WARNING: The following contains spoilers for this week's Star Wars Rebels episode, "A World Between Worlds."
As Star Wars Rebels approaches its final trio of episodes next week, the series will have to wrap up everything possible in a nice little bow to coincide with the events of both Rogue One and the original trilogy. That makes it all the more surprising when this week's second episode, "A World Between Worlds," brings back the fan favorite character Ahsoka Tano and reveals her fate.
Of all the new character additions to the Star Wars history, Ahsoka has one of the most eventful histories. In Lucasfilm's first effort to expand on the prequel trilogy history, a CG film for the Clone Wars was released in 2008, and Ahsoka was the audience surrogate character who also served as Anakin Skywalker's apprentice. The movie itself was...not received too well, and many found Ahsoka to be just an annoying character, which certainly didn't endear her when the CG Clone Wars series debuted on Cartoon Network months later. Some disliked her for her immaturity, others for her outfit--whatever reason people had, she got off on the wrong foot thanks to the movie.
It took time, but Clone Wars the show soon turned Ahsoka into one of its best characters. Through her viewpoint, the show was able to dig into the bigger moral complexities about Jedi, their creed, and the Clone War itself that the prequel films didn't really dig into until Revenge of the Sith in 2005, and even then, those moments were brief and somewhat confusing. Going back through Clone Wars, watching her grow and mature is an interesting focus in character development, and highlights the benefit of Clone Wars' approach to anthology-based, multi-episode arcs.
Over the course of five years, she went from just being an audience POV character to a vital part of the Clone Wars history, and she's been around long enough and done so much that it's truly hard to believe what the universe would be like without her. For one thing, we certainly wouldn't have one of the coolest multikills in Star Wars history.
The show was so good that it made you forget the giant contradiction that was her whole character; where the heck was she during Order 66 and Anakin's fall from grace? Everyone was certain that she would end up dead at some point in the series, but instead, Clone Wars answered that question in its final episode on Cartoon Network: after being accused of a terrorist attack and murder and found innocent, she left the Order in its entirety.