What are you most excited for in the final season of Clone Wars?
Dairent Beavers: Seeing if they connect the final season with the Revenge of the Sith and how they end Ahsoka’s story for the Clone Wars.
Riley Anderson: To see what happened to Ahsoka during Order 66 and to see a better, evil representation of Anakin.
Patrick Mulligan: Getting a satisfying end to the characters as we knew them and potentially some closure for Anakin and Ahsoka, especially considering where we know they both end up.
Christian Corah: Honestly, probably just new Star Wars every week. We’re in the golden age for Star Wars and I’m more than ready to gobble up some new content. Specifically, I don’t have anything that I’m most excited for. I think we’ll get great Ahsoka content, we’ll see a deeper evolution of Anakin turning dark, and we’ll probably get a new perspective on the Clones. But whatever they choose to put in this season, I’ll enjoy it!
Emma E: So many things, but I’ll just touch on the main ones. Since I am a very big fan of Obi-Wan, I am so excited to see anything involving him in this season. I’m really interested in seeing how he handles basically everything that is about to happen, since based off the trailer it seems like everyone in this season has a strong, but tragic connection to some major event in his life. Anakin, Maul, Bo-Katan, even Ahsoka. And of course, Anakin’s fall and Order 66 are going to hit him hard. I’m not looking forward to the pain I know it will cause Obi-Wan (and me), but I do think that this season will be on a more “personal” level than ROTS. So, we will be getting a lot of new perspectives on already familiar events and get to know already familiar characters in a new way too. I’m really interested in seeing more of Obi-Wan’s perspective. I know that’s probably not the typical answer, because everyone is excited for Ahsoka, but I just really love Obi-Wan. (I am so excited to see Ahsoka too though! Especially her, Rex, and the rest of the 501st together!
Another thing I am anxious to see is what I feel will be a good conclusion for the Mandalorian storylines that the previous seasons opened up. I really love Bo-Katan and am excited to see more of her! And I’ve been wondering about what happened to Maul in the end ever since 2013. Although he returns in Rebels, I want to know what happened to him in between, because something obviously did.
Finally, I know that it is going to be so hard to watch, but I am actually really looking forward to seeing Order 66 in more detail, especially the effects it had on the Clone troopers themselves, mainly Rex, Cody, and the remaining 501st members that we all love. This is something we haven’t gotten to see too much of in depth before and I think it will be a very interesting though difficult topic, from a very interesting viewpoint.
Joseph Forbush: I’m really excited to see the final arc of Ahsoka and how it plays into Anakin’s downfall by choosing to turn to the dark side.
Renee Luna: More Ahsoka, of course! She is, in my opinion, the most well-developed and interesting character in the series.
Will Custer: I get excited for endings in general, so in a weird way I’m just excited to see how this story wraps up. Endings are full of anticipation on what could happen, and while we know how The Clone Wars ends in Star Wars during Revenge of the Sith, I am looking forward to seeing this ending from different perspectives.
Finish the sentence by the end of this season Ahsoka Tano will be ….
DB: Faking her and Rex’s death to leave it all behind.
RA: A mocking jay like figure to the clones, like Rex, that removed their chips and decided to rebel.
PM: Realizing how important she is to the war and finding her own way to get involved without being involved with the Jedi.
CC: This doesn’t exactly finish the sentence, but she will have found her path. She will have an identity that is separate from the Jedi Order that is unique to her. I am excited to see what it is.
EE: Heartbroken for sure, and maybe feeling a bit lost and confused after the inevitable betrayals and traumas we all know are about to happen. I think she is going to have to make a lot of tough decisions, and it’s not going to be easy for her. But knowing Ahsoka, I am confident she will also be stronger, with a greater resolve to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
JF: The symbol of hope for the galaxy.
RL: By the end of the season, Ahsoka Tano will notice Anakin’s struggle with the dark side.
WC: Lost, confused, emotionally drained, and scared. Or in other words, me after an unexpected nap. I think she goes through a lot in this final season, and I think it takes a toll on Ahsoka.
