7 Biggest Spoilers & Ending Explained

This article contains spoilers for Ahsoka episode 5.

Ahsoka episode 5’s ending launched the latest Disney+ TV show on a trip to a galaxy even further away – and here’s that epic ending explained in full. The New Republic believe the threat of the Empire to be over, ignorant of a rising threat. In Ahsoka episode 4, Morgan Elsbeth succeeded in acquiring the coordinates that would lead her to Grand Admiral Thrawn, the lost Imperial warlord who could yet overthrow the Republic. Her agents Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati left Ahsoka Tano for dead.

Ahsoka episode 5 is the epic continuation of this story, and it pivots away from the main narrative for something of a character study. It’s actually unclear whether anything that happened here is “real” or simply in Ahsoka’s head, as she clings to life (although the two options may not be mutually exclusive). Whatever the case, though, this near-death experience promises to transform Ahsoka forever. Here are the 7 biggest spoilers and a full explanation of Ahsoka episode 5’s ending.

7 Princess Leia Is Running Interference For General Syndulla

Leia Return of the Jedi

Leia Organa has always had good relations with Hera Syndulla; she visited Hera’s rebel cell on Lothal on several occasions in Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, meaning she considers them friends. Hera and Leia both served as leaders in the Rebel Alliance, and both participated in the Battle of Endor. It seems Leia is still a good friend to Hera, because Carson Teva reveals Senator Organa is running interference for her.

At first glance, this seems like nothing more than a Star Wars Easter egg. It may serve to be far more significant, though, because it establishes Leia as part of the loose circle of rebels still working against the resurgent Empire. Given the episode ends with Hera heading back to Coruscant, it’s reasonable to assume Leia will offer her support. It’s possible Lucasfilm has cast an actress as a younger Leia Organa.

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6 Jacen Syndulla Possesses The Force

Jacen Syndulla in Ahsoka.

Ahsoka episode 5 confirms what had been strongly implied by Star Wars Rebels‘ epilogue and a single line of dialogue in the previous episode; Jacen Syndulla does indeed have Force-derived abilities. He has inherited his Force potential from his human father, Kanan Jarrus, Hera’s lover during the Dark Times of the Empire’s reign. Kanan never lived to see the Empire fall – he died even before the Battle of Yavin – but he nevertheless has a legacy in Jacen. Ahsoka would have died if not for Jacen’s sensitivity.

5 Ahsoka Experiences Key Moments From The Clone Wars Again

Anakin during Clone Wars Ahsoka Episode 5

Ahsoka was almost killed by Baylan Skoll, and finds herself in a mysterious realm known as the World Between Worlds. This transcends time and space, and has previously been used as something akin to time travel in Star Wars. More recent tie-ins have consistently identified it as a netherworld of the Force, a term traditionally used to describe an afterlife in Star Wars. Ahsoka episode 5 appears to be following that approach, with Ahsoka confronting what seems to be Anakin Skywalker’s Force ghost and learning one final lesson. She revisits key moments of the Clone Wars, remembering all the wars she fought in, and Anakin reminds her she was trained to be a warrior.

4 Ahsoka Chooses Not To Just Be The Warrior Anakin Trained Her To Be

Anakin with Red Lightsaber in Ahsoka Episode 5 Image

Ahsoka episode 5 ultimately sees its heroine recognize that she is more than just a warrior. The way of the warrior would lead to darkness, signified by a momentary red in Ahsoka’s eyes as she is tempted, but she instead chooses to let the blade go. She has learned Anakin Skywalker’s final lesson; that he taught her how to fight, but that she must be more if she is to truly live. It’s a beautiful moment, evocative of Yoda’s lesson to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. “Wars do not make one great,” Yoda insisted. Ahsoka now learns the truth of this.

3 Ahsoka’s Costume Change Signifies Her Transformation Into Ahsoka The White

Ahsoka in her new white costume in Ahsoka episode 5

In the aftermath of her mysterious mystical experience, Ahsoka Tano transforms into Ahsoka the White. The new costume signifies a new stage in her life, with the color indicating her allegiance to the light side of the Force – and possibly deeper, to a cosmic being of white light known as the Daughter who saved Ahsoka’s life many years ago. The Ahsoka the White transformation is clearly inspired by the character of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, with a similar near-death leaving him in white.

Ahsoka’s transformation was set up in Star Wars Rebels‘ epilogue, but it’s actually been retconned a little. There, Ahsoka was wearing white when she first went to meet Sabine on Lothal and suggest heading out on a mission to find Ezra Bridger. The transformation doesn’t seem to be complete, because the Ahsoka seen in Star Wars Rebels didn’t seem to carry lightsabers at all – instead using a staff of some kind.

2 Ahsoka Hitches A Ride To Another Galaxy By Purrgil

Ahsoka Tano and a purrgil in Ahsoka.

The star map showing the Pathway to Peridea has been destroyed, but Ahsoka realizes there’s another way to get there. This star map was created by studying the ancient migration patterns of purrgil, Star Wars‘ space whales, and she uses the Force to bond with one of the creatures – asking it to take her there. It’s an intriguing scene, raising the possibility the first extragalactic travelers were Force-sensitives who performed a similar feat. The purrgil seem to possess even more power than the hyperspace engines on the Eye of Sion, so it’s even possible Ahsoka will beat Morgan Elsbeth there.

1 Hera Is Headed Back To Coruscant To Face The Senate

Hera Syndulla in Ahsoka.

Ahsoka leaves her friend Hera Syndulla in a tough spot, however. According to Mon Mothma, the Senate Committee required Ahsoka Tano as a witness to testify to Hera’s actions. If the Senate Oversight Committee judge against Hera, she could well be stripped of her rank. The Mandalorian season 3 confirmed there are high-level Imperial agents operating on Coruscant, so it’s quite possible they are attempting to run interference for Morgan Elsbeth – and thus that the demand for Ahsoka’s return was far from innocent. If this is the case, then Ahsoka‘s remaining episodes could potentially feature a Coruscant subplot in which Hera struggles to deal with Imperial spies – perhaps even the popular agent Elia Kane from The Mandalorian season 3.

Ahsoka releases new episodes Tuesdays at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on Disney+.