If you have watched the Siege of Mandalore, which gives a fitting and final end to The Clone Wars, you might be wondering what happens next.
Specifically, what happens to some of the main characters. What happens to Ahsoka Tano? What happens to Captain Rex? What happens to Maul?
Well, luckily for you, we actually know! Here’s a look at what happens to those three in the years following the Siege of Mandalore.
1. What happens to Ahsoka Tano?
Pertinent material: Ahsoka (by E.K. Johnston); Star Wars Rebels episodes 1.15 (“Fire Across the Galaxy”), 2.2 (“The Siege of Lothal: Part 2”), 2.3 (“The Lost Commanders”), 2.4 (“Relics of the Old Republic”), 2.10 (“The Future of the Force”), 2.18 (“Shroud of Darkness”), 2.21-22 (“Twilight of the Apprentice”), 4.13 (“A World Between Worlds”), 4.15 (“Family Reunion – and Farewell”)
After surviving Order 66 and fashioning graves for the fallen clones, which included leaving behind her lightsaber, Ahsoka parted ways with Rex, took on the name Ashla, and settled on the Outer Rim planet of Thabeska for close to a year, befriending the locals but fleeing once the Empire arrived. She then traveled to Raada, where she again settled down and made friends. The Empire arrived on that planet too, and Ahsoka helped the locals resist – but eventually was driven away from that planet as well. An Imperial Inquisitor (the Sixth Brother) was sent to hunt Ahsoka down, but Bail Organa and R2-D2 found her first, trying to enlist her to help a new Rebellion. She returned to Raada in an effort to rescue her friend, Kaeden, and fight off the Empire. She killed the Sixth Brother and took his lightsabers, healing the crystals to turn them white. She successfully dealt a blow to the Empire, and then joined Organa’s Rebellion under the code name Fulcrum.
Many years later, still working under the code name Fulcrum, Ahsoka began helping the crew of the Ghost, which would eventually become part of the Phoenix cell of Rebels. The crew involved the Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, which created a connection with Ahsoka. She joined the crew as they tried to fend off a space attack from the mysterious Darth Vader, during which Ahsoka sensed Vader’s identity – but wouldn’t disclose the information to others right away, saying she wanted to investigate more. She went on several other missions with members of the Ghost crew, including to rescue Force-sensitive children, in which Ahsoka fought off two Inquisitors, and a journey to the Jedi Temple on Lothal, where Ahsoka had visions of Anakin Skywalker and of Yoda.
Eventually, she accompanied Kanan and Ezra to Malachor, the home of an ancient Sith Temple. There they fought off Imperial Inquisitors, met up with Maul (more on that later), and investigated the secrets of the Temple. Before long, Darth Vader appeared, and Ahsoka spoke with her former master before engaging him in a lengthy duel. Injuring Vader and buying time for the others to leave, Ahsoka tells Anakin that she won’t leave him this time, which prompts Vader to say that she will then die. Kanan and Ezra fly away, leaving Ahsoka behind with Vader as the Temple explodes.
But then in season four, Ezra ventures into a realm of the Force known as the world between worlds, where he sees the end of the duel between Ahsoka and Vader and actually rescues Ahsoka from certain death – having reached through a portal of time through the Force. While Ahsoka and Ezra are in this realm, Emperor Palpatine attempts to gain access to the world between worlds, so the heroes must resist this and leave, parting ways.
Years later, after the Battle of Lothal (in which Ezra disappeared somewhere with Thrawn, presumably into the Unknown Regions) and the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka arrived on Lothal to meet up with Sabine Wren, another member of the Ghost crew, as the two of them headed off in search of Ezra.
2. What happens to Rex?
Pertinent material: Star Wars Rebels episodes 2.3 (“The Lost Commanders”), 2.4 (“Relics of the Old Republic”), 2.9 (“Stealth Strike”), 3.6. (“The Last Battle”), 3.12-13 (“Ghosts of Geonosis”), 3.21-22 (“Zero Hour”), 4.14 (“A Fool’s Hope”), 4.15 (“Family Reunion – and Farewell”); Galaxy of Adventures: “Han Solo – From Smuggler to General”
At some point following Order 66, Rex settled down on the remote Outer Rim planet Seelos, living in an AT-TE with Wolffe (who led Jedi General Plo Koon’s clone forces during the War) and Gregor (a clone commando who went missing in action during the War). Both Wolffe and Gregor had also removed their inhibitor chips, and together the three clones lived in isolation during the rise of the Empire. But four years before the Battle of Yavin, Ahsoka Tano sent the crew of the Ghost to Seelos to find her friend out of search for information.
