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How to watch the final arc of ‘Clone Wars’ with ‘Revenge of the Sith’

When season seven of Star Wars: The Clone Wars aired in early 2020 as a Disney+ exclusive, the final arc, comprising the last four episodes of the show, took place before, during and after the 2005 Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith.

The four-episode arc starts just before Anakin and Obi-Wan are summoned from the Outer Rim Sieges back to Coruscant to rescue Chancellor Palpatine, who has been kidnapped in a Separatist plot by General Grievous. These final four episodes comprise the Siege of Mandalore arc of the story, which focuses on Ahsoka Tano’s attempt to liberate the planet Mandalore from the clutches of Maul, the former Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious. Before their confrontation, Maul reveals that Sidious is about to reveal himself (as depicted in Revenge of the Sith) and Maul seeks to deprive Sidious of his prize: Anakin Skywalker as his apprentice.

As the final Clone Wars arc takes place at the same time as Revenge of the Sith, it makes sense to watch the episodes and the film together as one long movie. It takes about four hours to do so, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to sit down and watch them.

Below is a comprehensive guide to watching the Siege of Mandalore arc with Revenge of the Sith, complete with timestamps and descriptions of what happens in each episode and in the movie. Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen any of this media yet (and if you haven’t, this is my personal invite for you!).

The easiest way to achieve this viewing is on Disney+.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 9: Old Friends Not Forgotten
0:00 to 16:25

The super-film begins with the first episode of the final Clone Wars arc. Obi-Wan and Anakin are participating in the outer rim sieges, and we see a battle from those sieges.

During the battle, Anakin and Obi-Wan are summoned back to their command ship. Anakin’s former apprentice Ahsoka, who left the Jedi Order some time ago, is contacting them with a request: Help Ahsoka and Bo-Katan capture Maul, a mutual enemy of the Jedi and the Mandalorians.

The Clone Wars episode “Old Friends Not Forgotten” features the final meeting between Ahsoka Tano, her former master Anakin Skywalker and Anakin’s master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Ahsoka meets with Obi-Wan and Anakin. Obi-Wan is hesitant to assist, insisting they need the Jedi Council’s approval to carry out the mission, which the three of them know will never be approved. Anakin comes up with a compromise: Captain Rex will be promoted to Commander and lead a battalion on Mandalore with Ahsoka acting as an adviser.

Before Anakin and Ahsoka can have a proper reunion and talk about everything on their minds, an alert from Coruscant summons Anakin and Obi-Wan back to rescue the Chancellor.

The stopping point here is when Anakin and Ahsoka say their farewells before they go their separate ways.

Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
0:00 to 27:34

The film begins right after Anakin and Ahsoka go their separate ways and depicts Obi-Wan and Anakin rescuing Chancellor Palpatine. Obi-Wan and Anakin confront Count Dooku for a final time on board General Grevious’ flagship, though the droid general is able to escape.

Following a crash landing (referred to as “another happy landing” by Obi-Wan), Anakin reunites with his wife, Senator Padme Amidala. This reunion is the ending point of this part of the movie.

The Clone Wars 7×9
16:26 to 26:15

Picking up where the episode left off, Ahsoka and Rex arrive on Mandalore with the Mandalorians and parachute down to the planet to prepare for the siege.

This watch will take you to the end of the first episode, where Maul corners Ahsoka and the Clone Troopers who are searching for the dark warrior in the sewers.

The Clone Wars 7×10 The Phantom Apprentice
0:00 to 02:59

This short moment of the second episode of the Clone Wars arc picks up right where the last episode left off. Ahsoka and Maul exchange words before Maul escapes, setting up the rest of the episode. Once Maul has escaped, it’s time to switch back to the film.

Revenge of the Sith
27:35 to 51:40

 At this point in the film, Anakin starts to experience visions of Padme dying in childbirth. Anakin is worried about his wife and wants to do whatever he can to prevent that from happening.

Chancellor Palpatine offers a sinister solution: The Dark Side of the Force could provide the answer Anakin seeks to prevent Padme from dying (“The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities, some consider to be unnatural”).

Meanwhile, the Jedi Council offers Anakin a seat at Palpatine’s request, yet it refuses to grant Anakin the rank of Jedi Master. Soon after his appointment, the Council decides to send Obi-Wan to Utapau to confront General Grievous in a battle that, if victorious for the Republic, would end the Clone War.