What role do you think Padmé plays in this season?
DB: Maybe beginning the Rebel alliance with Bail and Mon Mothma.
RA: Probably smaller than hers in ROTS. I’m guessing there may be a Mustafar “remake” (based on her outfit in the preview), but again, I hope it’s better than the original scene.
PM: Hopefully, an important one. I’m thinking she has a pivotal role in the siege of Mandalore. Maybe playing some sort of espionage role.
CC: I hope we see her as a senator while the Republic begins to collapse. I love the politics of the prequels and would certainly enjoy more of that. Also, I’m sure she’ll have a big role with Anakin and him turning to the dark side. Not that it is her fault, but their relationship certainly plays a role and we should get more details on that.
EE: I feel like Padmé’s role in this season will vary between the arcs, but overall will be huge. For some of the arcs I feel like she will be more in the background, as a supporting character for Anakin, and even Obi-Wan in some ways. But I think that we will have at least one arc where it is Padmé’s time to shine. She will be in the front as a strong lead character making important decisions and working through a lot of the problems that we know she’s about to face. (And somewhat unrelated, but I do hope that this arc will involve a lot of Bail Organa because I really love him so much.)
I do feel like her time in this season will be very emotional though, with everything that’s happening around her: Anakin’s fall, the rise of the Empire, and the loss of so many friends. It’s a difficult time, a galaxy turned upside down, and I’m curious to see exactly how Padmé handles all that knowing that she is about to bring a new life (or two) into such a chaotic and uncertain setting: all while fighting tirelessly to save the one she loves from going down a dark path. It’s going to be a lot to handle.
JF: Padmé’s role will likely co-exist with untold scenes of how Anakin fell to the dark side and the downfall of their relationship.
RL: Given the increased interest in strong female characters in general and in Padmé specifically, I think Padmé will be a key character in season 7, with continued efforts in politics and diplomacy.
WC: I think Padmé’s role will be similar to her role in Revenge of the Sith. She will primarily be a diplomat who is fighting for the last few ounces of democracy. I want to see that fiery passion she has for fighting for what’s right and I think we get just that this season.
How do you think the anticipated showdown between Ahsoka and Darth Maul will end?
DB: With knowing that Maul said “Running again Lady Tano” in the Rebels Season 2 finale, I think the end of the match will end in a stalemate and cause her attention to be somewhere else, because that’s the mission.
RA: Knowing both characters are in Rebels, I’d say they both fight and just go their separate ways. They both have different motives (as of right now) so I don’t see them teaming up.
PM: Ahsoka will cut him in half again. He’ll be half the man but twice as angry.
CC: Well, we know that neither of them die, so they will both be alive. I’m just not sure how exactly that will happen. I would love for them to find some common ground. Maul was exiled from the Sith and Ahsoka left the Jedi Order, so they do have something in common. It would be great if one of them wins the duel and ends up sparing the other at the end. I think it is most realistic for Maul to actually spare Ahsoka. He has no direct qualms with her. Even though Ahsoka has more compassion than Maul does, I think she has the understanding that he is too dangerous to be kept alive. So that is how I hope it ends, with Maul winning the duel and sparing Ahsoka’s life.
EE: Well, because of Rebels we know that they both survive. Other than that, I have no idea and I’m trying not to speculate too hard, but I feel like it will be one of the most epic lightsaber duels we’ve seen yet in the Star Wars galaxy.
JF: Ahsoka will most likely defeat Darth Maul, but in the end, Maul will find some way to escape.
RL: I call a stalemate between the two, but also, I think there will be some intriguing revelations and insights given through the dialogue between the two.
WC: So, I think that showdown happens mid Order 66 and I think Maul is trying to pull Ahsoka to the dark. Maybe Maul knows that Anakin is going to fall and blames it on Ahsoka. I think it ends in a top tier lightsaber duel where Ahsoka channels her inner dark side and cuts Maul in half. All for him to continue living out of spite once more.
