In “Together Again,” Ahsoka and the Martez sisters escape the Pykes only to discover the plot is larger than they thought. Major players from Star Wars‘ past appear in season seven for the first time, and Ahsoka is dragged back into Jedi business.
Here are the references, connections, and easter eggs we spotted in this episode:
The Sith apprentice-turned-crime lord is back. As the founder of Crimson Dawn, he exerts some influence over the Pykes. As a crime lord, he has cultivated a reputation for being ruthless, which is surely helped by his possession of dark side powers learned directly from Darth Sidious. Maul calls the entire operation “this mechanism I have designed,” referring to the political situation on Mandalore and his mixed successes organizing disparate criminal gangs.
This Maul has been through a lot since his first appearance in The Phantom Menace. Mechanical legs carry him under the black robes and he no longer formally possesses the “Darth” title he once coveted.
This is still set before Solo: A Star Wars Story and many years before his final duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine in Rebels. In The Clone Wars season 7, we see Maul arguably at the height of his power. He even controls one of the most important planets in the galaxy.
Siege of Mandalore
The Siege of Mandalore arc is the next big arc of season 7 and its grand finale. It’s also one of those classic cases of jumpy The Clone Wars chronology. It occurs after both the previous fight between Maul and Sidious on Mandalore and the comic Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.
Since we last saw him on The Clone Wars, Maul returned to his homeworld of Dathomir, fought General Grievous, and witnessed Darth Sidious kill Mother Talzin. Totally divorced from the idea of ever being Sidious’ ally again, Maul returns to Mandalore before the siege begins.
The events of the battle were alluded to in the novel Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, but they will be much more fleshed out on the show. This battle is also notable as one of the very last in the Clone Wars and the battle actually leads right into Order 66 and the rise of the Empire in Revenge of the Sith.
You can read more about the Siege of Mandalore right here.
The manager of the spice depot is a Trandoshan, a reptilian alien species that appears often in the Original Trilogy. The most famous is the bounty hunter Bossk, who debuted in The Empire Strikes Back. His flattened, reptilian face and large, clawed hands became the hallmark for the species. Unlike Bossk, the depot manager wears shoes that cover his clawed feet.
After appearing as a mysterious figure in episode seven, Bo-Katan Kryze formally introduces herself as an old ally of Ahsoka’s in episode eight. She’s accompanied by two other Mandalorians and assures Ahsoka they aren’t part of the Death Watch extremist group. The markings on their helmets declare their allegiance to the Nite Owls, an elite unit formerly part of Death Watch.
While originally an antagonist who sought to undo her sister’s rule on Mandalore, Bo-Katan eventually sided with the Jedi in order to topple Maul’s puppet government. This Mandalorian freedom fighter eventually became Mand’alor, the warrior leader of the planet, in Rebels.
The Mandalorian Ship
The Mandalorians fly a small, sleek starship. It’s a Kom’rk-class fighter and it has appeared in The Clone Wars before: you can get a brief glimpse of its triangular shape and blue-and-gray Nite Owl coloration in “Shades of Reason,” episode 15 of season five.
This ship later appeared in The Rise of Skywalker as part of the fleet of Republic ships that volunteered to fight the Final Order over Exegol.