- Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian, stayed on Lothal after its liberation and is ready to bring back the missing Ezra Bridger with Ahsoka Tano.
- Sabine’s family, Clan Wren, was likely wiped out during the Mandalorian Purge, and she has nowhere else to go.
- Sabine’s presence on Lothal is the safest option for her as a Mandalorian fugitive in a galaxy that persecutes her people, but she won’t stay there much longer.
Sabine Wren is still on Lothal in Ahsoka, and The Mandalorian has already revealed why. A Mandalorian herself, Sabine remained on Lothal following its liberation from the Empire in the finale of Star Wars Rebels. The retconned Rebels epilogue occurs an unspecified number of years after Return of the Jedi, culminating in a reunion between Sabine and Ahsoka Tano. After exchanging a knowing look, Sabine’s monologue declares that she’s ready to bring the missing Ezra Bridger home, and she embarks on a new journey with Ahsoka.
The story of Sabine in a heartbreaking one, despite her rebel cell’s bittersweet victory against Grand Admiral Thrawn. Once a cadet at the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, Sabine built weapons that could penetrate beskar armor, incinerating the wearer. The Empire turned these weapons on the Mandalorian people, and Sabine was forced to run from her family when they declared her a traitor. She would later reconcile with Clan Wren and aid them in rescuing her father, but returned to her Ghost crew family after passing the Darksaber on to Bo-Katan Kryze. Sabine stayed on Lothal to protect the world in Ezra’s absence, but there’s another tragic reason for her whereabouts in Ahsoka.
Was Clan Wren Wiped Out During The Mandalorian Purge?
The Mandalorian established that Mandalorians were in hiding during the New Republic Era, even following the demise of the Empire. At some point after Bo-Katan became ruler of the world, the Empire destroyed Mandalore in a genocide that would be named the Night of a Thousand Tears. Survivors of the initial bombings were hunted down and killed by Imperial forces, much like the Jedi. The attack is likely the result of Mandalore’s resistance to Imperial tyranny, separating the briefly united clans and creating new infighting.
Clan Wren was strongly aligned with Bo-Katan, as Sabine’s mother, Ursa Wren, was a member of Death Watch and later the Nite Owls under Kryze. Their involvement in the war against the Empire makes it likely most, if not all, of Sabine’s family was killed during the Mandalorian Purge. Clan Wren’s fortress is located on the planet Krownest, but their forces would’ve been on Mandalore during the bombings – and if not, a subsequent attack on their home would be conceivable. While she may have brought them together for a time, Sabine’s family is likely gone.
Sabine Has Nowhere Else To Go
With her blood family wiped out and the remaining members of the Ghost crew fighting in the Galactic Civil War, Sabine has nowhere to go even if she wanted to leave Lothal. A shattered Mandalore and potentially destroyed Krownest removes the possibility of turning to Clan Wren for any aid. In addition to her rebel activity, Sabine is twice the fugitive simply for being a Mandalorian. With the Imperial presence on Lothal eliminated, remaining there to watch after the citizens is also the safest option for Sabine in a galaxy that’s persecuting her people.
It’s been teased that Sabine is still coming to terms with what she lost in Ahsoka, and that might not just refer to the death of Kanan Jarrus and disappearance of Ezra. If Sabine’s family was indeed wiped out during the Night of a Thousand Tears, she’s lost more than anyone on the Ghost crew and will be in a dark mental space. She’ll ultimately come through, however, as her time with the rebels and general Mandalorian nature prevent her from staying away from the fight. Ahsoka could add a new layer of tragedy to The Mandalorian‘s darkest moment, but Sabine Wren won’t be on Lothal much longer.
Episodes 1 and 2 of Ahsoka premiere Wednesda, August 23 on Disney+.