Clone Wars Season 7’s Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos
The final season of Star Wars the Clone Wars is full of references to the past and future of many of its characters as well as nods to where the galaxy far, far away is headed, and some interesting and expertly executed links to Revenge of the Sith. In this post, we’re taking a look at Clone Wars Season 7’s Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos.
The Outer Rim Sieges
In the seventh season’s first arc Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu and their Clone legions are engaged with Admiral Trench in the Outer Rim Sieges. The first time fans hear about this part of the conflict was in Revenge of the Sith, when Padmé and Anakin are reunited. This is the first hint at how close the season is to the events of Revenge of the Sith.
During the Bad Batch arc, The Galactic Republic is encamped at a shipyard on Anaxes, named Fort Anaxes. The fort first appeared in Star Wars Rebels’ first season where it was noted that it had been abandoned since the Clone Wars.
“Do you know what’s going on?”
As the Clones infiltrate the Separatist base during the first episode, there is a quick scene that sees two droids talking. One asks the other “Do you know what’s going on?” before the attacking Clones kill the two. This is a direct reference, in both how the droids are stood and the line itself, to a scene in A New Hope, where one Stormtrooper asks another “Do you know what’s going on?”.
Throughout the Clone barracks on Anaxes, and the Bad Batch’s ship is what appears to be a movie poster that when translated from the Star Wars language Arabesh into English means “Space Battles”, a fun nod to an in-universe version of Star Wars itself.
In a scene glimpsed in the Season 7 trailer, Anakin and Padmé have a conversation via hologram. Although Anakin doesn’t notice, Padmé is clearly showing early signs of pregnancy. But what is most interesting about the scene is that both Rex and Obi-Wan know that Anakin is sneaking off to talk to Padmé, perhaps hinting that they (like Ahsoka) know more about the relationship between the Jedi and the Senator, than anyone realised.
The second episode, A Distant Echo, marks the first on-screen appearance of Skako Minor, the home planet of the Techno Union, a vital member of the Separatist Alliance. The world first appeared in the comic book, Doctor Aphra #15.
A flying version of the “Octuptarra Tri-Droids”, which first appeared in Revenge of the Sith, and then in early seasons of the Clone Wars makes its debut. Another link here is the way Anakin destroys the droid, by jumping onto one of its legs and cutting it, which was in the first season of the show and the Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes video game.
In the fourth episode, Unfinished Business, the Republic’s Gold Squadron is the one to make a bomber run, just like the Rebellion’s Gold Squadron would try against he Death Star in A New Hope.
Ahsoka crashes on to Crosucant level 1313. This is where she ended up while trying to escape the Jedi during Season 5, as well as the setting for the cancelled live-action Star Wars show “Star Wars Underworld” and the also cancelled video game Star Wars 1313, which looked to be a Boba Fett game.
Pintu, the loan shark type character that Rafa Martez owes money to was planned for the original Season 7 before the show was cancelled. Pintu is based on a concept sketch from Ralph McQuarrie for the Empire Strikes Back. McQuarrie’s designs defined all of Star Wars, and his work was essential to making Star Wars what it is today. The final version was altered to include the Martez sisters, but Pintu remained. Another of his species also appeared in Star Wars Rebels.
There are signs in Rafa’s laundromat that when translated from Arabesh to English say “Landomat” and “Calrissian”, referring to Lando Calrissian, who first appeared in Empire Strikes Back played by Billy Dee Williams, and has since shown up in Solo, played by Donald Glover, and in Star Wars Rebels.
Fighting a Load Lifter Droid
During Ahsoka’s confrontation with the Load Lifter droid, she recalls a previous encounter with a similar droid, which was seen in the first series of Star Wars animated shorts, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.
As Ahsoka joins the Martez sisters, she discovers Rafa’s deal is to deliver Spice from the Spice Mines of Kessel to the Pyke crime gang. Kessel makes it’s second on-screen appearance after being mentioned during Han Solo’s debut in A New Hope, and later appearing in the Solo prequel.
The Silver Angel
The cockpit of the Silver Angel bears a striking resemblance to that of the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels. This is because the Ghosts design was repurposed from the version of the Silver Angel from the unfinished Season 7.
Anakin Letting Ahsoka Pass
When Anakin lets Ahsoka and the Martez sisters pass after being in the military lane above Coruscant, he senses her but lets her go. The scene plays homage to a similar one in Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader knowingly lets Luke, Leia and Han go to Endor. This scene also places this arc before the Bad Batch one as Anakin is above Coruscant rather than in the Outer Rim.
