The Ending to Star Wars: Clone Wars Would Have Been Both Heart-Breaking and Awesome

Friday, 15 July 2016 - 10:44AM
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Friday, 15 July 2016 - 10:44AM
The Ending to Star Wars: Clone Wars Would Have Been Both Heart-Breaking and Awesome
LucasFilm's Pablo Hidalgo and Star Wars: Clone Wars creator, Dave Filoni, were joined by voice of Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein, at Star Wars Celebration today to discuss one of the biggest gray areas in the Star Wars franchise.

Ahsoka Tano first worked her way into our hearts as a young Jedi Padawan in Star Wars: Clone Wars, only for the show to be canceled before we got a satisfactory conclusion. Then last year, Ahsoka returned in Star Wars Rebels, now a grown woman and a powerful force wielder. What happened to the young Togruta in the years between has been a huge question for her fans. How did she cope with Order 66, did she continue her training, and did she revisit any of her old friends at the Jedi Order? Those are just a few of the questions that Filoni, Hidalgo and Eckstein attempted to answer.

When the Clone Wars series ended production, there were three Ahsoka arcs that had already been written, and Dave Filoni actually knew exactly how he wanted the show to end. Unfortunately, Disney's takeover of LucasFilm robbed us of ever getting to see that ending, but today's panel finally revealed what was in store for young Snips, and hearing it brought audience members and Ashley Eckstein to tears.

1. Ahsoka's Walkabout
Filoni revealed that he had already written the moments immediately after she walked away from the Jedi temple. Filoni says that as Ahsoka walked down those steps, she was torn, looking back at the temple realizing that she just left the shelter of the only place she has ever truly called home. But the heartbreak would only be the start. "She has a heavy burden now, she is trying to learn how to be a normal person on Coruscant," said Filoni.

Because of her teenage angst, Filoni revealed that Ahsoka's journey away from the Jedi council would have been a turbulent one. It was a journey that would see her descend into the seedy shadows of Coruscant's famous underworld, Level 1313. But, it wouldn't all be bad news for the young Togruta. On her journey she would fall in with a young scoundrel named Nyx Okami.


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Teaming up with Nyx – who both looks and sounds just like a young Han Solo– Ahsoka would find what she needed to survive, and maybe a little bit more. The depth of that relationship dawned on Eckstein, who quipped "Ahsoka had a boyfriend for a hot minute, and his name was Nyx Okami!"

2. Return to the Jedi
Surviving her trials down in the Coruscant underworld prepares Ahsoka for a new purpose in life. Many have wondered if Ahsoka ever returned to her old Jedi friends, and it looks like a major arc of her story would have seen her back at the temple with the old Masters, not as a Jedi, but as an advisor. 

Ahsoka's time down in the depths of Coruscant meant she was ideally prepared for a mission to rescue Master Yoda, who had been captured and held in a place that few up top could claim to have familiarity with. Reunited with Obi-Wan and Anakin, she would guide them through the dangerous path into the planet's depths, coming dangerously close to the hidden Sith temple. Filoni is keen to point out that, while Ahsoka is back working with the Jedi, she has still not regained her faith in the organization. However, her trust and love for Anakin and Obi-Wan remains unwavering in its strength.

3. Back to Mandalore
Ahsoka's final arc would also serve as the final moments of Star Wars: Clone Wars. Upon realizing Darth Maul is back on Mandalore, Ahsoka formulates a plan with the Mandalorian, Bo Katan. The plan involved sending Obi-Wan and Anakin with a Clone Army to remove Maul from the power vacuum left by Duchess Satine's death. However, before they can take action, General Grievous attacks Coruscant and Yoda is forced to recall the two Jedi.


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At this point, we learn that these moments would have led right up to the events in Revenge of the Sith. Palpatine has been kidnapped, and we all know what happens from there....In a moment that would see Eckstein burst into tears, Filoni reveals that Anakin would have taken Ahsoka aside to tell her how proud he was of her. This would be the last time they ever meet as Anakin and Ahsoka. Of course, the next time they meet it would be Darth Vader standing before her, not her old Master.

This would have been a heartbreaking, but fitting end, not only to the Clone Wars show as a whole, but to this major chapter of Ahsoka's journey. But, Filoni teased that he had even thought beyond that intimate moment, describing how he imagined Ahsoka survived Order 66. 

With Ahsoka taking over control of the Clone Army attempting to liberate Mandalore, she would have been right in the crosshairs of the Jedi's darkest moments. Filoni detailed the moment when Ahsoka's Clone Troopers circle her as she meditates in the middle of a forest. However, what the clones thought was a forest would actually turn out to be a pack of gigantic wolves, all of whom would then set about ripping the clones to shreds.

Unfortunately, this never came to pass. But, it's nice to know that in Filoni's mind at least, the show would have had a proper send off.
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