What are your top three things you would like to see happen this season?
- Yoda realizing they have fallen to the dark side.
- The anger in Anakin rising.
- The Twins’ birth.
RA: One, have the evil Anakin and Padmé scenes be better. Two, make it believable that Anakin could become Vader. Three, give the series I’ve watched since I was 8 years old a justified ending.
PM: Seeing what Ahsoka has been doing while out on her own, maybe getting a glimpse at what happens to the clone’s post order 66, but I would really love to get one more Obi Wan and Anakin moment to further solidify their relationship. And Padmé.
CC: I don’t really like to get specific with my expectations because with them comes disappointment. So, I will be pretty general with what I want to happen. It coincides well with what I’m most excited for. I want to see more detail of how Anakin turned into Darth Vader, I want to see Ahsoka being awesome, and I want to see the Clone’s perspective of Order 66.
EE: One thing I would really like to see is a definite close to Ahsoka’s story, at least for the time being. I don’t want to have to wonder what happened to her in the time between the end of the Clone Wars and the second season of Rebels. I want to have a fairly certain idea of where she went and what she did.
I would also like to see Asajj Ventress in this season. While we have the final chapter of her story in Christie Golden’s novel Dark Disciple, I would like to see at least some of that story on screen. She was such a driving force throughout this whole show, and I think she deserves to at least have the end of her story told.
Finally, after seeing what appeared to be a tiny Caleb Dume (a.k.a Kanan Jarrus) in the trailer, I would absolutely love to see some of his story in this season. I know he has a whole comic series, but because Rebels is such a fantastic show that really fits in perfectly, picking up so many stories where the Clone Wars left off, it would be nice to see his story actually beginning in this season.
- Untold scenes that give more detail into Anakin’s fall to the dark side.
- Ahsoka’s role in Order 66.
- What happens to Captain Rex following Order 66.
RL: I’m all about interpersonal conflict and angst, so I’m hoping so see some deep interpersonal development between Anakin and Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé, and Anakin and Ahsoka.
- We see Revenge of the Sith from different perspectives.
- We see Padmé and Anakin fall deeply in love like we never have before and then her death puts our hearts through a woodchipper.
- We see the direct aftermath of Revenge of the Sith. Okay, Darth Vader is born, and the Empire is here, but what is that transition like?
What is one BOLD prediction you have for this season?
DB: Yoda will be visited by Qui-Gon more.
RA: There will be some tie to The Mandalorian since there is a battle supposedly on Mandalore.
PM: The show will crossover directly into Revenge of the Sith and show Order 66 from a new perspective.
CC: I think it is hard to make a bold prediction because we know the fate for a lot of the characters involved. I guess my bold prediction is how the duel between Ahsoka and Darth Maul will end, that Maul will defeat and spare her.
EE: I mean, this is more of a hope than a prediction, but maybe we get to see what happened to Barriss Offee after Ahsoka’s trial? Palpatine clearly had some sinister plans in store for her…
JF: Although we see Darth Maul fighting Ahsoka in the trailers, I still feel like Maul may try to play both sides of the fence to get whatever he wants.
RL: Not necessarily bold, given that we know The Siege of Mandalore will be taking place, but as EK Johnston was asked to not write action sequences for the siege, I think there will be an abundance of drama and surprises in that arc.
Will: I think it has to be that Ahsoka defeats Maul. I think many are expecting a draw, but I think from a certain point of view there will be a winner.
What do you not want to happen this season?
DB: Can’t say. I want everything.
RA: I don’t want Disney to reverse their new trend of making animated movies into live action films by making this a remake of ROTS. As I’ve already said, I would love to see some of the weaker aspects of Episode 3 done better, but I’m more interested in having some character’s mysteries resolved and the overall story being completed.
PM: This being the last season I hope we can stay laser-focused on the core characters, so staying away from small side adventures would be ideal.
