The Last of the Jedi Will You Be
While many fans, myself included, had no interest whatsoever in prequel-era stories; new fans were growing up with Clone Wars characters and, in many cases, the show grew with them. Over the series’ six seasons, the writing, though still varied, had matured. Ahsoka was 16, the Clone Wars were drawing to a close, characters created in the show had devoted followings, and the ominous question lingered: if Luke was the last Jedi, then what happened to Ahsoka? Did Anakin kill his apprentice?
Ashoka’s ultimate fate is still a mystery, but her whereabouts at the time of Rebels (five years before A New Hope) are now known. She’s alive and well, playing an instrumental part in the formation of the Rebel Alliance. While in line for “Untold Tales of Clone Wars” I spoke with Bianca, a fan of the show. I was curious what her take was on Ahsoka’s inevitable meeting with her former master, Darth Vader, and how she felt about the likelihood of the Jedi’s death. It wasn’t long before tears welled up in her eyes.
“It was great [to see Ahsoka] ’cause you can finally get some closure. But then … dread ’cause you know what’s going to happen. She lost Anakin’s trust and by the time he actually believed her … it was too late. When they eventually do meet … it’s gonna kill me.”
With the debut of the second season of Rebels, the desperate elements of the original trilogy and the prequels at last converge. I’m surprised to say it’s exciting. Much as I don’t like them, the prequels are a reality. But now we’re fortunate enough to have a group of clever-minded people finding the good within what was left over and folding it gracefully into what came before. It’s been a hard road, but thanks to the Story Group, it’s not just the trilogies that are united, it’s the fans too.