It's seemingly a throw-away line, when Ahsoka tells Ezra about Anakin, saying, "The last time I saw him, he was rushing off to save the Chancellor, then everything changed. The war ended, and the Jedi were accused of treason. One by one, they were hunted down."
So when was Anakin rushing off to save the Chancellor? Well, that was in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. In that film, Anakin of course turned against the Jedi, siding with Chancellor Palpatine, who revealed himself as the Sith Lord Sidious, and dubbed him Darth Vader.
The idea of Anakin seeing Ahsoka again at a moment that late in the game, that close to when he turned, is heart-breaking, and also intriguing - what were they doing at the time? Why did Ahsoka come back?
Cast and crew addressed that on Rebels Recon, the aftershow hosted by StarWars.com's Andi Guttierez last night. So, did Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein, who play Anakin and Ahsoka, know about what happened?
"Not really much at all!" Lanter said. "[Showrunner] Dave [Filoni] likes to keep things tight. But Dave is so aware of things. If we needed a piece of that for this performance, he would fill us in."
Filoni said it's a matter of making sure the characters are being truthful, reminding viewers that just because they haven't seen it (or seen it yet), the fifteen years or so between the last season of The Clone Wars and the first season of Rebels exists for those characters.
"I've tried to give as many clues as I can as to what did happen after Ahsoka left the Jedi Order," Filoni explained. "For now, I have to treat the characters with the experience that I know they had. So Ahsoka can't lie and say 'The last time I saw Anakin I walked away from him at the Jedi Temple.' No, no, no! Because she has seen him since then. She was involved in a very important mission at the end of the Clone Wars. We've gotten to tell a very critical piece of her story, one that I wasn't sure we'd get to tell after The Clone Wars stopped."
He did have an ominous-sounding tease about Ahsoka, though. "We're so close now, to the end, so it's exciting."
With a showdown between Ahsoka and Darth Vader, formerly her master Anakin Skywalker on the way this season, that sure doesn't sound good for our favorite former padawan.
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