13 (121st of the show)
March 7, 2014
- "Facing all that you fear will free you from yourself."
- ―Episode moral[src]
"Sacrifice" was the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was the thirteenth episode of the sixth season, and the one hundred and twenty-first episode of the show.
Behind the scenesEdit
"Sacrifice" is the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, although it was not intended as such. The show was cancelled in 2013 as a result of The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Lucasfilm, prior to the show being completed. The final episodes of the show were released onto Netflix on March 7, 2014, with "Sacrifice" serving as the ad hoc series finale. Some of the show's crew, including supervising director Dave Filoni, has said that while it was not intended as the finale, it works well as one due to the episode serving as a bridge between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy.
The episode marked two major firsts for the show, as well as official Star Wars canon. The first was an appearance by the Sith homeworld, Moraband, which had never been seen on screen before. During the episode's development, the writers referred to the planet as Korriban, which is the name given to the planet in the non-canon Expanded Universe. George Lucas preferred the name Moraband, however, so the name was changed. According to Lucasfilm, Korriban could potentially be considered canon, because "A world so ancient could have been known by different names in different eras."
"Sacrifice" was also the first on-screen appearance of Darth Bane, the ancient Sith Lord who created the Rule of Two that was first alluded to in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Lucas created the character in his backstory for The Phantom Menace, and the character went on to appear in numerous stories in the Expanded Universe. Bane nearly appeared in the Mortis trilogy in the show's third season, with an appearance more closely aligned with his Expanded Universe counterpart, but the scene with Darth Bane was cut. This allowed for the character's canonical design to be finalized once he was introduced in "Sacrifice," and it allowed the show to use Mark Hamill, the actor behind Luke Skywalker, as the voice of Darth Bane.
Another appearance change in this episode belonged to Count Dooku, who appeared for the first and last time in a sparring uniform. This was done to help the show's budget; due to the costs associated with the numerous special effects in "Sacrifice," adding Dooku's usual cloak would have forced the episode over-budget. The new look allowed the crew to contain the episode's costs.