This text accommodates spoilers for “Ahsoka” episode 4, “Fallen Jedi.”
We have now already hit the midway level in season 1 of “Ahsoka” on Disney+ and, for hardcore “Star Wars” followers, it left us with a lot to consider. Some deep lore from a galaxy far, distant was touched on, some massive surprises had been dropped on us, and some key mysteries started to unravel. One of many greatest mysteries needed to do with the Inquisitor Marrok, who had been preventing alongside Jedi-turned-mercenaries Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno). Marrok’s identification had (has?) been saved secretive however episode 4 of the sequence, “Fallen Jedi,” answered some questions in that division whereas elevating a number of others. Let’s dig into it.
This episode is crammed with motion as Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) and Sabine (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) race to try to get the map from Baylan, Shin, and Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) earlier than they will totally uncover the coordinates to Grand Admiral Thrawn. At one level, Ahsoka and Sabine duke it out with Shin and Marrok within the woods, who had been despatched to sluggish the previous Jedi and her apprentice down. It really works, however Ahsoka manages to seemingly kill Marrok within the course of, chopping him nearly in half with one swift strike of her white-bladed lightsaber. Whereas the motion strikes on fairly swiftly, viewers will care to notice some unusual stuff happening when he dies.
A green-ish smoke pours from the cavity in Marrok’s physique earlier than he collapses to the bottom. This wasn’t a clear slash just like the one Sabine suffered early within the season both. Ahsoka minimize Marrok throughout the chest, making it appear far much less probably that he’ll survive. So, a brand new character that had been the reason for a lot hypothesis from followers is now useless, for one, with no clues to their identification given. Past that, we have now obtained this weird smoke to surprise about. A lot to contemplate, a lot to course of.
Who (or what) was Marrok?
First, let’s handle the identification of the Inquisitor beneath that masks. As is commonly the case, followers went loopy theorizing who Marrok actually was, with some even positing that it was none aside from Ezra Bridger who had one way or the other been corrupted by the Darkish Facet. Given the unceremonious demise, that appears extremely unlikely. Greater than something, this demise signifies that Marrok was not anybody of observe from “Star Wars” historical past that we should always concern ourselves with, barring one other loopy reveal.
That does not fairly really feel like one thing author/producer Dave Filoni would do. So, whereas we’re most likely going to get extra of a proof within the coming episodes, the theorizing virtually definitely will quantity to little or no ultimately. Not each character is a few massive twist ready to occur. Fortuitously, this did not devolve right into a “Who’s Snoke?” or “Who’re Rey’s actual dad and mom?” scenario, however it might quantity to self-imposed disappointment for some who put plenty of inventory into any of the theories at present floating round. The risks of a concept not panning out.
However what about that inexperienced smoke?
Now, onto the larger elephant within the room: What the hell was that smoke? Once more, we’re virtually definitely going to get a extra thorough clarification within the coming weeks however that is the place theorizing could repay. What we all know for certain is that Morgan Elsbeth is a Nightsister, aka one of many Witches of Dathomir, who followers will know from “The Clone Wars.” They’re a gaggle of Drive-wielding witches which have been recognized to lift the useless every now and then (see “The Clone Wars” episode “Bloodbath”).
So, may or not it’s that Morgan, utilizing her Nightsister powers, raised some Drive-sensitive being from the useless to assist do her bidding? Or, extra particularly, to in the end assist Thrawn do his bidding? Perhaps! It is price declaring that the smoke that poured out of Savage Opress, a brother of Dathomir, when he died in “The Clone Wars” seemed eerily just like what we noticed come out of Marrok. It could due to this fact make sense if whoever was hiding beneath that masks had ties to Dathomir, be it via Morgan or another as-of-yet unseen presence lurking within the shadows.
Ultimately, it might not be that Marrok’s identification was all that essential. Was is perhaps essential is how precisely they got here to serve Morgan within the first place. If it may occur to them, it may occur to another person as nicely. Marrok could be one pattern of a bigger concern for Ahsoka Tano and her insurgent buddies.
New episodes of “Ahsoka” premiere on Tuesday nights on Disney+ at 6:00 pm Pacific, 9:00 pm Japanese.