Warning! This article contains spoilers for Ahsoka episode 7.

Summary

  • Sabine's disbelief in Emperor Palpatine's death suggests that there may be lingering fragments of the Empire still at large.
  • Many in the galaxy are skeptical of Palpatine's demise, with conspiracy theories circulating about his return.
  • Sabine's doubts on Palpatine's death add an unexpected twist to the story, showing that even rebel heroes are questioning the truth.

There are a handful of twists and turns in Ahsoka episode 7, but the mention of Emperor Palpatine is one of the most surprising. It stems from Natasha Liu Bordizzo's Sabine Wren as she tells Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi) about everything he's missed during his exile on Peridea. With the Jedi and beloved member of the Ghost crew having been gone for so long, there's a lot he has to catch up on - and Sabine's way of retelling the events is unexpected.

It's still unclear what Sabine was up to during the events of the Galactic Civil War, seeing as she nor her other Star Wars Rebels friends were present in the original Star Wars trilogy. It can be assumed that she was focusing on her Jedi training with Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson), as her master also wasn't involved in the efforts of the Rebellion during the war. Despite this, Sabine has clearly always been a firm supporter of the Rebellion and believes deeply in the cause, which makes her suspicion of what really transpired at the end of the war surprising.

Sabine Doesn't Believe The Emperor Is Dead

Sabine Wren tells Ezra Bridger about the fall of the Empire in Ahsoka episode 7.

Ezra openly shares with Sabine that he's still trying to understand everything she's told him, most notably that Emperor Palpatine truly died during the Battle of Endor. When he rehashes this very question to Sabine, she doesn't assert the claim. Instead, she answers with a rather dismissive "That's what people say." Sabine's inability to simply agree with the Emperor's death reveals that she doesn't truly believe it herself, and there's good reason for her not to.

Sabine wasn't present at the Battle of Endor to see the destruction of the Emperor for herself, and years after his death, fragments of the Empire are still at large - most notably on Sabine's home planet of Mandalore. Ahsoka episode 7 has confirmed that the story takes place just after The Mandalorian season 3, which has brought Moff Gideon's former stronghold on the planet to light. There's no doubt Sabine learned of this, and it would make it very hard for her to believe that Gideon was operating without the authority of someone like Palpatine.

Star Wars Hints At Conspiracy Theories Of Palpatine's Return

 Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

This is the same path of thinking that many others in the galaxy are also taking when it comes to the news of the Emperor's death. He was the figurehead of the Empire for so long, and with Imperial Remnants still at large, there's no doubt people are finding it hard to believe that Palpatine actually died. This has been seen before in stories such as the Aftermath trilogy, but that was mainly with those who serve the Empire and dismissed the idea as Rebellion propaganda. Sabine's uncertainty, however, marks the first time a rebel hero is casting doubt on Palpatine's death, something that could no doubt influence those around her.

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All of this is paving the way for Palpatine's return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Even the defeated way Poe Dameron delivers the news of his return could be seen as him finally having to prove all the conspiracy theorists of the galaxy correct. Sabine is one of the Rebellion's earliest heroes, and even she isn't convinced, something that makes the return of Palpatine seem that much more palpable. This is a surprise to see in Ahsoka, especially with the scope of the story going far beyond that of the sequel trilogy. Only the finale remains, which will no doubt connect the Star Wars series even more to the future of the galaxy.

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