MOVIE NEWS – There is perhaps no greater tragedy in the Star Wars universe than when the clone army betrayed the Jedi and slaughtered them on a secret order. But who were the Jedi who survived this bloodbath, and how did they manage to hide from the new empire? A recent article introduces the characters that George Lucas originally wanted to save.
Order 66 was a protocol designed by the Sith to end the Jedi Order. The clone soldiers were controlled by biochips implanted in their brains, which made them turn against their Jedi generals. The order was issued by Chancellor Palpatine, after his identity as Darth Sidious was revealed. Most of the Jedi died in this attack, but some managed to escape.
The most well-known survivors were Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who hid on Tatooine and Dagobah planets. They taught Luke Skywalker how to use a lightsaber and the Force. But they were not the only ones who escaped Order 66. According to a new article, George Lucas originally intended to keep several Jedi characters alive, but eventually abandoned these plans.
The article says that Lucas would have treated Quinlan Vos, Ahsoka Tano and Kanan Jarrus as survivors. Quinlan Vos was on a secret mission when the order was issued, and later appeared in a comic book. Ahsoka Tano was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, but left the Jedi Order. She was the protagonist of The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Kanan Jarrus was a young Jedi who hid his identity and became a rebel. He also appeared in Rebels.
However, Lucas eventually decided not to mention these characters in the original trilogy or the prequel films. Thus, the fate of these Jedi only became clear in other Star Wars media. The article says this happened because Lucas did not want to complicate the story, and instead focused on Luke Skywalker.
To the delight of Star Wars fans, however, these characters did not fade into oblivion. After Disney’s takeover, they appeared or will appear in several Star Wars projects. For example, Ahsoka Tano got her own series, Kanan Jarrus will appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Quinlan Vos may also show up in The Bad Batch series. These projects could shed new light on these Jedi’s stories and show how they survived Order 66.
Source: Screen Rant