What Does Ahsoka’s New Costume Mean For Rosario Dawson’s Character?

By TeeJay Small | Published

Rosario Dawson in Ahsoka

The latest episode of the hit Disney+ series Star Wars: Ahsoka has provided its titular Jedi with an eye-catching costume change, which may have massive ramifications for the future of her story. Ahsoka’s previous gray-colored garb has been a mainstay since her first live-action appearance in The Mandalorian, and remains a major element through Ahsoka’s first four episodes.

Ahsoka changed her outfit to an all-white ensemble in the latest episode, signaling a bright new future for the force-user.

When the Jedi master donned her fully white robes in the latest episode, many long-time Star Wars fans likely leaped from their seats at the significant moment, which symbolized the iconic character accepting her past and preparing to move forward.

Though many popular franchises rely on costume changes as a means to diversify the visual language of their product or sell toys and merchandise to the viewing public, Ahsoka’s recent costume change signals a major turning point for her character. The last time we saw Ahsoka in all-white robes was during the epilogue to Star Wars Rebels, which premiered in March of 2018.

Ahsoka in Star Wars: Rebels

Since then, the character has spent a great deal of her time and energy trying to escape from her dark past and ignore the tribulations that brought her to the point we see in Episode 5, which premiered in a massive theatrical event.

Of course, after spending most of the episode in the World Between Worlds alongside a representation of her former master turned Sith Lord, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka takes on the white, having confronted her trauma head-on.

The white clothing also contains thematic relevance to those who study the Force, noting Ahsoka’s ties to the Force goddess, the Daughter.

The costume change also serves as something of an homage to one of Dave Filoni’s greatest influences, Lord of the Rings. The showrunner has made it no secret that he borrows inspiration from the famed J.R.R. Tolkien epic on occasion, prompting many fans to make the connection after Ahsoka is resurrected in white, much like the wizard of the Istari order, Gandalf.

Ahsoka Episode 5

Ahsoka has died and resurrected before within the Star Wars franchise, though her brushes with death have never held such significance as her latest experience, which has allowed her to come to terms with the forces holding her back from being her most powerful and authentic self. Now, armed with a newfound sense of self and a stunning new wardrobe, the Togruta soldier is prepared to fulfill her destiny by embodying the light side of the Force.

Ahsoka’s transformation is similar to that of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, which Dave Filoni has admitted is an influence on his work in the Star Wars universe.

The white clothing also contains thematic relevance to those who study the Force, noting Ahsoka’s ties to the Force goddess, the Daughter. This relationship has also been seen manifesting through Ahsoka’s other relationships, such as her closeness with the convor Morai. With the final three episodes of the season around the corner, fans are on the edge of their seats to learn what comes next for Ahsoka and her cohorts.

With Ahsoka’s transformation complete, we can expect to see her encountering her greatest foes yet in the near future. As the titular hero ventures into the distant lands of the new galaxy in search of Thrawn and her captured friends, there’s no telling what dangers await. New episodes of the hit Star Wars: Ahsoka series are slated to arrive on Disney+ Tuesday evenings.

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