This Star Wars: The Clone Wars article contains spoilers.
After seven seasons and 12 years of storytelling, The Clone Wars finally came to an end in the explosive series finale “Victory and Death,” which sees heroes Ahsoka Tano and Rex trying to navigate the chaos of Order 66. Trapped inside a Republic cruiser full of brainwashed clone troopers, Ahsoka is forced to free Maul from his cell, so that he can distract the soldiers while she and Rex escape.
Ever the agent of chaos, Maul does just that, destroying the ship’s hyperdrive with the Force in order to rip the ship out of lightspeed on its way to Coruscant. The sudden jolt out of hyperspace sends the ship on a collision course with what looks like a planet we haven’t seen before in the Star Wars universe.
The ship crash lands on the surface of this mysterious “planet,” killing all except Ahsoka, Rex, and Maul, who manage to escape at the last second. In the final scene, we see that Ahsoka and Rex have dug graves for the fallen soldiers as a memorial to them. Before heading off to parts unknown, Ahsoka leaves behind her lightsaber at the gravesite, which Darth Vader finds in his brief cameo in the episode.
The show closes on a very somber note, as both Ahsoka and Anakin end the Clone Wars irrevocably changed. Ahsoka has renounced the Jedi way for good and Anakin has been manipulated into becoming a Sith monster with no one left to turn to. But while the series finale gives fans of The Clone Wars closure in many ways, there’s still one question left to be answered: what “planet” are the characters on in the final scene?
Well, first of all, this isn’t a planet at all, according to Wookieepedia, which confirms that it’s actually a moon. It’s easy to confuse the moon for a planet, though, since it has an atmosphere and foliage and changes in weather — we first see the moon during what looks like its fall season and then later in winter. We usually don’t associate moons with complex environments full of fauna — in this case, we see that at least convorees live on the moon’s surface — and foliage. But this isn’t the first time we’ve visited a habitable moon in the Star Wars galaxy.
Habitable moons have appeared in Star Wars since the very first movie. The Rebel base is located on Yavin 4, a moon that orbits the much larger gas giant Yavin. Unlike the Rebel moon, the planet is uninhabitable. Later, in Return of the Jedi, the heroes journey to Endor, which is a forest moon orbiting the planet…Endor (although the Ewoks refer to the planet as “Tana”). In The Rise of Skywalker, Rey, Poe, and Finn visit Kef Bir, another Endor moon.
As far as The Clone Wars‘ mysterious moon, Disney hasn’t named it yet, but it doesn’t mean it won’t ever get a name. Future stories may retroactively identify the moon with a proper name as an easter egg or as the setting of a book or comic. Who knows, maybe Ahsoka will return to this moon one day, propelled by the Force energy left behind by Anakin’s presence. But since we know that Darth Vader and Ahsoka won’t meet until Rebels season 2, she’ll have just missed him.