Dave Filoni has been doing a lot of interviews lately since “The Clone Wars” has hit Netflix, but in a new interview with Eric Goldman over at IGN, he goes into detail about each new arc from the “Lost Missions” episodes, talks about some of the unfinished stories from the series, and even reveals something about Star Wars Rebels. Here’s a portion of the interview, but there are spoilers from the “Lost Missions” episodes if you have not seen them yet:
IGN: So, of course, you end with another big story, which is the Force ghost explanation. It’s fairly well-known that there was going to be a scene with Liam [Neeson] in Revenge of the Sith, and it didn’t get shot, but we do get that little moment at the end of the film mentioning him. Was that a big deal for George to really, finally get to extrapolate that — and in a much bigger way than would have ever happened in Revenge of the Sith — and have Qui-Gon involved? Because, yeah, watching the Prequels, it was hard not to wonder, “Why don’t any of these people come back as ghosts?”
Dave Filoni: [Laughs] Well, I think it needed to be explained, right? We have to wonder why. First of all, I have to say that Liam Neeson’s involvement and his ability to come in and work with us, deliver the lines — he was just fantastic. He’s an immensely busy guy. You can just see from all the films he puts out. We were all very appreciative that he always took the time to make for Star Wars. His legacy in Star Wars… There really isn’t anybody else that can put a voice to that character the way he does. Just when you hear him in the [Season 6] trailer, you’re like, “Oh, this is a good trailer,” and you only hear like one line from him, but it’s Qui-Gon, right? So it was great to have him in it.
Ultimately the arc — I guess I’m in a revealing mood today for some things — but ultimately the arc, since it’s centered on Yoda, I thought that was George’s answer to the question of why is Yoda like he is in Empire? Why does he say the things he does, and why don’t a lot of those things seem reflected in the Jedi as a whole, in the Prequels? He tells Luke, “The Jedi use the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” Well, there’s not much evidence of that in the Prequels. They seem to be attacking quite a bit, attacking with their clones, even in the title. There are a lot of things where Yoda seems to have a complete change of mind for the way things are, post-Revenge of the Sith. To me, this arc really deals with Yoda, in the beginning, when they’re asked, “So we think Dooku’s had a hand in creating them. What should we do?” Mace Windu says, “Is this the best thing we can do? Is the right decision?” Yoda says, “I don’t know if it’s the right decision, but it’s the only path. This is the only thing we can do.” By the end of that arc, he tells them that there may be a path even unseen to the Sith, which might not mean a victory in the Clone Wars, but a victory for all time. That’s, to me, supposed to signify his change, where he’s taking a much longer view of things that he even did before. He knows, frankly, that the Jedi of the time have lost their way and that it’s going to be a path that very few of them are going to be able to walk out of the Clone Wars and into whatever the future may hold. Basically, they’re all going to have to pay a price for their own role in the violence and the destruction and the things that have happened in the galaxy, which turns out to be true. Really, Obi-Wan and Yoda become the people that carry forward what Qui-Gon has learned from the Force Priestesses. That to me was the most powerful thing in that arc that we got to portray, done beautifully by Tom Kane, by the way, with all the range of emotions Yoda had to go through.
Be sure to check the full interview over at IGN for a some more great insight from Dave Filoni about these final episodes.