If there’s one thing we love about San Diego Comic Con 2018, it’s that the con gives fans a chance to celebrate older media with the same fanfare as the newest entry into the DCEU.
That’s exactly what happened at the Star Wars: The Clone Wars 10th anniversary panel, conducted by showrunner Dave Filoni and a few others behind the six-season behemoth like producer Athena Yvette Portillo, composer Kevin Kiner, and castmembers Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano).
The retrospective panel featured plenty of Star Wars guests discussing George Lucas’s Emmy-winning show and its wide-spanning impact while showing off some original sketches like the ones you can see below. One depicted an unused story arc with fan-favorite bounty hunter Cad Bane and a young Boba Fett.
“I think [the show] was just to explore the many different stories that [George] had in mind over the years," Filoni said after the panel opened with the first-ever footage that debuted back in 2007. Getting to explore the vastness of the Star Wars universe as well as different facets of Anakin's personality were the two main reasons for bringing the show to life in the first place. "These characters all evolved," he added.
A slideshow of writers room photos showed Filoni, Lucas, and the rest of the OG crew laying out the first season of over a dozen episodes. According to Filoni, they were working on three episodes per day and that if someone proposed something that Lucas wasn't a fan of, he'd just get rid of it. “George would take his finger and erase,” Filoni said to hearty laughter from the panel's audience.
But not everything was funny and light-hearted. Ashley Eckstein actually teared up a bit after they showed the clip from the Season 5 finale where Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order. When the audience was asked if they remembered where they were when this moment occured, many, many hands shot up into the air.
The Clone Wars remains the most successful attempt to broaden out the main story of Star Wars into an extended universe (sorry, novels and Solo) and its 121-episode run about Anakin and his padawan Ahsoka proves how much depth there is to be plunged in the galaxies far, far away.
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