The tragic story of Anakin Skywalker comes at the expense of the whole Republic, all Jedi, and more. Star Wars is built on hope, as Jynn Erso might say, but there are many, many points in the canon where hope is just not in the cards for these characters. And with something like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you already know it’s going to end badly. But still, there were a few moments when – if the characters had chosen a different route – Anakin Skywalker could have been saved from the dark side. A huge one involved Mace Windu and Ahsoka. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Season 7].
Ahsoka’s trial really brought out the bad side of the Jedi
To begin, it is important to remember the relationship between these two characters. Master Windu, in the movies, is a stern master who was really the voice of reason, if not a bit cynical. But in the show, you see more of the character and how some of Mace Windu’s actions weren’t as harsh as they were judgmental (and wrongly).
During Ahsoka’s season 5 trial, when she was accused of bombing the Jedi Temple, no one on the Jedi Council defended her. Anakin was adamant that Ahsoka hadn’t, just like her. In addition, the only evidence they had was a soundless video that appeared to show his Force to smother the only suspect they had. Despite the lack of additional evidence and Ahsoka’s admirable track record and dedication to the Jedi, they decided to banish her from the Order so that she could be tried as a citizen.
Obi-Wan and Plo Koon did not seem satisfied with this result, although they did not come to support her like Anakin. And when it was all over, and his name erased, Mace Windu was the most casual about the conflicts that Ashoka had had to go through, thanks to the Council.
Plo Koon apologized, and even though masters Saesee Tiin and Ki-Adi-Mundi did not do so, they both talked about how his strength really helped him. But Mace Windu took no guilt and instead said it had to happen. It was her “big test”, which she doesn’t take well. She decides to leave the Order soon after.
Windu’s dismissal of Ahsoka reinforced his distrust of the Jedi, which made Ahsoka forget Maul’s vision
So, fast forward to season 7, and Ahsoka has his last meeting with the Council after defeating Maul. Yoda thanks her, whom she says she renders in the service of the Republic, as a citizen. Not yet a Jedi, but coming back to the Order seems like something she’s playing with, but she has to speak with Anakin first.
When Mace Windu informs her that Anakin is informing the Chancellor of Obi-Wan’s current fight with General Grievous, she says the war may soon end. Windu makes a cryptic remark about how it depends on Palpatine, and of course Ahsoka wants to know what he means. However, he replied patronizingly: “I am sorry citizen, these matters must be discussed by the council. Her little eye and her resigned look speak volumes.
This moment did two things. This confirmed to Ahsoka that she had made the right decision to leave the Order. Nothing has changed and the reasons for his departure are still valid. It also reminds him of his distrust of the Council.
These two reminders prevented Ahsoka from speaking to the Council about Maul’s vision that Anakin was being treated by Palpatine. If she had told Yoda, it would have caused them to have a tighter leash on Anakin, perhaps. They also reportedly ended Anakin’s contact with Palpatine. They knew that Anakin had spent a ton of time with the chancellor; since they were so careful with Anakin, for starters, Ahsoka’s reports would have changed the outcome, even slightly. But she did not share the vision.
Ahsoka was really trying to protect Anakin from Council judgment
It wasn’t necessarily a matter of hiding information from the Jedi Council, for Ahsoka. Yes, she had her grievances with them, but she would not have done so if she had information that she deemed revolutionary. But it was no longer a time to protect Anakin because she believed so much does not have have important information.
Ahsoka was so adamant that Maul’s vision of Anakin’s turn to the dark side was wrong. So why would she tell the Jedi Council if she also knew they didn’t trust her former master. Having Mace Windu remind Ahsoka of everything that is wrong with the Order, and also that they recently entrusted Anakin with a mission he despised (spying on the Chancellor), Ahsoka does not want to give them more reason to be beware of Anakin. And, again, she thinks that Maul’s vision is wrong anyway.
No one can deny what Ahsoka’s departure did to Anakin. Not only did he lose one of his closest ties – which we know he doesn’t handle too well – but it also opened his eyes more to the Jedi’s faults. This was added to Palpatine’s manipulations later. And now we see how To close Ahsoka had to reach him before he turned around. Could she have changed things? May be. But we will never know.