Star Wars Reveals How Anakin Helped Ahsoka Survive Order 66
Warning! This article contains spoilers for Tales of the Jedi episode 5.Tales of the Jedi has retroactively supplied more content about The Clone Wars season 7, by revealing that Ahsoka’s master, Anakin Skywalker, unknowingly helped her survive the Clone attack of Order 66. Tales of the Jedi is a collection of six animated shorts set in the Star Wars universe, with three focusing on Count Dooku and the other three on Ahsoka Tano. One of these Ahsoka-centric episodes helps flesh out more details about her relationship with Anakin, her intense Jedi training, and how both of those aspects helped her survive a crucial traumatic moment in her life.
As shown with Ahsoka in The Clone Wars season 7’s Siege of Mandalore arc, she was attacked by her closest friends during Order 66, only surviving through intense firefights with her wit, skill, help from Rex, and an uneasy alliance with Darth Maul. However, Tales of the Jedi has established that it was Anakin’s intense training of Ahsoka, and his dislike of the Jedi Order’s inadequate training methods, that greatly helped Ahsoka survive the Clone attack. Rather than have Ahsoka train against unreliably programmed droids as the Jedi would have her doing, Anakin instead pitted her against thinking, living beings in the Clones, stating that it requires much more skill to fend off actual beings than training droids. This unwittingly helped Ahsoka know the Clones’ tactics and attack plans for Order 66, resulting in her survival as Rex even states in a new scene from The Clone Wars’ finale: « Let’s hope all that training pays off. »
On top of Ahsoka’s survival of Order 66 thanks to Anakin’s intense training, Tales of the Jedi provides an insight into how this training regiment made Ahsoka one of the strongest Jedi by the end of the Clone Wars. Ahsoka managed to face down her entire Clone force, save Rex from the inhibitor chip causing him to attack her, and escape relatively unharmed all without taking any of the Clones’ lives. Aside from this though, Ahsoka also managed to defeat Maul in single combat during the Siege of Mandalore. Maul is known as one of Star Wars’ most skilled lightsaber combatants, and Ahsoka dispatched him in a fantastic duel in The Clone Wars season 7, which is a feat that not even Qui-Gon Jinn, one of the best Jedi, could accomplish in The Phantom Menace.
Also, the final episode of Tales of the Jedi showcases Ahsoka’s confrontation with an Inquisitor set shortly after Order 66. Ahsoka is in hiding on a farm, trying to live out a normal life away from the Empire, the Rebellion, and war. However, one of the townspeople turns Ahsoka in, causing an Inquisitor to come looking for her. After a brief standoff, Ahsoka dispatches the Inquisitor with ease, without even a weapon of her own, by disarming the Jedi hunter and killing him with his own lightsaber in just a few quick moves. All of this just goes to show how Anakin, with his intense and unconventional training methods, created one of the strongest Jedi in Ahsoka.
That being said, there was one obstacle in Star Wars that Ahsoka could not overcome: Darth Vader himself. In the Star Wars: Rebels season 2 finale, Ahsoka and her former master have an intense, emotionally charged scene before engaging in a long-awaited duel. Ahsoka, due to her prior emotional attachment to Anakin and Vader’s prowess on the battlefield, has to be saved by Ezra Bridger. This loss is tragically foreshadowed in Tales of the Jedi episode 5 when Anakin himself states that Ahsoka will be ready for anything on the battlefield thanks to his training, or at least anything with a blaster. Anakin says this while handing Ahsoka’s lightsaber back to her, foreshadowing his future self attempting to strike her down. This is just another way Tales of the Jedi builds on the fantastic relationship between Ahsoka and Anakin, all while providing crucial context to massive Star Wars events like Order 66, and Ahsoka and Vader’s climactic confrontation in Star Wars: Rebels.