Warning: The following contains spoilers for Ahsoka episode 5! Turn back now if you're not up to date!
Ahsoka episode 5 brought The Clone Wars to live-action. For the first time, we saw Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Wars era, sporting the shorter hair and uniform of his animated counterpart. Ariana Greenblatt, meanwhile, stepped in to play the younger version of Ahsoka Tano, complete with her original single green lightsaber and, later, her twin blue blades.
Naturally, that means the episode is filled with callbacks. Beyond Christensen and Greenblatt perfectly resembling the animated versions of their characters, we also see them in the same pose as a moment from The Clone Wars season 7.
#Ahsoka SPOILERS------THEY REALLY RECREATED THE ANAKIN AND AHSOKA SHOT FROM CLONE WARS IN LIVE ACTION IM NOT OKAY- pic.twitter.com/QKU2URHdlpSeptember 13, 2023
Then there's the inclusion of Rex, a clone trooper Ahsoka was particularly close to – they even helped each other survive Order 66. Plus, Rex is once again played by Temuera Morrison, though we don't get to see him without his helmet.
There's also a hefty callback to the Siege of Mandalore, a battle for control of the Mandalorian homeworld depicted in The Clone Wars season 7. Anakin remarks that he doesn't know this particular fight, and Ahsoka replies that that's because she'd already parted ways with him by then – Snips left the Jedi Order in The Clone Wars season 5 and briefly reunited with Anakin in season 7 before they left for separate missions (for more, see our guide on where Ahsoka is during Revenge of the Sith).
Anakin and Ahsoka's fight also has a parallel to their clash in the Rebels season 2 finale, too, which you can see below.
#ahsoka spoilers ------all these ahsoka tano and anakin skywalker moments live action imitating animated what a time pic.twitter.com/VGx3FNRcqrSeptember 13, 2023
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