Throughout The Clone Wars’ marvelous five year TV run, Ahsoka Tano has taken center stage. We’ve seen her mature from a (slightly cheesy) youngling coming out of her shell at the beginning of the story (in the 2007 movie) to a self assured – and powerful – young Jedi. Surprisingly, she was never knighted, though in the Season 5 finale, it was hinted at that she would have been knighted, had she not left.
Indeed, Yoda referred to the events of Season 5’s final arc as her trials, a series of tests all padawans must go through before becoming Jedi Knights. And Ahsoka has certainly been through a lot. On her first mission, she prevented a crisis that could have given the CIS (Confederation of Independent Systems, or the Separatists, for the layman) a massive advantage in the war.
Granted, the 2007 Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie was pretty bad. Especially the parts about the Hutts “controlling” vital Hyperspace routes. Their control really doesn’t extend that far beyond the Outer Rim Systems. The Hutt cartels do have some influence in parts of the Expansion Region and Inner and Outer Core, but not nearly enough to put a dent in the Republic’s war effort, especially since the Outer Rim Sieges didn’t really begin until the last year of the Clone Wars.
Anyways, that was a little off topic. The fact remains; Ahsoka has seen a lot more action than most other Jedi padawans. And many fans of the Clone Wars have come to enjoy her presence on the show, myself included. Initially, she annoyed me, but as the show went on, her character found her footing.
She changed a lot, especially in Seasons 2-4, and, more than ever, in Season 5. Essentially, her story has almost been a coming of age story. It’s been a story about youth, and how being plunged into war at such a young age can effect a person. But at her core, Ahsoka is a good person, and, instead of succumbing to war, she ended up as the show’s moral compass of sorts. Think Game of Throne’s Ned Stark.
However, as any Star Wars fan will tell you, she isn’t in Revenge of the Sith, meaning that she had to be removed from the equation at some point. I dreaded the end of Season 5’s final arc, since the season as a whole hasn’t seemed to shy away from killing characters that aren’t in Episode III. Pre Vizla, Duchess Satine, Adi Gallia, and Savage Oppress all met their ends this season.
But Ahsoka remained alive. Granted, she chose to leave the Jedi Order, because they didn’t seem to trust her. That is a completely understandable move. However, killing her off may have had a more emotional impact on some characters. Her leaving impacted Anakin, but not as much as if she had died. It could have provided a trigger, of sorts, and that could have positively benefited the show.
But keeping her alive not only saves fans of the character from mourning (I doubt I would be mourning, just… sad), but also opens up potentials for more stories. We know that, despite Season 5 being the last TV season, we are going to get more Clone Wars. An alive Ahsoka gives possibilities for future stories – perhaps what she does after leaving the Jedi.
Those stories may not necessarily be in the Clone Wars, but that isn’t bad. Ahsoka being alive, and running around somewhere in the galaxy, means that there are stories to be told about her. Whether those stories are in novels, comics, or even direct to DVD/blu ray movies, it’s good to know that those stories could be told.
Plus, rather than killing her, Dave Filoni and the rest of the Clone Wars’ creative team used her as a device to show us that the Jedi Order is beginning to fall. They’re losing Jedi like Ahoska and Bariss. Not only are they the next generation, but those two characters were two of the most positive characters on the show. Bariss turning and Ahsoka leaving is just a sign of how far the ORder has fallen, and how much further it will fall.