‘The Clone Wars’ Ending Has Made Me Emotional!

Ah, The Clone Wars. This conclusion was brutal to my emotional stability. The last three episodes have been nothing short of brilliant, slowly building to the moment we all expected: Order 66. But this finale, this conclusion, has left me utterly reeling.

Even though I know that Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex survive (because they’re in Star Wars: Rebels) it didn’t make this episode any less tense or emotionally impactful. Laced with action and some truly heartfelt moments that had me tearing up, this is the finale that this series deserved. But, as with all things Star Wars, nothing is truly gone. I have a feeling that we will be getting another animated series very soon, one that focuses on Ahsoka’s story even further, and if so, I am going to be a very happy camper!!!!

Geez, that ending has gotten to my emotions big time. Wow, what a finale.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the 4th be with you!

6 thoughts on “‘The Clone Wars’ Ending Has Made Me Emotional!”

  1. HE KNEW! 😢

    ….that’s as spoiler-free a comment as I can leave. I’m old enough to be a little jaded about movies, but not enough that this didn’t get to me a bit too.

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  2. Additional spoiler free comment: Ahsoka proved in the finale that she is no Jedi.

    She’s better.

    There was no point in the movies or much anywhere else where the Jedi treated the clone troopers as much of anything other than expendable, fungible assets. Even Yoda and Obi Wan.

    Ahsoka was better than that. She treated them like human beings, even when she had every reason not to.

    The Jedi didn’t deserve her. By the end, they were almost as much a part of the Empire as the Sith were. One of the greater human rights tragedies of the Clone Wars was the treatment of the clones themselves — half their childhoods stolen away to grow them into useful troops as quickly as amplified biology and eugenics would permit, only to be discarded like so much refuse in a storm. And all throughout, the Jedi were willing accomplices in this. While the Emperor and Dooku started the ball rolling, the Jedi were all too happy to keep giving it momentum. In fact, Yoda himself — the great sage of the Jedi — not only didn’t object, he was the very first one to get the clones and put them into harm’s way. Not because it was right, but because it was expedient. When the opening crawl of “Revenge of the Sith” says “evil is everywhere,” it’s understating it, if anything: the Jedi had become part of the evil.

    And it’s yet another reason I was kind of disappointed that Rey didn’t carve her own way at the end of Ep9, instead of kicking the dust off the Jedi’s dead legacy and trying to revive it. I wanted her to go her own way and start a new tradition that had a higher respect for human dignity. It’s perhaps a harsh viewpoint, but at some point the Jedi had a strong ethical lapse of their own, and that it was a major thing sealing their own fate was something of poetic justice.

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    1. Yes. Ahsoka fulfills the quote, “The Force is used for knowledge and defense. Never for attack.” The Jedi lost sight of that and that’s why they fell. Another Jedi to take Yoda’s words into effect was Luke when he faced Kylo Ren. He never attacked, he only used the Force for defense and saved the Resistance. Ahsoka and Luke are true Jedi.

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  3. I’ve been sort of waiting for you to revisit this and give your thoughts, but I haven’t seen anything. Meanwhile, I’ve watched this last episode like three to five times in full and I’ve gone through the ending scene probably like twenty. So… here’s what I got.

    I don’t think Vader realizes Ahsoka survive. I’m not just going on wiki writeup, I’ve gone back and also watched the episode of Rebels where he has the brief meeting of the minds in the Force with her, and his reaction is, “the apprentice lives.” Taken together, I think Vader does indeed find the lightsaber and assume she’s dead. Moreover, I think his reasons for stopping at that point where he does is actually twofold, and this also informed the final shot of the series.

    He stopped there because he sees the clone trooper helmet painted identical to her old face paint. Perhaps up to this point, it was a mystery as to what ship it was, or maybe someone told him. But the helmet sticking out of the snow confirms to him, this was _her_ ship. These were the clones who painted their helmets in her honor. Finding the lightsaber he himself made for her as Anakin, and gave back to her for the Siege of Mandalore, just confirms to him that she was here. And since the lightsaber was left there, he assumes she didn’t survive at this point, and doesn’t discover otherwise until Rebels.

    But at the same time, they’re hiding the part where Vader’s second clue is there. He digs up the lightsaber, but they’re framing all the shots so that his body is concealing the trooper helmet until he turns around and walks off, and you see his reflection in the visor. While that was intended to be a somber last shot, it’s also an understated reveal that the trooper’s helmet in the snow was part of the reason he stopped at that spot. In some ways, I missed it the first several times, but I finally picked that up tonight.

    So he knew she was there, that this was the fate of her (or so he assumes) and her troops (more confirmed) after he sent her away to Mandalore. There’s likely some emotion there, perhaps some sadness at the “confirmation” of her death, but maybe a little bit of relief that he won’t have to hunt her down… but then again, that’s how *Anakin* would have reacted. *Vader* probably isn’t all that sad, and might even be a little disappointed at the thought that he won’t get to kill her.

    Dave Filoni said in interviews over Rebels that he doesn’t consider Vader to be particularly regretful for what’s happened to him. In his mind, the Jedi betrayed him personally as well as the Republic, so they got what they deserved. In that sense, finding what’s left of her last mission when Order 66 went down might be closure to him, but he probably isn’t sad at the thought that she’s dead. He probably hates her more than any of his former comrades short of Kenobi himself, and likely feels a very personal sense of abandonment by her for leaving the Jedi order. She even had her chances to reach out to him more before the end… but she didn’t. One chance after another for her to hold out a hand that might have kept him in the light came along, and was passed up. It might have been because she didn’t actually realize he was tearing apart or believe Maul when he told her Anakin was going to become Sidious’ new apprentice. But she did, in fact, leave Anakin to his fate, or at least that’s how Vader would’ve seen it.

    In some respects, I sort of think Clone Wars missed a little on Anakin and Ahsoka’s last meeting as friends. Anakin might have even been a little too happy to see her. Where it left off in season 6, it was strongly hinted that her leaving was a blow to him that started his descent… but their last meeting was maybe a little too warm. You get basically no foreshadowing at all that he’s on the edge here, and a lot of the buildup that indicated she was part of the reason he went dark kind of went away. (I went back and rewatched their last meeting too. There’s some tension initially, but their parting is actually quite warm. If anything, Kenobi is the main source of tension by the end… which perhaps Anakin finds disconcerting. There’s numerous spots there where he’s obviously feeling caught in the middle.) Then again, maybe Filoni decided they didn’t want Ahsoka to still follow that part of his path, and preferred to set up a sense that even Vader was prepared to feel regret amidst his hate and anger at finding the saber he gave her.

    It’s a complex scene in the end, certainly. Obviously, it’s impossible to be completely certain what Vader is thinking in those moments at the end of Clone Wars, aside from cross-referencing his later belief that she was dead that was only proven wrong in Rebels season 2 and the strong likelihood that he formed that belief here. I suspect his real emotions were strongly mixed, but that he probably was beyond true regret other than as a fuel for his anger and hate.

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