- "The series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has begun!"
"Old Friends Not Forgotten" is the ninth episode of the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is the hundred and thirtieth episode of the series overall. It was released on April 17, 2020 on Disney+.
The Outer Rim Sieges rage on. The Jedi Council has dispatched its Jedi Generals throughout the galaxy to respond to a massive Separatist attack led by General Grievous. On the planet Yerbana, Commander Cody and the 212th Attack Battalion struggle to hold a bridge leading into the city against entrenched Separatist artillery. With their air support compromised and the enemy's Tactical Droid nowhere in sight, Obi-Wan Kenobi orders the men to find cover until Anakin Skywalker arrives. Skywalker suddenly shows up behind them, having already won his own battlefront, and nonchalantly assesses the situation. Though reluctant, Kenobi allows him to do things his own way.
Skywalker walks into the open on the bridge and feigns a surrender, congratulating the droids and their unseen commander on their superior tactics. Meanwhile, R2-D2 prepares to pass on Anakin's orders to Captain Rex and his men, currently hanging on the underside of the bridge. Skywalker stalls long enough for the Battle Droids to summon their Tactical droid to the front and report the Jedi's surrender. Now with a clear line of sight on the droid commander, Skywalker Force pulls the droid in and beheads it, leaving the Droid Army leaderless. R2 passes on Skywalker's signal to Rex's group, who attack with jetpacks and thermal detonators, crippling the droids' artillery and breaking their lines. Cody and his men join the fight and drive the droids back while Skywalker and Kenobi look on; Anakin thanks Obi-Wan for looking helpless enough to convince the droids that his surrender was genuine.
Skywalker is then contacted by Admiral Wullf Yularen, who has received a coded transmission on the secure frequency, codenamed Fulcrum. The channel was used mainly by Saw Gerrera in the siege at Onderon. Yularen tells them it isn't Gerrera and that the two Jedi should take this call in-person on the fleet. Returning to their Republic cruiser, Skywalker askes Yularen what was so important, then sees the holograms of his former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, and Mandalorian warrior, Lady Bo-Katan Kryze. Skywalker hesitates and asks what Ahsoka has been up to. Tano tells him that they have little time and would like to make their request in person. The two of them propose a plan to capture renegade Sith Lord Darth Maul once and for all.
As Tano and Kryze arrive aboard the Republic cruiser, Skywalker rationalizes Ahsoka's choice to leave the Jedi Order as part of the Force's will to bring Maul to justice, though Kenobi is skeptical. Greeted by an excited R2-D2, Tano disembarks with Kryze and shares her information with the Jedi. Tano and Kryze have been working together over the past several weeks to track Maul down, using intel from the Pyke Syndicate on Oba Diah. Though Skywalker asks what Tano was doing there, she dismisses him and says that they pinpointed Maul's exact location to the capital city of Sundari on Mandalore. Since Kryze does not have the numbers to lay siege to the city, she requests Republic aid in capturing Maul.
Kenobi is cautious, as a Republic invasion of a neutral world would violate their treaty with the Mandalorians. Bo-Katan pleads with Kenobi, asking if her sister Satine meant anything to him. Kenobi replies that she still does, but cannot allow his feelings to cloud his judgment. He must confer with the Jedi Council first. Kryze departs the bridge in disgust, having told Tano that this was a waste of time, leaving Tano and Skywalker alone. Ahsoka notes that he and Kenobi haven't changed much, to which Anakin wittily replies, "Is that a bad thing?"
Skywalker leads Tano to the main hangar where he has a surprise for her. En route, Tano is saluted by several clone troopers, despite that she is no longer a Jedi. Skywalker tells her that the clones hold great respect for her, revealing Captain Rex and a company of clones with custom-painted helmets matching her facial markings in her honor. Rex welcomes Ahsoka back as a commander once more. Before Skywalker can unveil his next surprise, alarms blare throughout the ship. Kenobi quickly arrives and tells them that Grievous has attacked Coruscant. Mace Windu requested that Skywalker and Kenobi return to Coruscant immediately to save Chancellor Palpatine.
