In what could be his final live-action appearance, Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker left messages for his one-time Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. In Ahsoka episode 7, he namechecks a handful of villains she should be wary of in the then-upcoming war: Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Asajj Ventress.
While the first two will be familiar to most Star Wars fans, it’s Ventress who could raise a few eyebrows for those who bypassed The Clone Wars series.
Ventress, an assassin trained by Dooku in the ways of the Dark Side, is a hugely complex Star Wars character. A constant thorn in the side of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin, she longed to be considered a Sith, but was eventually betrayed by her master and later embraced her Nightsister past. Ventress then sided with the forces of good, sacrificing herself to save her lover Quinlan Vos.
Her history with the franchise, however, goes back even further – to Attack of the Clones. Previously-surfaced concept art from artist Dermot Power shows that Ventress – or someone resembling her – was supposed to play a significant role in Episode 2, potentially supplanting Count Dooku as that movie’s villain.
“Sith design from #AttackOfTheClones. Character became Assaj Ventress in #TheCloneWars and various comics and books. I've seen some beautiful work done with the character. Still wish Lucas went for her as the Sith though.” - Dermot Power #StarWars https://t.co/M06SuIi2Uc pic.twitter.com/OFR9K0j1iyJanuary 29, 2020
Never one to waste a good idea, Lucasfilm eventually took the character design, and her trademark curved lightsabers, and introduced the character in The Clone Wars. Despite Anakin’s warning, Ahsoka and Ventress clashed a handful of times – with the pair even teaming up on one occasion.
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