This segment ends as Obi-Wan and Anakin say their farewells to each other before Obi-Wan boards a ship to head to Utapau.

Clone Wars 7×10
3:00 to 24:16

Back on Mandalore, the siege of the planet begins. Maul is uninterested in fighting the Clones or leading his people (the Mandalorians) into battle.

Instead, Maul reveals to Ahsoka that he intended for Anakin to arrive on Mandalore. Maul hoped to prevent Anakin from being used by Sidious to achieve the Sith Lord’s goal. Maul reveals that Sidious is about to reveal himself and Anakin is the key to everything.

Ahsoka and Maul face off, dueling each other spectacularly in a fight that rivals the later duel between Obi-Wan and Vader in the film. Ahsoka is able to best Maul and she and the Clone Troopers capture him, ending the episode.

Revenge of the Sith
51:41 to 1:00:54

Obi-Wan heads to Utapau to confront General Grevious. He manages to find the general on his own and alerts his Clone Troopers to join him on the planet.

Obi-Wan confronts Grevious and engages him in a lightsaber duel, with Grevious wielding four lightsabers. However, the Jedi master manages to best Grevious, forcing the droid general to give up all his lightsabers, prompting Grevious to attempt to get away on a vehicle. Obi-Wan gives chase, though he loses his own lightsaber in the process (it’s picked up by Obi-Wan’s Clone Commander, Cody).

The Clone Wars 7×11 Shattered
0:00 to 2:19

The second-to-last episode of the show opens with Ahsoka and Rex celebrating their victory against Maul and the Mandalorians loyal to him. Bo-Katan congratulates them and thanks them for their help. Just then, Ahsoka is summoned for a meeting, which is depicted in the film and the series.

Revenge of the Sith
1:00:55 to 1:01:54

 This near minute scene depicts Mace Windu sending Anakin to inform Palpatine that Obi-Wan has engaged Grievous. When Anakin departs, Mace tells the other Jedi present that he senses a plot to destroy the Jedi and that the Dark Side of the Force surrounds Palpatine. Ki-Audi Mundi suggests Palpatine be removed from office if he doesn’t give up his emergency powers after the destruction of Grievous. Mace counters that the Jedi Council would have to take control of the Senate to ensure a peaceful transition. Master Yoda cautions that the line of thinking will send them to a dark place and they should take great care.

The Clone Wars 7×11
2:20 to 9:41

 The meeting just seen in the movie is recreated in animation. And the show reveals Ahsoka just missed running into Anakin as she witnesses the end of the meeting, though she doesn’t understand everything that’s discussed and the Jedi refuse to tell her more.

Ahsoka is congratulated on a successful mission and agrees to return Maul to Coruscant so the Council can question him. Ahsoka also tells Master Yoda she is not yet ready to return as a Jedi, though it seems like she is considering it.

On the way to Coruscant, Ahsoka and Rex have a heart-to-heart. They discuss their involvement in the war, including how Rex was made to fight in this war and his worry about not having a purpose. Ahsoka thanks Rex for being a great soldier and friend and salutes him, just as Rex is called away for an incoming transmission. Ahsoka declines joining him, saying it’s likely more good news.

Revenge of the Sith
1:01:55 to 1:15:20

 Back on Coruscant, Anakin tells the Chancellor that Obi-Wan has engaged Grievous. Palpatine then begins the endgame that will lead to the fall of the Jedi. He reveals himself as a Sith Lord and tries to convince Anakin to use his knowledge to save Padme. He also tries to get Anakin to believe he is being used by the Jedi.

Anakin reports to Mace Windu, who immediately assembles a strike team to arrest Palpatine. Anakin returns to the Council chambers and hears Palpatine’s voice tell him that if the Jedi kill him, any chance of saving Padme will be lost. Rather than take a chance, Anakin hurries out of the Council chambers and gets in a ship to head to the Chancellor’s Office.

Meanwhile, Mace Windu and his Jedi strike team confront Palpatine. The Sith Lord quickly dispatches all but Windu and engages him in a ferocious duel. However, Windu gets the better of Palpatine and corners him as Anakin arrives. Both men plead with Anakin to help them, but Anakin remains torn. However, when it seems Palpatine is near death, he implores Windu to reconsider. The Jedi Master will hear none of it and prepares to strike the killing blow. Anakin stops him and Palpatine kills Windu, proclaiming “Unlimited Power!” as he attacks Windu with Force Lightning.

