Last week's episode of Ahsoka may not have been the "game changer" we'd been told to expect, but it was arguably the best chapter of the series so far, and a real treat for Star Wars fans - due in no small part to the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker.
In "Shadow Warrior," Skywalker took his former Padawan on a little trip down memory lane, explaining to Ahsoka that he's returned to finish her training, and that she will ultimately have to make a choice: live or die.
Following some flashbacks to Ahsoka's time fighting battles alongside her former master during The Clone Wars, Anakin returns to the World Between Worlds as a pre-armor Darth Vader, forcing his one-time apprentice to disarm him and "choose life" by purging herself of the guilt and anger that could potentially lead to the dark side.
Anakin once again becomes the Jedi Ahsoka knew all those years ago, and departs: "There's hope for you yet."
We had assumed this would be Christensen's only appearance this season (if not in the entire series), but a recently released TV spot had fans convinced he will be back at some point over the remaining three episodes, and a new rumor is now claiming to have confirmed his return - in episodes 7 and 8.
According to Bespin Bulletin, Christensen will appear in episode 7 "in the form of a hologram," and then again in the season finale. We don't have much in the way of context beyond this, but it's been claimed that Anakin will "look fondly" upon Ahsoka after the events of the finale, so he may only show up in a single scene right at the end to give the ol' Force Ghost nod of approval.
We may know more after tonight's sixth episode, so stay tuned for updates, and check out a lovely fan-made poster below.
Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.
The series stars Rosario Dawson in the title role, with Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, Diana Lee Inosanto as Morgan Elsbeth, Ivanna Sakhno as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson as Baylan Skoll, David Tennant as Huyang, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn, with Eman Esfandi appearing as Ezra Bridger.
Kevin Kiner was announced as the series' composer.
Ahoska is written by executive producer Dave Filoni, alongside executive producers Favreau, Kennedy, Wilson, and Beck. Gilchrist is co-executive producer. The series’ directors include Filoni, Steph Green, Peter Ramsey, Jennifer Getzinger, Geeta Vasant Patel and Rick Famuyiwa.