Rafa mentions “Fortune and Glory”, echoing the famous line from Lucasfilm’s second-biggest franchise, Indiana Jones.
Ziro the Hutt
When the Martez sisters explain their lack of faith in the Jedi, they explain how their parents died during Ziro the Hutt’s escape from prison. They retell the events of the Clone Wars Season finale, from their perspective.
The Torture Droid
The torture droid responsible for getting the location of the spice shipment from the Martez sisters and Ahsoka is an EV-9D9. The EV-9D9 type of droid first appeared in Jabba the Hutt’s torture chamber in Return of the Jedi.
The Ithorian that is freed during Ahsoka, Rafa and Trace’s escape from the Pyke’s prison is based on the original Kenner Star Wars toy, Hammerhead. According to the official Star Wars site, several other background characters in the episodes are also based on the Kenner toys.
The Kom’ rk-class Fighter
Bo Kata’s Mandalorian’s ship is a Kom’ rk-class fighter, seen throughout the various Mandalorian arcs, and later in Rebels, and eventually in the fight against Emperor Palpatine above Exegol in The Rise of Skywalker.
Many of the Pyke’s Spice Dockworkers are Toongs, who first appeared during the Pod Race sequence in The Phantom Menace.
Bo-Katan’s New Look
Bo-Katan’s Mandalorian amour has been altered from her Death Watch appearance in earlier seasons and now looks closer to her look in Star Wars Rebels. The colours and general design are also reminiscent of Jango Fett’s armour.
One of the Mandalorians with Bo-Katan is Ursa Wren, the mother of Sabine from Star Wars Rebels.
The Movie Style Intro
The ninth episode, Old Friends Not Forgotten, begins with a special introduction. The episode starts with simple green text saying “A Lucasfilm Ltd Production”, followed by a red Clone Wars logo and instead of the Clone Wars theme, the original Star Wars opening crawl music, ending on the title of the episode.
Caleb Dune and Depa Billaba
During the introduction for episode Nine, there is a scene of a Jedi Hologram meeting. Amongst the Jedi present is Jedi Master Depa Billaba and her young Padawan Caleb Dume. Caleb survives Order 66, thanks to his master’s sacrifice, and eventually changes his name to Kanan Jarrus, one of Star Wars Rebels’ main characters. According to Dave Filoni, the mind behind both Clone Wars and Rebels, although Kanan/Caleb and Ahsoka didn’t know each other, they had met and trained together. The full story of Kanan/Caleb’s survival and journey into the early rebellion features in the comic book “Kanan: The Last Padawan”, and then in Star Wars Rebels.
During the scene where Depa Billaba and Caleb Dune can be seen amongst other Jedi around a hologram table, Clone Commander Bly is next to Aayla Secura. Bly then appears with Ayla Secura on Felucia. Bly is a trained ARC trooper and appears throughout the Clone Wars series. He eventually turns on Secura during Order 66 and kills her, as seen in Revenge of the Sith.
Also at the Jedi hologram table is Commander Bacara, who has a rather distinctive helmet. Bacara’s Clone Trooper designation is CC-1138, a reference to George Lucas’s first film THX 1138. The seventh season of the Clone Wars is Bacara’s first appearance in the series, and his only one since Revenge of the Sith, where he leads Ki-Adi-Mundi’s execution (who he is stood with at the Hologram table).
Before Order 66
Foreshadowing Order 66 a montage shows Ayla Secura on Felucia and Plo Koon piloting a Jedi Starfighter. Both foreshadow the ultimate fate of the characters, which is shown in the Order 66 sequence in Revenge of the Sith – Secura is killed by Commander Bly and the clones on Felucia and Plo Koon is shot down by his clone comrades.
Ahsoka uses the handle “Fulcrum” to contact Anakin. This foreshadows her using the code name during the first season of Star Wars Rebels. The name is later used by other characters in Rebels and by Cassian Andor in Rogue One.
Anakin’s initial response to the name Fulcrum is asking if it is Saw Gerrera. Gerrera first appeared in the Season 5 Clone wars episode, A War on Two Fronts. He then returned, played by Forrest Whittaker in Rogue One, again in Star Wars Rebels, and the Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order video game.