CC: I don’t want these episodes to be just filler. I want what happens in them to actually matter. It should really add to the Star Wars universe and impact how we view this period and characters. Even if that impact is minimal, I want it to be there.
EE: Well, basically all the sad things that I know are inevitably about to happen. But I really don’t have an answer to this. I try to enjoy Star Wars as it comes and have found that becoming too invested in an idea or theory before seeing the actual content leads to disappointment for me. Whatever happens I’m going to try my best to love it, even though I’ll probably cry the entire time.
JF: I don’t want the final season to focus too much on the Bad Batch. I still would like to see a focus on the main characters: Ahsoka, Anakin, and Kenobi.
RL: I’m open to absolutely anything (though I can say the less Jar Jar Binks the better).
WC: I really, really, really want this season to overlap and intertwine with Revenge of the Sith without retconning anything to a crazy degree. If this works within Revenge of the Sith, I will be one very happy nerd.
Do you think that this season will change how you view Revenge of the Sith?
DB: I would like to believe it will add more depth to the story and bridge them together better.
RA: Overall, I’ve always liked ROTS. Yes, I’ve been bashing it a bit, but it has it’s good and bad moments. Therefore, I don’t think this season will change my opinion of Episode 3, but instead show me and others how it could’ve been made more successfully.
PM: I hope so! I don’t have as much love for it as other people (it was the first movie I ever actively realized I disliked!) so I would really like for it to carry some more weight for me.
CC: I really hope it does. It is hard to tell without watching it, but I think that it should.
EE: Oh yes, definitely. It’s going to make it so much more emotional and also give so much more insight into why things happened the way they did. For example, I don’t think that I will ever watch the Order 66 scene the same way again after finishing this season of the Clone Wars.
JF: Absolutely. I think it will add greater depth to Anakin’s fall from the light side as well as how and why the Jedi were blinded by the dark side.
RL: I think it can provide more clarification and background for Episode III, but we all pretty much know what’s going to happen and why.
WC: I think it will make it more emotional. Revenge of the Sith has always resonated emotionally for me and I think this season will take those emotional beats in the movie and bump them up to the tenth degree.
How do you think this season and series ends?
DB: I think with Grievous laying siege to Coruscant to take Palpatine to start the beginning of ROTS.
RA: It obviously ends with the Emperor winning; he seduced Anakin, the Jedi Order has fallen, Padmé is dead (and Vader has to live with that), and the Empire was born. However, I think the new element that the series finale will bring is showing how Ahsoka and other figures, like Bale Organa and Mon Mothma, formed the rebellion.
PM: Having it end in a way that feels like a conclusion to its own story rather than leading directly into ROTS would help solidify it in the Star Wars canon, so I hope that’s the route it goes. End their own story while foreshadowing the dark.
CC: I think it will end with Order 66 and be really dramatic and sad. That is afterall how the Clone Wars ended, so it should also be how the series ends. Maybe we will see some Clones transitioning to being Stormtroopers.
EE: If I am being honest, I think we all know how this will end. There is no way around the inevitable. Anakin becomes Darth Vader. The Jedi Order is destroyed. The Republic falls. The Empire rises. While this season most likely will tie up some loose ends and close some story lines, such as the Mandalorian arc, I don’t think its main purpose is to tell a new story, but to better explain one we already know. We know how this story ends, now we get to better know why it ends that way.
JF: We already have half of the story that was told through Revenge of the Sith, but I’d like to be surprised as to what else could be added to flesh out the storyline.
RL: Specifically, I can’t say how the series will end, beyond it tying up loose ends and being a definitive end for the series. I expect it will be emotionally powerful.
WC: I think it ends with varying perspectives. I think it’ll have Anakin now as Vader thinking about what he’s done and maybe unsure of his decisions, sitting on his rage. It will show Obi-Wan going into hiding talking about what he thinks his mistakes were with Qui-Gon Jinn. It will have Padmé’s funeral, and I will cry. The last shot will be of the central point of Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, trying to regroup and figure out what to do next.