Warning: here be spoilers!
Last week saw the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars released exclusively to Netflix. The season concluded with a four episode arc mostly centered around Yoda, as he begins to learn the secrets of eternal life—secrets that will ultimately enable him, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and (eventually) Anakin Skywalker to return as ghosts in the original trilogy. With the final season now behind us, supervising director Dave Filoni spoke to StarWars.com and looked back on the final journey of the legendary Jedi Master.
The big idea behind the Yoda arc was that George Lucas was putting his final mark on the idea of the Force and the character of Yoda, of whom he has always been very protective. This became his last opportunity to define the Force and the Yoda character, so it was very important for Filoni that he and The Clone Wars team get things right. The intent of the arc is to finally understand "that Yoda in the Clone Wars period is not at all the same person that he is in The Empire Strikes Back." He has yet to learn the lessons that the original trilogy character did, and he's not as eccentric as he would become in his final years.
To become that original trilogy character, Yoda has to reach "a certain point of enlightenment" which "ties into Qui-Gon and what Yoda talks about in Revenge of the Sith." He comes to certain understandings, among which are the idea of sacrifice and that "Wars not make one great." As Filoni said, "You have to fight through the war, and you have to get through that, and see other people that do that, to have any understanding of that truth." The Clone Wars are a crucible that Yoda must get through before he can become who he was in Empire. Yoda, along with Obi-Wan, are different kinds of Jedi in the Clone Wars, and become something else later on, a more selfless kind of Jedi than the military leaders they became in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. They learn that while they may lose the Clone Wars, they can still achieve victory for all of time and help bring balance to the Force.
And that's where the original trilogy comes in. Something Filoni also hopes becomes clear in this arc is why Obi-Wan and Yoda trained Luke Skywalker the way they did. "They never tell Luke to actively go out and save his father," he says. "In fact, they say he's probably going to have to destroy his father. But it's mainly because they can't tell him that which he needs to understand… That makes it easy. Faith isn't about knowing." And that is something Yoda had to learn in the final episode arc. Passing that onto Luke, and helping him learn that Darth Vader could be redeemed, was the only way to fulfill the prophecy of the Chosen One.
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