, because Thrawn doesn’t want to take any chances. Then, as a sign of Thrawn and the Dathomir Witches’ gratitude to Elsbeth for everything that she has done, they turn her into a witch as well and conjure a sword for her. It’s called the blade of Talzin. Apparently, it was last seen when the aforementioned Nightsister battled Mace Windu in Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Ezra builds his lightsaber. Huyang talks about training Kanan Jarrus. Sabine listens to them geeking out about the whole concept of the Master and the Apprentice and wonders if she is ever going to have that kind of relationship with Ahsoka. So, she exits the conversation. Ezra asks what’s going on between Ahsoka and Sabine, and Huyang reminds him about the Siege of Mandalore and how the history between the two characters isn’t allowing them to become a unit. Ahsoka, though, dispels any doubts that Sabine has and says that she’ll be by her side every step of the way. They start talking about lightsabers, and then Ezra comes out to show his lightsaber (it’s not an inappropriate metaphor). But that’s when the TIE fighters find them and try to kill them. Of course, the heroes manage to destroy them. However, in the process, the T-6 1974 gets severely damaged. Ezra points out that it’s going to slow them down, and Ahsoka says that this will slow them down only if they let it. Those are very wise words. Exquisite writing.

Ezra boards Thrawn’s ship, and Sabine helps Ahsoka fight Elsbeth.

Enoch informs Thrawn about the destruction of the TIE fighters, and his reaction to that is basically, “That’s alright.” Thrawn takes a look at the location where the TIE fighters went down and says that they need to do a ground assault. I am no genius, but if the heroes have lost the one thing that’ll give them equal footing in an aerial battle, wouldn’t it be smarter to blow them to the ground from the air? The cargo transfer is complete. So, what’s stopping them from going airborne? We see Huyang and the Noti people working on the T-6, which kind of proves my point. But, hey, when the plot armor is strong, logic can take a bit of a backseat, am I right? Anyway, the heroes ride in the villains’ general direction on those big hyena-dog things. Elsbeth prepares a team that’s ready to sacrifice themselves to kill Ezra, Sabine, and Ahsoka.

The trio finds the place where Thrawn’s Star Destroyer is located. Ezra says that he knew that Thrawn was there all this time, and he had woken up the Nighsisters to do his bidding. But he didn’t plan an assault because he didn’t have the numbers. So, he just roamed around the planet with the Noti while Thrawn moved forward with his attempt at, I don’t know, intergalactic domination? Well, what’s done is done, and the heroes charge toward the villains while avoiding literal hellfire. Yes, those shots don’t even graze them, and they just waltz into the palace that’s connected to the Star Destroyer. The heroes fight the Night Troopers. The Night Troopers die at one point, and then they are all resurrected like zombies, which is probably the only cool thing that Ahsoka has done throughout the entirety of the miniseries. Sadly, it only lasts for a few minutes. Thrawn boards his ship and begins his departure. Elsbeth, two Shadow Troopers and a few other Night Troopers hang back to take care of Ahsoka, Ezra, and Sabine. They all fight for a bit, and then Sabine launches Ezra into Thrawn’s ship. Ahsoka kills Elsbeth, and Sabine takes care of some of the Night Troopers. When Sabine and Ahsoka realize that they can just get out of there, they scurry off.

Did Sabine, Ahsoka, and Ezra stop Thrawn?

Huyang picks up Ahsoka and Sabine, and they start to make their way towards Thrawn’s ship. What happens to those Night Troopers? Thrawn shoots in the T-6’s general direction and decimates the temple-like place they are standing on. Before leaving Peridea, Thrawn has a conversation with Ahsoka, where he basically injects doubt into her mind about her ability to become a true Master because she’s ultimately Darth Vader’s apprentice. On that note, Thrawn goes into Hyperspace towork on the next steps of his plan. Ahsoka, Sabine, and Huyang try to do something with the controls of their ship, but we all know that it’s not capable of the kind of interstellar travel that the Eye of Sion pulls off. Maybe they tried to get an idea of where Thrawn is going? Well, that doesn’t work, so good job on silently pushing a bunch of buttons, I guess.

At the end of Ahsoka, or, as I like to call it, the greatest miniseries of all time, the titular character, Sabine and Huyang, reunite with the Noti tribe. Ahsoka spots a Convor before it flies away into the distance. Shin Hati joins the local bandits. Baylan Skoll stands atop a Lord of the Rings-esque statue. I want to inform you that the actor playing Baylan, i.e., Ray Stevenson, has passed away. So, unless Disney and Lucasfilm recast the character or, worse, resurrect him via CGI and VFX, this is the last that we’ll be seeing of Baylan. Make of that what you will. Thrawn reaches Dathomir. He and the Nightsisters silently stare off into the distance, and we get a shot of the mysterious cargo. Even if you put a blaster in my head and tell me to explain what that can mean, I can’t, because the great Dave Filoni purposefully wants to be vague. So, your guess is as good as mine. If you think they are going to partake in more witchcraft, it’ll be the right answer. If you think they are going to party on Dathomir, that’ll be the right answer. Until Thrawn shows up again, all your speculations are correct and wrong at the same time. Ezra reunites with Chopper and Hera. How did he get out of Thrawn’s ship, access a shuttle, and jet out totally undetected? Well, going by his Night Trooper suit, he pretended to be one and just left. That sounds convenient. Ahsoka, Sabine, and Huyang settle down in Peridea while Anakin’s ghost looks at them. I’m guessing that the miniseries is hinting that they are about to start their Jedi training properly this time.

Final Thoughts

I can say that these were seven of the most awful weeks of my life in order to get a reaction. But, by doing so, I’ll be giving too much credit to Ahsoka and the work done by Dave Filoni and his team. I’m going to forget about it by the time I get to the next week because the miniseries didn’t have anything synonymous with the word “memorable.” The cinematography was flat throughout its 8-episode run. The fight sequences were stiff and awkward. The characters were so hollow, and their missions were so pointless. The music was bland. Those contact lenses were horrifying. Everything from the costume design to the set design had a plastic feel to it. The world didn’t feel lived-in like Star Wars once did. There wasn’t a singular line of dialogue that elicited any form of emotion. It’s actually impressive that they achieved nothing while doing so many things. All that said, what you have just read is my opinion of Ahsoka. Please feel free to watch the miniseries on Disney+ Hotstar, form your own opinion, and then share your thoughts with us.

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