Will the Malachor confrontation be featured in “Ahsoka”? Fans of Star Wars have already been treated to some thrilling moments in the Disney Plus series, as it takes us on a live-action journey back in time to the fiery days of the Clone Wars.
“Ahsoka” draws inspiration from the beloved animated series “Rebels” and “The Clone Wars,” both helmed by the talented Dave Filoni. For those who have followed the Star Wars canon diligently, including the movies, there have already been numerous moments that were nothing short of awe-inspiring. Filoni’s unabashed fanboy passion for the franchise is evident, and it’s something fans appreciate, for the most part.
The Ahsoka series provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most iconic Star Wars characters in live-action, as well as revisit key planets and events from the franchise’s extensive history. With the show nearing its conclusion, there is a growing anticipation among fans that we might witness Malachor in “Ahsoka.”
Malachor, situated in the Outer Rim, housed an ancient Sith temple, gaining notoriety to the point where its name became a kind of exclamation. The first introduction of Malachor in the Star Wars canon occurred in the final episode of “Star Wars Rebels” season 2, titled ‘Twilight of the Apprentice.’ Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano venture there, having been guided by a vision of Yoda, promising enlightenment. Regrettably, Darth Maul, one of the most formidable villains in Star Wars lore, is also in pursuit of the secrets concealed within Malachor.
Throughout the episode, we learn that Malachor not only harbors a Sith temple but also doubles as a devastatingly potent battle station – a power that Maul seeks to harness, instilling a sense of foreboding.
The climax of the episode witnessed Ahsoka engaging in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader on Malachor, culminating in the destruction of the Sith temple and Ahsoka’s apparent demise. This was a pivotal moment in “Star Wars Rebels,” marking the first face-off between Ahsoka and her former master, now Darth Vader. Their intense and fast-paced duel, a hallmark of the animated series, culminated in Vader emerging alone from the crumbling ruins of the temple.
It wasn’t until the “Rebels” season 4 episode ‘A World Between Worlds’ that an update on Ahsoka’s fate was provided. Ezra Bridger used the World Between Worlds to rescue Ahsoka from that critical moment, ultimately saving her life.
As of now, we haven’t yet witnessed Malachor in “Ahsoka.” However, the series has revisited significant junctures in Ahsoka’s journey, leaving open the possibility of returning to this monumental duel. In episode 5 of Ahsoka, she delves into the World Between Worlds after her deadly duel with Baylan Skoll, encountering a version of Anakin along the way. This episode demonstrated Filoni’s willingness to retrace Ahsoka’s path, suggesting that a momentous event like the fight on Malachor might resurface, perhaps even as a flashback sequence.
It would certainly be a missed opportunity if Hayden Christensen, who made a return for this episode, were only featured in a single installment. As for the distinction between Malachor and Malachor V in Star Wars, the latter was a term used in the Star Wars Legends continuity, which is no longer considered canon. While they have subtly different histories, they share overarching similarities. Elements from the Legends continuity have been reintegrated into the canon over the years, showing Filoni’s deep respect for the franchise’s rich legacy.