In episode 7 of “Ahsoka,” Ezra Bridger intriguingly opts not to use a lightsaber while fending off bandits, despite Sabine Wren’s insistence. This refusal signifies a deeper shift in his character. During his exile on Peridea, it’s likely Ezra has continued to combat Thrawn, possibly even taking out some of his Night Troopers. This suggests he’s learned to fight without relying on a weapon.
Though he declines to take back his old lightsaber from Sabine, Ezra proves adept at handling Peridea bandits, Thrawn’s Night Troopers, and even Shin Hati. He’s developed a unique form of combat, blending hand-to-hand fighting with well-timed Force pushes. He tells Sabine, “the Force is my ally. That’s all I need,” echoing Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One who says, “I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.” Ezra’s newfound confidence in fighting without a lightsaber is grounded in practical reasons.
Surprisingly, in their current circumstances, Sabine is actually more proficient with a lightsaber than Ezra, and he recognizes this. “Ahsoka” takes place after The Mandalorian season 3, meaning at least nine years have passed since Ezra last wielded a lightsaber. He trusts Sabine’s skills and also puts faith in Ahsoka’s choice of her as a Padawan.
Another reason Ezra refuses to reclaim his lightsaber is because he initially gave it to Sabine during the Battle of Lothal. Over the years, Sabine has customized the saber to suit her own style, making it more hers than Ezra’s. She’s owned it for much longer than he did, solidifying Ezra’s belief that it’s now her weapon.
While it’s possible Dave Filoni may have a significant moment planned for Ezra regarding his lightsaber, for now, Ezra seems content to fight in his own unique style. His exile may have instilled in him an unshakable trust in the Force, considering it was his primary tool against Thrawn. The finale of Ahsoka will reveal whether Ezra’s stance on using a lightsaber changes.