The animated series “Star Wars: the Clone Wars” is heading towards the end

McClatchyMarch 11, 2013 

Supervising Director of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Dave Filoni says the series will be ending.

JOEL ARON — Lucasfilm/MCT

The animated series “Star Wars: the Clone Wars” is heading towards the end.

Because of changes at Lucasfilm, and the new direction that “Star Wars” saga will be taking, “other things have to wind down and come to a close, and that’s what we’re going to do to be doing with ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’” says Dave Filoni, supervising director of the series, in a video posted Monday to the Star Wars channel on Facebook.

Recently blowing past the 100th episode, the series tells the story of the good-guy Jedi fighting the evil Sith in the time between Episode II “Attack of the Clones” and Episode III “Revenge of the Sith.”

Filoni came to Lucasfilm “8 years ago” in March 2005.

That was when he “first met George Lucas — blew my mind. And my life was changed forever in the years after.” A fan after seeing the original at age 4, he became the director of “The Clone Wars,” working alongside Lucas on the adventures of Anakin Skywalker (destined to become the Sith lord Darth Vader), his Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano and the Clone troopers that make up the Republic’s forces.

He says that there are still story arcs to come that will clear up the “gaps in there … that we need to finish up.”

“There are more Star Wars happening here than anytime I’ve even been here with the company. I look around the halls and Episode VII is actually being made every day,” Filoni says. “I didn’t think I’d actually get to say that in my lifetime.”

The voice of Ahsoka Tano — actress Ashley Eckstein, owner of the female-friendly fan company Her Universe — agrees.

Quoting the Jedi Master Yoda, she says, “Always in motion is the future.”

She adds, “The future looks very bright if you are a Star Wars fan. There are so many new stories that are going to be told. A new chapter in the Star Wars Universe is about to begin.”

Filoni appears bittersweet about coming to the end, but promises “the best is yet to come” for “The Clone Wars.”

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