Star Wars: The Clone Wars detailed what may have been the most defining event in the history of the galaxy. It led to the downfall of the Republic and the Jedi Order as well as the establishment of the Empire. There were a lot of players involved, including Asajj Ventress.
Over her short life, Ventress was many things, including being a Nightsister, a Jedi, a Sith, and a bounty hunter. But she was also forgotten. Ventress was left out of the final two seasons of The Clone Wars, though her story did receive closure in another form.
When did Asajj Ventress make her debut?
Primarily known as a villain, Asajj Ventress made her debut in the 2003 micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, this series is no longer considered part of the modern canon and is part of Star Wars Legends.
Asajj Ventress would go on to appear in the 2008 animated film The Clone Wars and then became a recurring antagonist in the ongoing series of the same name. It was through that series that fans got to know the mythology surrounding this popular character.
Asajj Ventress was born on Dathomir to the Nightsisters, a coven of witches who use magic to manipulate the Force. As a baby, she was sold to a criminal in a bargain to protect her clan. When her master was killed by pirates, she was rescued by Jedi Ky Narec.
Narec trained her as a Jedi until he was also killed by pirates. It was at that point she became Count Dooku’s personal assassin and his de facto apprentice. Eventually, he betrayed her at the behest of Darth Sidious which resulted in her becoming a bounty hunter.
Asajj Ventress’ final Clone Wars arc
Ventress became a mainstay of The Clone Wars for the first five seasons, constantly vexing Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano. Her relationship with Obi-Wan was particularly odd as it was almost friendly and flirty, though still adversarial.
Her final appearance would happen in the closing arc of season 5. Ahsoka Tano was framed for serious crimes against both the Republic and the Jedi Order. Asajj Ventress played a role in helping clear her of those accusations and capturing the real perpetrator.
After that, Asajj Ventress disappeared from the world of the Star Wars animated series. She wasn’t even mentioned in seasons 6 and 7. A 2015 novel, Dark Disciple, was based on unused stories from The Clone Wars and at least provided some sort of closure to her story.
Quinlan Vos, a rather disreputable Jedi, and Ventress teamed up to kill Dooku. They ultimately failed, and Vos was turned to the Dark Side. Ventress was killed while bringing him back to the Light. She was laid to rest on Dathomir by Voss and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Asajj Ventress has more story to tell
Leaving Asajj Ventress out of the final two seasons of The Clone Wars made little to no sense. And she wasn’t the only one by far. Cad Bane was completely forgotten about until his recent reappearance in The Bad Batch.
Something similar actually happened to Ahsoka Tano. There was no follow-up to her season 5 cliffhanger in season 6. Rebels brought her back into the story. Then, season 7 of The Clone Wars would connect the dots as to how she and Captain Rex survived Order 66.
But for some reason, the story of Asajj Ventress was left out of all of this. There were ample opportunities to roll her final days into the later seasons of The Clone Wars. The novel was great but it also did not garner the same level of attention that the series got.
With the ever-increasing number of Star Wars series on Disney Plus, there are more chances to give fans closure with Ventress. Some of them certainly read Dark Disciple but there is still more story to tell in relating to her final days than what was even described in it.