We’re finally here. With “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 7 Episode 11 “Shattered” dropping a few days ago, and the series set to conclude tomorrow, we’ve finally arrived at the infamous Order 66 as seen in “Star Wars: Episode III,” in which the Grand Army of the Republic is ordered to kill all known Jedi Knights.
And apparently then some.
Watching this season, I was wondering if the clones would pass over Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) seeing as, in Season 7, she has left the Jedi Order, and is technically just a civilian. The show even makes such a big deal of this fact that when she teams up with the Republic, Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) stops Ahsoka’s former master and mentor Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) from giving her a group of clones to command, seeing as she technically has no rank in the Republic. Instead, in order for them to carry out her mission on the siege of Mandalore, Skywalker has to promote longtime friend Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) to a commander, allowing Ahsoka to accompany him as an advisor and assigned Rex to complete her mission.
So by the time Order 66 hits, Ahsoka is not a Jedi and is barely a part of the Grand Army of the Republic, yet the clones try to kill her anyways. Additionally, they also try to kill former Sith Lord Darth Maul (Sam Witwer), who at this point can only be described as an independent force user.
So Order 66 apparently applies to force users who are not Jedi. In fact, the order is so broad that it also applies to force users who are direct enemies of the Jedi, but who are not allies to Darth Sidious.
Perhaps tomorrow’s episode will address this, but if not, it either represents a huge plot hole with Order 66, or that we were lied to all along with what Order 66 entailed. It also implies that Sidious’s feud goes well beyond the Jedi; that he was aiming to wipe out all other force users in general, even the neutral ones like Ahsoka, whom he had no direct quarrel with.
The episode did mention that Maul and Ahsoka were tagged for termination, so perhaps the inhibitor chips that activate the order are more complex mechanisms than we think. It could very well be a database/hive collective very similar to what Clone Trooper Echo was hooked into in the beginning of Season 7, in which case the former apprentice of Anakin Skywalker and Sidious’s former apprentice would be prime subjects for termination, even though they are not Jedi Knights. I’m leaning on this theory so far, as great shows never show anything without a reason, and if the Clone inhibitor chips function like what Echo was plugged into, showing Echo would have been a useful way for viewers to understand its concept.
I also theorize that the group trying to break into where Rex and Ahsoka are at the end of Episode 11 are indeed the Bad Batch troops we met earlier, whose inhibitor chips might not work because of their irregularities, but I guess we’ll see if I’m right tomorrow.