50 Most Memorable Moments from Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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12. The Chosen One

Episode:  Season 3 Episodes 15-17:  Overlords, Altar of Mortis, Ghosts of Mortis

"Episode Summary: A mysterious force draws Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka to a distant planet, and its inhabitants — a family of exceptionally powerful Force-wielders — in an attempt to determine whether Anakin is truly the Chosen One. The patriarch of this family, known only as the Father, has spent ages maintaining the balance between his Daughter, who is strong with the light side of the Force, and his Son, who aligns with the dark. The Father reveals his days are numbered, and he seeks Anakin to take his place as the fulcrum of this balance. A series of tests proves that Anakin is capable of controlling both offspring, as the Father does, but Skywalker refuses to take the Father’s place. Before the Jedi can leave Mortis, the Son takes Ahsoka captive in an attempt to entice Anakin into joining him to use their combined strength to overpower his Father and Sister. To this end, the Son casts Ahsoka under the spell of the dark side. Meanwhile, the Father attempts to stave off a disastrous showdown between his children and maintain the Force’s increasingly precarious balance on the planet. Fearing that the Son may be unstoppable, the Daughter does the forbidden by taking Obi-Wan Kenobi to the Altar of Mortis, wherein is kept the Dagger of Mortis, a weapon capable of killing a Force-wielder. The Son steals the weapon, and attempts to use it against his Father to steal his power and end his rule, but the Daughter sacrifices herself, placing herself in front of the blade. The Jedi remain stranded on Mortis, and the Son, aligned with the dark side of the Force, renews his efforts to convert Anakin as the Jedi prepare for a decisive confrontation. Anakin is stunned by images of his dark future. The Son promises him the power to avert this destiny. The Father recognizes that the Son has broken the rules of time. He wipes Anakin’s memory of these future visions, and steals the Mortis Dagger to end the conflict. The Father impales himself, thus preventing the Son from stealing his power. The Son, stunned by this, is run through by Anakin. With all three Force-wielders destroyed, the imbalance in the Force disappears on Mortis. The three Jedi are transplanted back to the galaxy proper, apparently at the moment that they disappeared."

The Moment: Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka are mysteriously taken to the Unknown Regions, where they visit a planet called Mortis, which is very strong in the Force. There, Anakin learns that he is to maintain balance in the galaxy like the Father does with his Son and Daughter on that very planet.

Why It’s Memorable: I have to admit, this episode is so confusing. I’ve watched it so many times and have even listened to interviews with Lucas and Filoni and I am still as lost at what is going on as ever. I do know that it symbolizes Anakin’s role in balancing the Force, in some way.

Ahsoka’s experience in the world has a connection to her current fate in Rebels, but I’m not exactly sure how. Let’s hope we find out soon. Or better yet, maybe we aren’t meant to know and that’s the beauty of it!