Star Wars: Dave Filoni Talks Ending Clone Wars On His Own Terms

Star Wars: The Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni has been fortunate to be able to finish despite the series having three different homes. Following the 2008 animated film of the same name, the television series originally premiered on Cartoon Network where it lasted five seasons before its cancellation in 2013. The following year, the series found a new home on Netflix, which allowed Filoni to help tie loose ends from the show to the theatrical Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In the sixth season, titled "The Lost Missions", fans got a chance to see among other things how Yoda came to understand the spirit world that comes into play in the original trilogy films. What was originally thought to be the end, Filoni unveiled a true definitive final season on Disney+ nearly six years later which follows The Clone Wars' main character Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) during the events of Episode III. The final episodes saw how she deals with the Emperor's infamous Order 66 before ultimately going to exile before the events of Rebels. Filoni spoke to the Nerdist on what the final season on Disney+ allowed him to do.

Star Wars: Dave Filoni Talks Ending Clone Wars' on His Terms
Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Image courtesy of Lucasfilm

"It was tricky," Filoni said. "It's really a combination of several things at play there. One of them was definitely that some of the episodes you saw were very far along in the pipeline. So, for example, the Bad Batch pipeline was just about ready to go into animation. It wasn't animated when we shut down before, but it was right there. So it seemed natural to do those episodes. Also, I felt very strongly that we needed to have a clone-centric arc to remind the audience or to bring a new audience in that maybe hadn't watched The Clone Wars before. Since we were going to be on Disney+, [I wanted] to familiarize them with these characters and who they are and what they're like. That was an important arc to do." Other things he wanted to focus on include shifting the focus back to Ahsoka following the events of season five when she left the Jedi Order still trying to make sense of her purpose retaining the desire to help others.

"The second arc was also one that was in production at various levels, but I hadn't felt that we'd actually nailed the story yet," Filoni said. "It went through a lot of different revisions to reach its final form with Trace and Rafa. And that story arc was important because you have to frame Ahsoka's story and her ultimate ending with what the world is like outside the one she knows. How is this Clone War affecting regular people? What's the impact on that? And she needs that perspective in order to even consider going back into the world of the Jedi and the combat and the fighting because she has to understand what she's fighting for and what she represents. She needs a point of view that's not her own." Other stories he tackled were the Seige of Mandalore, reuniting Ahsoka and Anakin reminding the audience the bond they had, and how Ahsoka saves Rex from the influence of Order 66. You can check out the rest of the interview at The Nerdist.

About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.

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