Gar Saxon and Rook Kast
Initially planned for the unfinished episodes of the Clone Wars, the Mandalorian Gar Saxon first appeared in the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic, which showed much of Maul’s planned arc including his escape from Palpatine and the death of Mother Talzin. Saxon, who is part of clan Vizsla, went on to play a crucial role in the Mandalorian arc in Star Wars Rebels and appears again in Season 7 as one of Maul’s loyal lieutenants. Another of Maul’s Mandalorians is Rook Kast, who like Saxon also first appeared in the Darth Maul son of Dathomir comic. Kast is voiced by Vanessa Marshall, who voiced Hera Syndulla in Rebels. Kast was also part of the inspiration behind the Rebels character Sabine Wren.
Grievous Attacks Coruscant
Before Anakin and Obi-Wan can help Ahsoka on Mandalore, they are called to Coruscant as General Grievous has attacked the republic Captial. This places the episode immediately before Revenge of the Sith and establishes why Ahsoka and Rex are absent from the movie.
Maul reveals he had a vision that showed Anakin’s fate as Darth Vader. Maul seemingly intended to kill Anakin before Palpatine could turn him to the Dark Side. Maul also mentions that although Sidious never revealed his full plan to Maul, Maul now understands what Sidious is doing.
Obi-Wan talks to Ahsoka during her mission on Mandalore, for him, this is right in the middle of Revenge of the Sith. He mentions that he has been sent after Grevious, as well as Anakin being assigned to spy on Chancellor Palpatine. Obi-Wan asks Ahsoka to talk to Anakin, hoping this will help him as he struggles to balance he allegiance to the Jedi and the Chancellor.
Maul’s Force Interrogation
As seen in the trailer, Maul uses the Force to painfully probe Arc trooper Jesse’s mind. The scene is very reminiscent of Kylo Ren in the Force Awakens, which was the debut of this kind of Force mind reading.
Dryden Vos and Maul’s Crime Syndicate
During the tenth episode, The Phantom Apprentice, Maul tells the various families of his Crime syndicate, the Shadow collective, to go into hiding. The leader of The Black Sun, Ziton Moj, and the leader of the Pyke’s Marg Krim can be seen, but the most interesting cameo is a young Dryden Vos. Seemingly already in charge of Crimson Dawn years before he apparels in Solo, where Paul Bettany plays him.
The Return of Ray Park
The return of Darth Maul, who is voiced by Sam Witwer, managed to bring back Maul’s original actor Ray Park from the Phantom Menace (although there his voice was dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz). Park returned to perform motion capture for Maul’s epic fight with Ahsoka.
The Council’s Plan
Ahsoka talks to the Jedi council in a previously unseen part of a conversation from Revenge of the Sith. The discussion, which sees the council discussing whether or not Palpatine will give up his emergency powers, continued after the scene ends in the live-action movie. This part of the discussion involved Ahsoka explaining how she had captured Maul and would deliver him to the Jedi.
As the final episodes of the Clone Wars run alongside Revenge of the Sith, the Clones turn on Ahsoka as Order 66 is executed. Both Maul and Ahsoka sense the shift in the Force, and Ahsoka senses Anakin’s decision to kill Mace Windu and join Darth Sidious. As she does, she hears their confrontation which reuses the dialogue from Revenge of the Sith rather than has the show’s voice actors recreate it.
“I Am One With the Force”
After Order 66 is initiated and Clone Commander Rex leads the attack against Ahsoka (for whom he has special orders to kill despite her not being a Jedi any more), Ahsoka captures Rex and locates his control chip. As she searches for it with the Force she says “I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me”, echoing the line from Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Îmwe, seen in Rogue One.
Ahsoka and Rex bury the fallen Clones along with faking their own deaths, leaving Ahoska’s light sabers to sell the ruse. Although someone may question who actually buried all of them, by the time it is discovered it appears to be years later. Ahsoka’s fake grave is referenced in the 2016 novel Ahsoka, from E. K. Johnston, which details Ahsoka’s story while hiding from the Empire.
The final scene fittingly shows Darth Vader discovering Ahsoka’s “grave”. Symbolising the true end of the War and transition into the Empire with the debut of Vader, Snowtroopers, and Empire class starships.
Flying above Darth Vader as he finds Ahsoka’s lightsaber is a Convor, the bird that has become strongly associated with Ahsoka. Appearing first in Season 3 episode Padawan Lost, the bird later appeared throughout Rebels almost whenever Ahsoka appeared or was referenced.