The meeting was a bit rough, however, as the distrust between Jedi Kanan Jarrus (who had seen his master killed during Order 66) and the clones was evident – so much so that Wolffe contacted the Empire about finding the Jedi, thinking it was the right thing to do. But as the Empire arrived and the clones and crew of the Ghost began trusting one another, they together successfully fought back against the Imperial assault. Afterward, Rex joined the rebels, reuniting with Ahsoka and becoming part of the growing Rebel cell. Rex and Kanan slowly but surely began to trust one another, including working together to go undercover on an Imperial Interdictor to rescue Ezra Bridger and Commander Sato of the Rebellion. On another mission, Rex traveled with the Ghost crew to Geonosis, where they teamed up with Saw Gerrera to investigate a mysterious construction project and the extermination of the Geonosians (which, unbeknownst to them, was connected to the Death Star). Rex went on many missions for the Rebellion, and one such mission was accompanying Jarrus, Bridger, and Garazeb Orrelios (another member of the Ghost crew) to Agomar on a supply run. While there, however, they discovered Separatist battle droids and a tactical droid who wanted to recreate a final battle of the Clone Wars. Rex fought alongside the Jedi until they realized the Empire was the enemy of them both, teaming up to fight the Imperials.
Eventually, the secret base of Phoenix Squadron on Atollon was discovered by Grand Admiral Thrawn, who bombarded the planet. Rex helped fight to defend the planet, eventually escaping with what remained of the Rebel cell. Rex took on more of a role with the Rebellion, and he fought with the crew of the Ghost in the Battle of Lothal (along with Wolffe and Gregor too), ultimately succeeding in liberating the planet.
As the Rebellion continued to grow and fight back against the Empire, Rex continued to fight for the cause. He was a part of Han Solo’s strike team to the forest moon of Endor, helping to take out the shield generator that led to the destruction of the second Death Star – a victory that, along with the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, ensured the downfall of the Empire.
3. What happens to Maul?
Pertinent material: Solo: A Star Wars Story; Star Wars Rebels episodes 2.21-22 (“Twilight of the Apprentice”), 3.3 (“The Holocrons of Fate”), 3.11 (“Visions and Voices”), 3.20 (“Twin Suns”)
It is unknown what happened to Maul immediately after the Siege of Mandalore, but by 10 BBY he was on Dathomir, leading the Crimson Dawn criminal syndicate. Maul’s existence as the syndicate’s leader seemed to be a secret, as Dryden Vos served as the public face, but after Vos’s death Maul contacted Qi’ra (Vos’s assistant) to tell her to come to him.
Later, Maul traveled to Malachor, the site of an ancient Sith Temple, but was stranded when his ship crashed. He spent years trapped on the planet until 3 BBY, when at the same time an Inquisitor found him, and Ahsoka Tano, Kanan Jarrus, and Ezra Bridger arrived looking for answers at the Temple. Maul, calling himself “Old Master,” befriended the young Bridger and joined forces with the Jedi against the Inquisitors. Maul admitted to the Jedi that he needed their help defeating the one called Vader, and he pretended to help them and took a special interest in Bridger – whom he considered his new apprentice. Turning on Tano and Jarrus, Maul blinded the latter with his lightsaber. Ahsoka left to find Ezra in the Temple, while Kanan used his other senses in the Force to throw Maul off the platform.
Maul fled the planet in one of the Inquisitor’s ship, but he wasn’t done pursuing Bridger. Eventually, he found the young Jedi, and together they opened a Sith holocron. The holocron revealed something to Maul, who left muttering, “He lives!” The ritual bound him with Bridger in a deep way, so they later journeyed to Dathomir together, where they once again underwent some dark rituals before Bridger was rescued by his friends.
But by this point Maul had both discovered that his old nemesis Obi-Wan Kenobi was still alive, seeing a planet with twin suns. With this knowledge, Maul traveled to Tatooine to search out the old Jedi Master, but was left wandering in the wilderness. He reached out to Bridger and, through the Force, lured him to Tatooine. Bridger arrived, was found by Kenobi, and inadvertently led Maul right to him. Kenobi sent Bridger on his way back to his friends, while he faced off with Maul. As the former Sith taunted the Jedi, Maul discovered that Kenobi had a purpose on the planet – protecting someone. This prompted Kenobi to ignite his lightsaber, and the wise Jedi baited Maul into a familiar attack – one that Kenobi parried immediately, dealing a fatal blow. As Maul collapsed from his injuries, Kenobi cradled him in his arms. Maul asked whether the person Kenobi was protecting was the chosen one, and after receiving an affirmative response, Maul said, “He will avenge us” as he died.
Afterward, Kenobi closed Maul’s eyes and buried him in the Tatooine desert. The tragedy of Maul was, finally, over.