The live-action Ahsoka TV show premiered on Tuesday, August 22, on Disney+. In the two-episode opener, Ahsoka continued her quest to find Grand Admiral Thrawn. And, by extension, Ezra Bridger. But a question that immediately came to mind is — when does this all take place?

The last we saw of Rosario Dawson’s take on the iconic character, she was invading two other Star Wars shows — The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. In the former, she was going after Morgan Elsbeth, an ally and confident of the grand admiral. In the latter, she was hanging out with Luke Skywalker and declining to take Grogu off of Din Djarin’s hands. But in her own show, she’s back on the trail. This time with a familiar cast of characters. And, presumably, carrying on in the same timeline.

Ahsoka in the Star Wars Timeline

Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

We know The Mandalorian began around five years after the Battle of Endor. The Book of Boba Fett is a bit more elusive to place — especially with the flashbacks — but the scenes with Ahsoka align with the gap between seasons two and three of The Mandalorian. Therefore, the Ahsoka TV show takes place roughly five years after Return of the Jedi.

This is quite the gap from the last time we saw Ahsoka (before her live-action appearances). In the Rebels season four epilogue, she was preparing her quest to find Ezra. Going off into the unknown with Sabine Wren, the two began their adventuring before the Battle of Yavin — during the events of A New Hope. That was four years before the Battle of Endor. Nearly a decade before the current events!

Thus, it makes sense that Ahsoka and Sabine would have an intricate backstory. That Hera Syndulla and her droid Chopper would be off doing other things. And why Zeb Orrelios wasn’t even introduced. Because it’s been a while.

The first two episodes in Ahsoka didn’t feature any flashbacks, but the casting for the show indicates there will be. Most likely to the Clone Wars era. But it’s also possible we may see a return to the Rebels timeline or perhaps some important points in the last decade. After all, a great many things happened during that span. The fall of an Empire, the rise of a Jedi. Events that naturally prompt leading questions, such as: Where was Ahsoka? Why wasn’t she around? And can her absence be reasonably explained?

This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the TV series being covered here wouldn’t exist.

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