When Lucasfilm Animation announced earlier this month that it would be wrapping up Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the news was bittersweet. We've enjoyed the animated series, but it's had a good run, and we were anxious to learn what becomes of the characters in the wake of the emotional season finale. But now TheForce.net is reporting that the studio will release just two more arcs of the series, and neither will provide "clear resolutions" for Ahsoka Tano.
TheForce.net has reported that, as part of the Lucasfilm reorganization for Episode VII and other upcoming projects, the Clone Wars team has been disbanded, meaning that instead of a full Season Six, we'll be seeing what's being called "bonus content." And, according to TheForce.net's sources, that content won't answer our questions about the fates of Ahsoka and Asajj Ventress. Today, it reports that Lucasfilm will release just two of the planned Season Six arcs.
Allow me to respond with this: Argh.
Although Clone Wars has pulled in dozens of characters from various tribes of the Star Wars universe, its overarching story has been about the changing relationship between Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. For five seasons, we've wondered just what becomes of Ahsoka. Will she die before the events of Revenge of the Sith? Will her fate contribute to Anakin's ultimate downfall? The Fifth Season finale made these questions all the more compelling, and renewed our interest in renegade Sith Ventress. Without answers about these characters in this relationship, it feels like Clone Wars is, through no fault of its team, reneging on the promises it has made over the years. Why is Lucasfilm shortchanging its loyal fans—especially its youngest fans—as part of an internal reorganization?
A growing groups of fans are hoping to convince Disney and Lucasfilm to reconsider the series' abrupt truncation through the website Save The Clone Wars and the hashtag #SaveTheCloneWars. Hopefully, Lucasfilm will ultimately decide to give the series a complete and satisfying ending.