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The timing of the reference couldn’t be extra suspicious. Ventress, a fan-favorite Nightsister villain-turned-sorta-anti-hero, died within the remaining days of the Clone Wars, and now she’s being referenced on a present about witches who’re shifting their useless sisters out of their catacombs, presumably to resurrect them? To not point out that she’s a favourite of Filoni’s, and he’s even thought of bringing her again from the useless up to now.
“We had Mika Gray, who, initially, early on, was really Asajj Ventress within the storyline. That was going to be an older model of Asajj Ventress. And that was [Dave] Filoni’s thought,” Star Wars Resistance author and producer Brandon Auman revealed to the Mates of the Drive podcast (via Screen Rant) in 2021. Filoni and the remainder of the animated collection’ inventive group initially deliberate to deliver Ventress ahead to the Sequel Trilogy period for that present, the place she would at one level face off towards one other massive Star Wars villain. “We had been even gonna have a scene the place Asajj Ventress takes on Kylo Ren. That was one thing that we had mentioned very early on.”
That didn’t find yourself taking place, after all. As of this writing, Ventress’ final chronological look within the canon was within the novel Darkish Disciple by Christie Golden, during which she sacrificed herself to avoid wasting Quinlan Vos, a Jedi she fell in love with through the Clone Wars (you heard his identify referenced on Obi-Wan Kenobi). That e book was initially meant to be an eight-part story arc on The Clone Wars earlier than the collection was canceled in 2014, so it’s clear Filoni at all times meant to discover much more with the character — or at the very least present her story with some closure on display screen.
Properly, bringing her again on Ahsoka could possibly be that chance. Apparently, the character was really born out of idea artwork for an unused Sith character in Assault of the Clones, earlier than she ultimately made her onscreen debut within the Clone Wars microseries on Cartoon Community in 2003, so she’s at all times been type of destined to look in reside motion, anyway. And Ahsoka has already foreshadowed the Nightsisters’ means to resurrect darkish siders. Actually, they appeared to just do that with Marrok, a former Inquisitor whose physique let loose a mysterious inexperienced smoke when he died earlier within the season, suggesting he’d been a product of the witches’ darkish magick all alongside. In concept, it could work the identical approach with a resurrected Ventress.
Now, whereas the Nightsisters’ catacomb plan and this reference within the penultimate episode of Ahsoka have added gasoline to the fan theory of Ventress’ resurrection, there’s one little element that technically derails the entire thing: we all know that her physique was laid to relaxation on Dathomir, the Nightsisters’ adopted homeworld, on the finish of Darkish Disciple. So why would she be in a coffin within the catacombs of Peridia, which is positioned in a totally completely different galaxy? Properly, she doesn’t should be.
We’ve but to study the place in New Republic house the Chimaera is headed to if/when it leaves Peridia. However it could make a little bit of sense for his or her first cease to be Dathomir, the place the Nice Moms would presumably have much more useless sisters to resurrect and add to their numbers. Maybe that’s the deal Thrawn made with the Nightsisters: they assist him make his approach again to the galaxy far, distant and he transports them again to Dathomir in order that they’ll rebuild their coven, together with by reviving one Asajj Ventress.
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