With the reveal on the season finale of Rebels and the mysterious image connected to Marvel’s Darth Vader seen here hit the jump to see our speculation on what this may mean for the survivors of Order 66.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW
With Ahsoka being revealed as the mysterious Fulcrum in Star Wars Rebels, and in turn one of the leaders of the Rebellion, the question of what was her fate by Episode IV now comes into question. Having a former Jedi in their pocket would’ve been something Rebel leaders would’ve mentioned to Luke. Thus I have personally speculated that the fate of Ahsoka will be addressed in Rebels.
Ahsoka was a character created for TV, with her reveal in The Clone Wars as Anakin’s padawan. Upon her reveal the huge question loomed of how they were going to address the fact she wasn’t mentioned in Episode III (for practical reasons of course). I feel one of the great highpoints of The Clone Wars was how they handled the challenge of Ahsoka, having her turn her back on the Jedi Order. What remained was the question of what happened to her before Episode IV. In my opinion Rebels, a TV series like The Clone Wars, is the perfect choice of the medium to express her fate. We do not know yet what will become of Ahsoka but I am certain that the creative time behind Rebels will provide a fitting end to the story of our beloved Snips, and one that fits into the greater context of the new Star Wars canon.
With the image posted at the start of the article it appears that our favorite Anti-hero of the Jedi Order, Quinlan Vos, may have survived Order 66 in canon. Vos was already declared a survivor in Legends, but the fate of several Jedi have changed in the switch over to the new canon (such as Depa Billaba and Shaak Ti). The connection with the image above and Quinlan Vos stems mostly from the upcoming novel Dark Disciple.
While Dark Disciple takes place during the Clone Wars, note the colors of the Vos’s and Ventress’s lightsaber, yellow and green. When tied together with the image of Vader used earlier the similarities are very apparent. At first it was believed by many that the Green and Yellow lightsabers may be an indication of Ahsoka Tano’s dual wielding, but with Asokha revealed as using grey lightsabers in the upcoming season of Rebels that leaves Vos and Ventress as the only other well known examples of Yellow and Green blades. It is worth noting that Vos is a personal favorite character of George Lucas who may have asked that his story be given a concrete ending instead of assuming him dead amongst the rest of the Jedi in Order 66.
Vos is a character brought to us from the comics, in a sense giving rise to the darker character he has represented in the Star Wars universe. Just as Ahsoka’s fate should be addressed in her medium, Vos deserves an ending that best fits his story which is what a comic brings. That is why I firmly believe that the green lightsaber depicted in the image is Vos’s own and the upcoming Darth Vader comics will reveal how Vos survived Order 66 and his eventual end.
A long time fan-favorite who developed from Villain to Anti-Villain to Anti-Hero as the Clone Wars progressed. Including Ventress among Vos and Ahsoka stretches the definition of “Jedi” to its extremes. But as a powerful force user her eventual fate needs explanation as her hatred of those who betrayed her would make her a powerful threat. Whereas other Sith originating threats such as Maul have been given a relative end to their story, Ventress has yet to receive hers. With the upcoming novel focusing on her and Quinlan Vos and the image of the two crossed lightsabers fighting Vader I feel that Ventress may end her story alongside Vos.
Now there are other loose ends, most notably Kanan and Ezra, but the main inspiration for this speculation stems from the Marvel image. With the reveal of Ahsoka wielding gray (edit- white) lightsabers it suggests that Ventress and Vos’s story won’t end with Dark Disciple and we will get one last opportunity to see the two great Anti-Heroes of Star Wars battles its greatest villain. In time I expect the new canon to address just about every loose end in the era between Episode III and Episode IV, but until then we have the opportunity to speculate.
It is also worth noting that Marvel has deleted the image since it was first posted, fear of early spoilers has been common speculation on that matter. Feel free to express your views/speculations in the comments or join us at The Cantina