[Ed. be aware: This story accommodates main spoilers for the sequence finale of The Clone Wars.]
The Clone Wars ”Victory and Death” finale ends with the previous Anakin Skywalker, now carrying the armor of Darth Vader, exhuming the lightsaber of his former apprentice Ahsoka Tano within the snowy burial grounds of an unidentified moon. Two episodes earlier, the blue saber was Anakin’s closing parting present to Ahsoka. Now it was his as soon as once more. In the ultimate seconds of the episode, we watch him depart the gravesite by the hollowed red-painted helmet of a fallen clone soldier.
In the chronological timeline of the Star Wars verse, the second the place Anakin runs off to avoid wasting the Chancellor isn’t his closing assembly with Ahsoka. They will meet once more. But this picture is the send-off for the master-apprentice relationship that endeared many followers in addition to gained over skeptics throughout seven seasons of The Clone Wars and echoes Ahsoka and Skywalker’s lack of closure in Star Wars Rebels, the successor present to Clone Wars.
In the established timeline, Darth Vader continues his reign of terror, operating the Empire within the Original Trilogy earlier than he’s saved by his long-lost son Luke Skywalker. Ahsoka Tano operates inside the Rebellion, as depicted in Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka and Darth Vader’s relationship boils into an adversarial one, the place every particular person is haunted by former attachments. This is finest illustrated by the Rebels episode “Shroud of Darkness” when Ahsoka breaks down within the Lothal Jedi Temple and refuses to have a look at the Force-apparition of Anakin, who berates her for leaving him.
Those closing pictures in “Victory and Death” name ahead to Vader and Ahsoka’s face-to-face lightsaber confrontation within the Star Wars Rebels season 2 finale “Twilight of the Apprentice,” which takes place on the crimson stage of a Sith Temple on Malachor. Listen carefully in “Victory and Death” and also you’ll hear Rebels composer Kevin Kiner’s Ahsoka’s theme simply beaming beneath the ethereal dread-filled ambiance rating, which is able to open right into a triumphant leitmotif of their Malachor confrontation like a floodgate of feelings.
When Vader picks up the blue saber within the snow, there’s a tinge of hope — the sunshine that his son Luke Skywalker will pull out from him in Return of the Jedi. Darth Vader taking the saber represents Anakin’s love for his first religious youngster, Ahsoka. It echoes the way in which he addresses her by title in Rebels’ “Twilight of the Apprentice,” letting Ahsoka know that her former grasp remains to be in there someplace.
In addition, the animators render Anakin’s rage-filled eyes as seen behind the blood-hued lenses of Vader’s helmet as he surveys the burial mound. It units up the visible when Ahsoka cracks Vader’s helmet above Malachor, we acknowledge the previous Anakin as she does. And for a second, we imagine that he could possibly be saved.
Ahsoka learns the onerous method that Skywalker can’t be saved — not by her a minimum of. Tellingly, in Rebels, the Sith Lord falls again on his Vader identification and decides to annihilate her, to take away any visages of his humanity.
The the owl-like Convor fowl encircling the gravesite in ”Victory and Death” will purchase a particular connection in Rebels, signify Ahsoka’s salvation. It first seems as an ominous image to the Togruta in “Mystery on Chopper Base.” Then the fowl resurfaces in “World Between Worlds” and Ahsoka clarifies that the fowl, named Morai, is an “old friend” to whom she owes her life to. And Morai will deliver Ahsoka to her senses.
When Morai guides padawan Ezra Bridger to make use of a Force-powered time portal to drag Ahsoka from her duel with Vader, the latter finds herself iterating to the bereaved padawan, “I can’t save [my master].” Losing Anakin is an ache that Ahsoka will take to her grave as she’s going to carry the burden of her fallen clone brothers. While she does grow to be a puzzle piece that helps younger Luke unmask Anakin Skywalker from his Sith shell, Ahsoka has accepted that it’s not her burden to avoid wasting Skywalker.
That’s why it will be important Clone Wars resulted in Ahsoka letting go of the saber gifted to her by Skywalker, even when Vader salvages it and holds onto its rusted shell. Ahsoka needed to let go and Anakin needed to maintain on to deliver the 2 to their very own mild. Vader holding onto the visages of his attachments, permits the previous Jedi inside to heed Luke’s pleas to show again into the sunshine.
Years earlier than Ahsoka affirms aloud to herself that she can’t save her grasp, Vader learns, by gazing at Ahsoka’s fowl on the snowy moon, that her existence will proceed elsewhere with out him. We know the longer term, however Clone Wars gave us the previous.