Well, Ahsoka Tano is dead in the Star Wars universe at least. For those of you that may not follow the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you have never heard of Ahsoka Tano. Ahsoka Tano was not in any of the movies. That makes Ahsoka’s death even more sad considering that Tano is now going to be featured in a fifth season of a series about a roughly three year war. Tano is presented as Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan. She is never mentioned in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This makes some sense in that she was probably created after the movie was wrapped. That makes the question of her death as well as the fact that she was not mentioned in Episode III even more disturbing.
There are a few possibilities, and all of them get gradually more horrific Let’s start with the ‘happiest’ way that this could happen. Don’t give me any ‘expanded universe’ on this either. What is the happiest outcome? Tano dies heroically in the Clone Wars. The shattering effect is so much that neither Anakin or Obi Wan can mention her name. If Dooku killed her outright, then Anakin’s decision at the beginning of Revenge of the Sith to cut off Dooku’s hands and then decapitate him all the more understandable. It becomes like Chris Rock talking about O. J. Simpson killing Nicole. Its not right, but I understand.
The second outcome is slightly more detached but a little more disturbing. Tano was killed in the purge. Anakin cut a lot of ties with his fellow Knights that day. If Obi Wan and Yoda would be enemies, then so would Tano. Sith could not possibly address everything or even show much more than prominent members of the council getting killed. Tano was simply one of a horde of nameless that were killed that day. Obi Wan went to Anakin to avenge all of them.
Sadly, there is also the third possibility. Most of those killed in the initial purge at the Temple were killed by Anakin personally. They were referred to as “younglings” but there was at least one teenager there. Obi Wan and Yoda watched the replay of all the killings. No one had a chance against the new Lord Vader at this point. It did not matter to Vader who was killed. They were all traitors. This possibility would actually turn Tano from a cartoon caricature into the saddest most tragic character in the Star Wars universe. This raises the possibility that Tano died fighting her own Master protecting the younglings Anakin was about to slaughter. It raises the possibility that Anakin was successful in teaching her right from wrong. It also raises the possibility that his last lesson was one of betrayal. That is a tragedy that is almost Shakespearean.
The fourth possibility is that Tano lived past the first day of the Purge. Kenobi makes it clear that Luke is the last of the order. That would mean in the ensuing years Tano died. She died while she was on the run. She spent years learning at the feet of Anakin and working with Clone Troopers. However long she lived, these would be the very people now hunting her. She would not be able to make contact with any one else she knew. This would make the Clone Wars the happy years. Whether Tano lived a day after Order 66 or ten years, there is little matter. Everyone she ever knew turned on her. She would never even be able to discuss the best years of her life for fear that being found out would result in certain death. These would be bitter frightened years from which death would almost be a relief.
Lets be as unrealistically optimistic as possible. Lets say that Tano was somehow a forgotten footnote. Lets say that she somehow escaped everyone’s notice including Kenobi and Yoda for two decades. Imagine if Tano (who would have grown hardened and lethal) fought and scrapped out an existence racking up a kill count that would have earned her an honorary spot in the clan McLeod. She makes it. She lived. She was just in such deep hiding that the period of Episodes IV-VI just did not happen to involve her. It is entirely possible. If you do not have a ‘cool profression’ in the Star Wars universe, then … well have you ever looked at the people in the background in those movies? Pretty horrific stuff. Lets imagine Tano is still alive. Lets imagine that she is a bitter middle aged murderess all the way to the end of Episode VI. Tano finds out the Empire has been destroyed. She can rejoice that the universe has now been saved by someone with the last name of … Skywalker.
Take all of the possibilities one by one and you will reach the inescapable conclusion that the most doomed character in all of the Star Wars universe will not have a good end. Funny is the fact that she seems like the happiest on in the cartoon.