Ahsoka Tano returned to the Star Wars universe in the newest episode of The Mandalorian's second season. Some fans weren't sure what was up with Ahsoka's white lightsabers. Ahsoka debuted in the Star Wars universe in Star Wars: The Clone Wars with typical green lightsabers. She lost those lightsabers and received blue-bladed replacements from her master, Anakin Skywalker, in the final season of The Clone Wars. When Ahsoka turned back up in Star Wars Rebels, she had her new white lightsaber blades. There's a story behind how she got those unusual weaons. Here is how Ahsoka Tano ended up with twin white lightsabers.
EK Johnston's novel Ahsoka explains the switch from blue to white. The former Jedi had to go underground after Order 66 happened. As a result, she had to tangle with Darth Vader's Inquisitors. During a skirmish, she took the Kyber crystals from the enemy's weapons. Sith will "bleed" their crystals with dark side energy. Some interpretations have also pointed to this as why the blades gleam red. (Or, why Kylo Ren's weapon seems so much wilder than most of the sabers encountered in the movies.) Ahsoka takes the opportunity to heal the crystals and realign them in the force, rendering them white as a result.
It's important to note, this distinction is a clever bit of shorthand to signify how the former Jedi operates outside of the order now. She's clearly aligned with the light side of the force, but some of the damage to her relationship with the Jedi order cannot be overcome. She went out in search of answers that the ancient structure could not provide.
Former Ahsoka actor Ashley Eckstein talked about moving through the process of being a voice actor. She's advocating that more opportunities should exist for people like her Clone Wars co-stars. (Although she's happy to see Ahsoka in live-action!)
"So I will say one thing: I read a lot and I've been outspoken about just because I feel like I need to be outspoken for all voice actors," Eckstein explained. "Voice acting is acting and some people say, 'Oh well, she's just a voice actress." No, actually Ahsoka was my first voiceover job. I was primarily a film and television actress before I became Ahsoka so I do all sorts of live-action and film and television but the only reason I bring that up is not even for myself. Voice acting is acting and some of the most brilliant actors I've ever met are voice actors. I mean Corey Burton, who is the voice of Count Dooku and Cad Bane, is probably one of the most brilliant actors I've ever witnessed in my life. So I only say that just because I think it's important to speak up for voice actors. We're all actors at the end of the day."
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