‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Showed How Anakin Skywalker’s Point of View Was Influenced Even Before ‘Revenge of the Sith’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Anakin Skywalker and his former Padawan Ahsoka Tano talk in Season 7 of

By now, you may need heard simply how large of a deal the newest season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is. Especially this final episode, “Old Friends Not Forgotten,” the sequence goes into some fairly epic territory. And now we have now a precise timeframe on the place the sequence stands in relation to Revenge of the Sith. With that in thoughts, some actually essential conversations and impressions solidified Anakin’s future actions in Episode III. One of the most important is Anakin Skywalker’s flip to the Dark Side. It’s been a very long time coming, which the sequence has proven, however this episode actually influenced the reasoning behind the Chosen One’s actions in Revenge of the Sith

Anakin Skywalker and his former Padawan Ahsoka Tano talk in Season 7 of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
Anakin Skywalker and his former Padawan Ahsoka Tano discuss in Season 7 of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ | Disney+

Ahsoka comes again with Bo-Katan, asking for reinforcements in opposition to Maul

Ahsoka got here again with Bo-Katan, who was as soon as part of the Mandalorian terrorist group Death Watch. But since Maul took over the group, Bo-Katan has tried to combat to regain energy over her individuals and restore a Mandalorian in command of the planet. Now that they know the place Maul is, she enlists Ahsoka to assist deliver the Republic into their battle. She doesn’t have the fighter energy to take the planet again, however with Clones, she might. 

However, Mandalore isn’t particularly part of the Republic, they usually’re not being held captive by Separatists. From a political and strategic standpoint, the Republic can’t swoop in with troops to help Bo-Katan. When Obi-Wan tells them this and states he’d need to ask the Jedi Council, Bo-Katan goes in for the kill. 

Bo-Katan’s feedback about Satine not solely strike Obi-Wan, but in addition Anakin

She reminds Obi-Wan who Maul is and that he savagely murdered her sister, Duchess Satine Kryze. While Satine and Bo-Katan have been on completely different sides of persuasion — pacifism vs. violence, respectively — they have been nonetheless sisters and Satine’s loss of life affected her. “I thought she meant something to you,” Bo-Katan advised Obi-Wan. It’s not solely clear that he’s damage by this reminder and accusation that he doesn’t care about Satine. But audiences also can see how that assertion impacts Anakin. 

At first, Anakin seems to be sorry for his grasp’s loss. Then when Obi-Wan particularly says he can’t let his emotions cloud his judgment, Anakin seems to be like he doesn’t agree. Almost like, “I couldn’t do that.” And, in fact, audiences know he can’t.

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Obi-Wan and Satine have been clearly in love. While each of their excessive morals and positions in life saved them aside, they shared a bond that Anakin was fairly conscious of. He’s additionally very conscious of how Obi-Wan denied his emotions as a result of he was a Jedi. Seeing how that selection probably result in Satine’s loss of life, Anakin by no means needs that to occur with Padmé.

So, when Anakin has horrible visions of her loss of life simply after she tells him she’s pregnant, principally, proper after this confrontation, Anakin is thrown into misery. More so than he in all probability would have been if he hadn’t been reminded of Obi-Wan’s loss. It emboldens his motives much more. He’d go to any size to save lots of his spouse, and followers know he does. 

Anakin was additionally reminded of the Jedi’s less-than-honorable remedy of Ahsoka

Also, Ahsoka’s return is a strolling reminder that the Jedi aren’t all good. Bringing it again to Season 5, Ahsoka was banned from the Jedi Order over a false accusation and framing. While Barriss Offee did a great job of constructing Ahsoka look suspicious, there was little proof she dedicated the crime of bombing the Jedi Temple. Plus, all of the years Ahsoka labored faithfully for the Jedi and Republic trigger garnered extra allegiance from the Council. Instead, they didn’t stand behind her and exiled her so she’d go in entrance of a army trial as a citizen, not a Jedi. 

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Anakin was livid when this occurred. No one else stood up for her, outwardly. He said that this was their plan from the beginning, no matter what Ahsoka needed to say. So seeing her once more brings up these exhausting emotions for each Anakin and Ahsoka. Not to say, Ahsoka clearly states that the Jedi are “playing politics” once more and selecting Palpatine over a majority of individuals. It exhibits simply how disillusioned she is, and the way Anakin has develop into as nicely. It actually doesn’t take a lot for Palpatine to weasel his method into Anakin’s head. 

This all bleeds into Anakin’s extra damaging view of the Jedi and he involves see them absolutely within the improper. The Jedi principally planted the seed for Palpatine to swoop in and corrupt Anakin additional. This episode is the most important hyperlink audiences have between The Clone Wars Anakin and the Anakin that yells “In my point of view, the Jedi are evil” at Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith. With every little thing he’s gone by, is it proper guilty him for this perspective?

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