[Ed. notice: This story comprises main spoilers for the sequence finale of The Clone Wars.]

The Clone Wars ”Victory and Loss of life” 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 ultimate parting present to Ahsoka. Now it was his as soon as once more. Within the ultimate seconds of the episode, we watch him depart the gravesite by means of the hollowed red-painted helmet of a fallen clone soldier.

Within the chronological timeline of the Star Wars verse, the second the place Anakin runs off to save lots of the Chancellor isn’t his ultimate assembly with Ahsoka. They may meet once more. However 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.

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Within the established timeline, Darth Vader continues his reign of terror, working the Empire within the Authentic Trilogy earlier than he’s saved by his long-lost son Luke Skywalker. Ahsoka Tano operates throughout the Insurrection, as depicted in Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka and Darth Vader’s relationship boils into an adversarial one, the place every individual is haunted by former attachments. That is greatest 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 Power-apparition of Anakin, who berates her for leaving him.

These ultimate pictures in “Victory and Loss of life” 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. Hear carefully in “Victory and Loss of life” 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 baby, 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 continues to be in there someplace.

Vader in “Twilight of the Apprentice” in Rebels

Vader in “Twilight of the Apprentice”
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As well as, 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 outdated Anakin as she does. And for a second, we imagine that he might be saved.

Ahsoka learns the exhausting means that Skywalker can’t be saved — not by her not less than. Tellingly, in Rebels, the Sith Lord falls again on his Vader id and decides to annihilate her, to take away any visages of his humanity.

The the owl-like Convor chicken encircling the gravesite in ”Victory and Loss of life” will purchase a particular connection in Rebels, signify Ahsoka’s salvation. It first seems as an ominous image to the Togruta in “Thriller on Chopper Base.” Then the chicken resurfaces in “World Between Worlds” and Ahsoka clarifies that the chicken, named Morai, is an “outdated buddy” to whom she owes her life to. And Morai will convey Ahsoka to her senses.

Vader in the final episode of The Clone Wars

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When Morai guides padawan Ezra Bridger to make use of a Power-powered time portal to tug Ahsoka from her duel with Vader, the latter finds herself iterating to the bereaved padawan, “I can’t save [my master].” Shedding Anakin is an ache that Ahsoka will take to her grave as she’s going to carry the load of her fallen clone brothers. Whereas she does develop into a puzzle piece that helps younger Luke unmask Anakin Skywalker from his Sith shell, Ahsoka has accepted that it isn’t her burden to save lots of Skywalker.

That’s why it is vital 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 convey the 2 to their very own gentle. 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 not save her grasp, Vader learns, by gazing at Ahsoka’s chicken on the snowy moon, that her existence will proceed elsewhere with out him. We all know the longer term, however Clone Wars gave us the previous.