Max reflects on the heartwrenching epilogue from the final episode of Dave Filoni‘s stellar Star Wars series
Many of my favorite Star Wars moments have already been set in stone long ago and it’s hard to find new ones but I think I may have found one in the epilogue of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. For those of you who haven’t seen it; spoilers ahead. For those of you who have. Let’s take a closer look.
The epilogue does not give us a timeframe of when it takes place but due to the Imperial Stormtroopers’ armor and Imperial Probe Droids; it can be ascertained that it takes place in the early to mid Empire. The ambiguity is extremely refreshing by the way. We see the Empire excavating the remains of the Republic Star Destroyer that went down; presumably with Ahsoka and Rex. Vader, silent except for his trademark wheeze approaches the wreck alone. He bends down in what might be seen as difficult for him due to his size and limited mobility and picks up a snow-covered lightsaber. It is Ahsoka’s.
Vader presumably recognizes it and says nothing. He ignites it and stares into the sky where a bird flys. Nothing is said; not a word. Vader likely reflects on everything he has lost and in those moments; realizes he is truly and forever alone. He deactivates the weapon and walks away. He doesn’t even bother to further explore. He is done and the story of The Clone Wars is officially over. The deepness combined with the ambiguity of this scene makes it so powerful and one that must be watched over and over again.
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Max Nocerino is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he channels his passion frequently!