Ahsoka season 2 must address one major inconsistency with Ahsoka Tano’s character that was introduced in season 1. Ahsoka proved to be one of Star Wars’ best TV shows in its debut season, seemingly confirmed by the show’s upcoming second installment. Updates on Ahsoka season 2 remain ongoing, but the show will no doubt pick up where the Ahsoka season 1 finale left off, with Ahsoka and her Padawan Sabine Wren trapped on Peridea while Ezra Bridger and Imperial villain Thrawn return to the main Star Wars galaxy.

Ahsoka’s Stance on Attachments

In the debut season, Ahsoka Tano was shown to have a different stance on Jedi rules about attachments, particularly when it came to her acceptance of training a Padawan with attachments. Ahsoka quickly changed her view, which contradicts her previous beliefs.

Rosario Dawson made her debut as the live-action Ahsoka in The Mandalorian and returned in The Book of Boba Fett. Both shows are set before Ahsoka and have a very different focus. In each, Ahsoka acts as a type of intermediary between Luke Skywalker and Din Djarin after Luke takes Grogu to train him as a Jedi in The Mandalorian season 2 ending. Part of that role, however, includes upholding the archaic Jedi rule against attachments.

Throughout the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the Jedi Council makes known their concerns about attachments. In fact, from the moment young Anakin Skywalker arrives on Coruscant, the Jedi are suspicious and withdrawn, worried that Anakin’s nine years with his mother will mean dangerous attachment that could tempt him to the dark side of the Force. While the rule about Jedi not being allowed to form or keep attachments extends beyond and predates Anakin, it became a focus of the Jedi pertaining to him.

Perpetuating this rule, despite some of its flaws exhibited throughout the prequels, Luke and Ahsoka come to the mutual understanding that Grogu cannot remain attached to Din Djarin and train as a Jedi at Luke’s Temple. Ultimately, Luke forces Grogu to pick between the path of a Jedi and a life with Din Djarin. Ahsoka, despite seeing the pitfalls such rigid rules against attachments can bring about, was in full support of this decision by Luke. In fact, she had already scared Din Djarin off, not permitting him to see Grogu lest he distract him.

Ahsoka Chose To Train Sabine, Who Had A Number Of Attachments

Although Ahsoka was dedicated to maintaining this Jedi rule throughout The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, by Ahsoka, she seems to have changed her tune without any explanation. In fact, this change of heart happened well before Ahsoka, pushing it even further into the Mandalorian timeline, only making things more confusing. Ahsoka, by taking Sabine Wren on as her Padawan, completely abandoned the resolute reservations about attachments she had so blatantly had in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

Sabine Wren, arguably even more than Grogu, had significant attachments. Despite more than a decade passing since Star Wars Rebels when Ezra Bridger disappeared, the start of Ahsoka reveals that she never gave up her desperate search for him. Rather, she is obsessed with finding him, so much so that it comes up multiple times in the first episode, culminating in Ahsoka discovering that Sabine keeps the holo message from Ezra asking her to find him readily available to her. Moreover, Sabine had considerable time to form attachments, coming to see the Rebels Ghost crew as family.

This decision to take Sabine Wren on as a Padawan in spite of her clear attachments and tumultuous feelings completely undercuts Ahsoka’s position on attachments in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. Moreover, it makes her choices downright confusing. It isn’t clarified when or why she had such a sudden change in perspective and, if anything, it makes her character seem contradictory.

Ahsoka Had Good Reason To Fear Attachments… So Why Change Her Mind?

One of the most confusing aspects of Ahsoka’s rapid change of heart about attachments is the fact that she had a very good reason for standing by the Jedi Council’s rule. Although the Council was legitimately flawed, casting Anakin off and treating him as a threat rather than welcoming and training him, Anakin did prove their point about how attachments can turn someone to the dark side. Because Anakin suffered so greatly from the loss of his mother in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, he became obsessed with keeping Padmé, his wife, alive.

Ultimately, the intensity of his fear of loss led Anakin to become willing to jeopardize everything in an effort to save her, including his dedication to the light side of the Force. Ahsoka knew perhaps better than anyone the extent to which Anakin and Padmé had formed a significant attachment. While Obi-Wan Kenobi had his suspicions that the two were romantically linked, Ahsoka had witnessed moments that could be explained by nothing other than romantic attraction.

Ahsoka was also well aware of what happened to Anakin following her encounters with Darth Vader in Rebels. As an insightful character, Ahsoka could surely connect the two points and form an understanding that, at least in part, Anakin’s attachments led to his downfall. It is therefore bewildering that Ahsoka would take a risk not only for Sabine but also for herself and the larger galaxy by training Sabine as a Jedi despite her attachments. She knew firsthand what such an obsession could do, which is why she supported Grogu facing an ultimatum, yet she accepted Sabine as her Padawan.

Ahsoka season 1 sadly gave no explanation for why this change had happened so suddenly, which seems like a glaring oversight. Now, to avoid furthering this confusing plotline for Ahsoka, Ahsoka season 2 must address the contradiction and reveal what changed in Ahsoka’s perception of attachments (or, at least, what was unique about Sabine). While story details about Ahsoka season 2 are still under wraps, hopefully, the show’s new episodes will resolve this one significant inconsistency in Ahsoka Tano’s character.