50 Most Memorable Moments from Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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17. Ventress is betrayed by her Master

Episode:  Season 3 Episode 12: Nightsisters 

"Episode Summary: Troubled by Asajj Ventress’ growing prowess with the dark side of the Force, Darth Sidious commands Count Dooku to eliminate her. But Ventress survives Dooku’s assassination attempt, and the jilted former apprentice vows to take revenge, enlisting the aid of her kinswomen — the mystical Nightsisters — in her sinister scheme. Mother Talzin, leader of the Nightsisters, veils Asajj and her fellow assassins in a cloak of invisibility, and they infiltrate Dooku’s palace on Serenno. Though they fail to kill the Count, their use of captured Jedi lightsabers leads Dooku to mistakenly believe that the Jedi have tried to kill him. Interested in protection, he requests a new apprentice from Mother Talzin."

The Moment: While recovering from her assassination attempt at the hands of her former Master, Asajj has a vision of her past and what lead her to that exact moment in time. Her mother (Talzin) uses some old Nightsister magic to restore her back to health.

Why It’s Memorable: I’m not sure what is in the water and within the witch-magic on Dathomir, but boy do I want a taste of that! That power source was able to turn a skilled warrior in Savage into an unstoppable force of evil, repair a broken and derangement Maul, and also restore Asajj, making her more powerful in the process.

In her Force vision, we see that Asajj was once a Jedi padawan but then lost her Master at an adolescent age when he was killed by a bounty hunter. That loss opened her up to the Dark Side and shows that she was more a victim than a villain, much like Vader and Maul.

The betrayal of Asajj by Dooku shifts her down a different trajectory that was unexpected for the Sith hopeful. This begins her path towards family ties, life as a bounty hunter, finding true love, and ultimately being redeemed back to the light.