Anakin, shocked by his actions, cries out, “What have I done?”

Clone Wars 7×11
9:42 to 10:18

 Ahsoka hears echoes of the duel on Coruscant, including Anakin’s questioning of what he’s done (beautifully edited together with archival footage of Hayden Christensen blended with Anakin’s Clone Wars voice actor Matt Lanter saying the line).

Revenge of the Sith
1:15:21 to 1:23:32

 Anakin sees no way out from his actions and falls under Palpatine’s manipulation. He turns to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader.

Palpatine orders Vader to go to the Jedi Temple and catch the Jedi Order “off balance.” He also tell Vader that the Jedi spread throughout the galaxy will be “dealt with.” Palpatine also instructs Vader to head to Mustafar to wipe out Viceroy Gunray and the other Separatist leaders. Doing so will bring an end to the Clone Wars. Palpatine declares the Sith will again rule the galaxy and they will have peace.

Vader leads an attack on the Jedi Temple with a battalion of Clone troopers. Meanwhile, Palpatine contacts Clone commanders throughout the galaxy, including Commander Cody, telling them to carry out the command of Order 66.

The Clone Wars 7×11
10:19 to 23:32

Ahsoka is spurred into action, not sure what transpired on Coruscant. She rushes in to tell Rex she has sensed some sort of disturbance.

Unfortunately for Ahsoka, Palpatine has just contacted Rex and ordered him to, “Execute Order 66.” This order activates a chip inside all of the Clones, ordering them to kill their Jedi commanders for “betraying the Republic.”

Rex turns to face Ahsoka as his inhibitor chip takes over and he and the other clones attack her before Ahsoka disappears.

Escaping the Clones, Ahsoka tries to figure out why she is under attack. Because of a cryptic warning by Rex right before his chip took over, Ahsoka manages to deduce that the inhibitor chip is causing the Clones’ actions. She also frees Maul to cause a distraction and enable her to find Rex.

Ahsoka lays a trap for Rex, utilizing the on-board astromech droids to assist her. They manage to succeed in trapping Rex and Ahsoka is able to remove the inhibitor chip, thus restoring Rex to his normal self.  Ahsoka asks how widespread the command of the chip goes and Rex reveals that every Clone has the chip, meaning all Jedi are at-risk of being murdered.

Revenge of the Sith
1:23:33 to 1:29:55

Obi-Wan manages to escape Order 66. He steals Grievous’ ship and blasts away from Utapau. He makes contact with Senator Organa, who witnessed the attack on the Temple and has rescued Master Yoda, who escaped from his own attack by the Clones.

After the attack on the Temple, Anakin reunites with Padme and informs her of the attempted attack on Palpatine’s life. He then reveals he is heading to Mustafar to end the war on Palpatine’s orders and begs Padme to wait for him.

Clone Wars 7×12 Victory and Death
0:00 to 17:08

Ahsoka and Rex contemplate their next move. They know it will be difficult to overcome an entire ship of Clone Troopers. They decide to attempt a peace talk with Jesse and the other Clone Troopers, with Rex trying to convince them Ahsoka should not be targeted as a Jedi because she left the Order.

Meanwhile, Maul plots his own escape from the ship, having destroyed the ship’s hyperdrive and sending it hurtling toward a nearby planet with nothing to stop it. Maul manages to board a ship and get away, though Ahsoka tries to stop him. Ahsoka eventually realizes she won’t be able to stop Maul from leaving without getting herself and/or Rex killed, so she lets him go before she works with Rex to escape the ship.

End of the Film and Show

From here, you’ll watch the rest of Revenge of the Sith and finish the film, witnessing the climatic duels between Obi-Wan and Vader and Master Yoda and The Emperor. You’ll see the fall of the Republic, the rise of the Empire and Vader’s transformation into more machine than man.

After the film, you’ll switch back to Victory and Death for the conclusion of the episode and the series. The final minutes act as a two-part epilogue to the story and show the aftermath of Ahsoka and Rex escaping from the ship, as well as a flash foreword to sometime later when Vader finds the wreckage of the ship Ahsoka and Rex were aboard.

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