The animated anthology series Star Wars: The Clone Wars had three series endings due to the show leaving Cartoon Network after the fifth season.
Star Wars: Clone Wars had three different series endings, at the end of seasons 5, 6 and 7. The animated anthology originally aired on Cartoon Network from 2008 to 2013, after the end of the fifth season. Production on the sixth season was already underway when Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network parted ways, leaving the series homeless. Fortunately, Lucasfilm was able to stream season six on Netflix in 2014, but this was only a temporary stop. In 2019, the show finally found a permanent home on Disney Plus, where the seventh and final season premiered in 2020.
Season 5 was a mild suspense that ended with a shocking reveal. At the time, with no security for an upcoming season and no loose ends tied up, it wasn’t the ideal conclusion to a series finale. Season 6, on the other hand, concluded things on an optimistic view. The approach established not only the end of the war, but what will come next, ushering in the original trilogy.
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Season 6 had a pretty solid series finale, but season 7 tied it all together much better to the rest of the franchise. While Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith leaks into the background of season 7, it’s more for cementing the timeline, as the finale ending doesn’t focus on Anakin Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi, but on another character. Set, Revenge of the Sith and the season 7 finale offer a full explanation of the tragedy that ends the Jedi. Seasons 5 and 6 may have been final, but season 7 was the conclusion that audiences were waiting for.
Season 5 finale: Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order
In season 5, episode 20 “The Wrong Jedi”, Ahsoka Tano is expelled from the Jedi Order after being accused of an attack on the Jedi temple. When her innocence is proven, she is asked to rejoin, but hesitates: The Jedi did not trust her when it mattered and thus she leaves the Order. Five is a strange series finale, largely because it wasn’t meant to be one, as Lucasfilm had already been working on the next season before leaving Cartoon Network. Therefore, nothing was resolved through this ending, but no one knew when the next season would air or if it definitely would, which made watching fan favorite Ahsoka Tano leave the Jedi stressful and sad. Fortunately, season 5 was not the end.
Season 6 finale: Yoda’s Journey
By the season 6 finale, fans enjoyed a Yoda-centric arc in which he ventured to learn the path of immortality in hopes of saving the Jedi. In the end, Yoda is told crucial information: “There is another Skywalker.Considered the end for six years, this story offers closure (more than Season 5) as it prepares for the next phase. Audiences already knew that Anakin Skywalker would turn to the dark side and that the Jedi Order would fall, along with the Republic, so Lucasfilm focused on the bigger picture and referenced the events after the Clone Wars, slightly establishing the new hope, Luke Skywalker.
Season 7: Order 66
In a dramatic conclusion, Ahsoka Tano and clone commander Captain Rex fought for survival as the clone troopers turned against them during Order 66, the elimination of the Jedi. In the second half of the season, references are made to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, counting down to two important moments; Anakin Skywalker falls to the dark side, followed by the execution of Order 66, significant and heartbreaking events in the Star Wars universe. Since viewers had ideally already seen Anakin’s side in Revenge of the SithIt made sense to show the other side of the juncture, and what this test looked like to those who weren’t in the proverbial eye of the storm.
With that in mind, despite the pressure of this being Star Wars, Clone Wars Real conclusion, it’s safe to say that the season 7 finale is the best.
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