By George Bate & Josh Reilly B.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ahsoka – Part Four
Ahsoka hits the halfway point of the season with “Part Four: Fallen Jedi.” Check out all of the easter eggs, references, and trivia facts we noticed from the episode below:
Part Four is directed by Peter Ramsay, who co-directed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and directed Chapter 21: The Pirate of The Mandalorian Season 3.
Sabine uses the codename Fulcrum to address her and Ahsoka when asking for help. Fulcrum is a title used by various Rebels over the years, including Ahsoka, Kallus, Saw Gerrera, and Cassian Andor.
Ahsoka mentions to Sabine at the beginning of the episode that Thrawn’s return would mean the arrival of the “heir to the empire.” This is a very direct reference to the novel Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, which introduced the character Thrawn and serves as a major inspiration for the events in Ahsoka and other Star Wars shows from Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.
Hera Syndulla boards the Ghost with Chopper and her son Jacen. The Ghost is the main ship flown by Hera, Kanan, Zeb, Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper in Star Wars Rebels. The framing of the interior cockpit resembles one of the final shots of Star Wars Rebels seen below.
Hera Syndulla recruits various X-Wing fighters to help her rescue Ahsoka and Sabine. One of these X-Wing fighters is Carson Teva. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee first played Teva in The Mandalorian Season 2 and The Book of Boba Fett before playing a more sizable role in The Mandalorian Season 3. Check out our Exclusive Interview with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee here.
Carson Teva addresses Hera as Phoenix Leader. This call sign is a reference to Phoenix Squadron, which was an elite group of rebels led by Commander Jun Sato in Star Wars Rebels.
Also among Hera’s squad of X-Wings is Lieutenant Lander, played by Brendan Wayne. Wayne is one of the actors who plays Din Djarin in The Mandalorian. Check out our Exclusive Interview with Brendan Wayne here.
When Ahsoka kills Marrok, the villainous character decomposes into a mass of green smoke. This likely indicates that Marrok was brought back to life by Morgan Elsbeth using Magick she learned as a Nightsister of Dathomir.
It is revealed that Sabine’s family died during the Night of a Thousand Tears, also known as the Purge of Mandalore. The purge is discussed frequently in The Mandalorian and was briefly shown in The Book of Boba Fett. Sabine’s family, including her father Alrich, mother Ursa, and brother Tristan are seen extensively in Star Wars Rebels.
Baylan Skoll recounts that he knew of Anakin Skywalker while they were both part of the Jedi Order. Maybe the two will be seen together in a future Star Wars story…?
Morgan Elsbeth’s droid refers to the location Baylan and Ahsoka are dueling at as “the henge.” This area resembles the real life Stonehenge, a historical landmark in Wiltshire, England.
Shin Hati uses a Force choke to restrain Sabine. This classic move dates back to Darth Vader in the original Star Wars.
After falling off the cliff, Ahsoka awakens to find herself in the World Between Worlds. This mysterious plane that exists independent of time and space was introduced in Star Wars Rebels and is the closest thing Star Wars has gotten to time travel. Previously, Ezra Bridger entered the World Between Worlds and saved Ahsoka from Darth Vader.
Part Four’s jaw-dropping moment came with the appearance of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. Christensen is wearing the same outfit he wore in Revenge of the Sith as he speaks with Ahsoka in the World Between Worlds.
The framing of the Anakin reveal parallels similar shots of Ahsoka and Anakin from The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Anakin addresses Ahsoka as “snips,” which he did regularly in the earlier episodes of The Clone Wars.
Hauntingly, the episode concludes with a fade to black and the ominous Darth Vader theme playing. What this hints at remains a mystery. Anakin as a Force Ghost is supposed to have been redeemed, but the inclusion of Darth Vader’s theme here suggests something is afoot.