Tano is deeply disappointed that the Jedi are choosing to mire in politics over helping the people of Mandalore. Kenobi argues with her that they cannot neglect the heart of the Republic; Tano responds that people have lost faith in the Jedi for that very reason. Skywalker interjects that he'll spare a division of the 501st Legion for the attack on Mandalore, promoting Rex to Commander so that Ahsoka can lead them as an advisor. Tano accepts so long as Kenobi approves.
Kenobi gives his blessing on the mission and departs, warning that Maul refuses to die and would be best captured. Skywalker returns Tano's repaired lightsabers to her, both of them now sporting blue blades, before leaving as well. He hopes that, with luck, both of their missions will end soon. Though luck was something Kenobi taught never to believe in, Skywalker taught her to know better; Tano wishes her former master luck and they part ways.
Republic forces arrive over Mandalore and launch their invasion alongside the Mandalorians of Bo-Katan's resistance. Prime Minister Almec contacts the Republic and condemns the operation as a violation of their treaty. Kryze informs him that Mandalore's time under Maul's rule is at an end. Almec says that she would be viewed as a public enemy, which Kryze calmly accepts. Tano marvels at the differences between Bo-Katan and her sister. On the ground, Almec orders Gar Saxon to prepare their troops for an attack while Rook Kast informs the Shadow Collective, though Saxon wonders how prepared they are for this battle.
The Mandalorian Super Commandos launch a counterattack as Republic gunships approach Sundari. Kryze and her Mandalorians fly into battle alongside Tano's jetpack troopers. Rex apologizes for not bringing a jetpack for Tano. She wryly replies that she doesn't need one and races Rex to the surface. Jumping from one gunship to the next, Tano fights back Maul's forces; she leaps to a damaged gunship and helps the pilot eject before riding it down to Sundari's loading docks.
Tano leaps off before it crashes and battles the Mandalorians with the support of Ursa Wren and the Nite Owls. Though unable to pinpoint Maul's position, Kryze has her forces secure all entry points to the city.
As the battle progresses into the city, Saxon reports to Almec that their forces are quickly losing ground to the Republic. Almec instructs him to escape to the lower levels of the city where they will be met. Tano, Kryze, and Rex rendezvous and strategize for their next move. Kryze will move to capture the palace while Tano responds to a report from Captain Vaughn on Saxon's retreat.
Kast reports back to Almec that a group of clones pursued them into the lower levels and Tano will soon them join, precisely as Maul predicted. Just then, Kryze and her Nite Owls arrive and capture the palace. Kryze fights and subdues Almec, demanding to know Maul's location. Almec admits that Maul intentionally revealed his location on Mandalore to lure Kenobi in, except that the Republic sent Tano instead. Realizing the trap, Kryze attempts to contact Tano to no avail.
Meanwhile, Tano meets with Captain Vaughn and his squad just outside the entrance to Sundari's lower levels. They proceed into the pipework with caution, being watched by Kast and her troops. Tano becomes separated from her troops, who are killed off one by one. By the time she reaches them again, she finds only Vaughn barely alive, who apologizes to his commander with his dying breath. Tano is then approached by Maul himself, most displeased to find her instead of Kenobi.
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Original Star Wars Themes & Score by
Original Series Casting by
- Bacara (Appears in hologram in newsreel)
- Bly (Appears in newsreel)
- Depa Billaba (Appears in hologram in newsreel)
- Caleb Dume (Appears in hologram in newsreel)
- Saw Gerrera (Mentioned only)
- Grievous (Appears in newsreel)
- Rook Kast
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Bo-Katan Kryze
- Satine Kryze (Mentioned only)
- Plo Koon (Appears in newsreel)
- Darth Maul
- Ki-Adi-Mundi (Appears in hologram in newsreel)
- Sheev Palpatine (Mentioned only)
- Gar Saxon
- Aayla Secura (Appears in newsreel)
- Anakin Skywalker
- Ahsoka Tano
- Shaak Ti (Mentioned only)
- Ursa Wren
- Vaughn (First appearance)
- Mace Windu (Appears in newsreel)
- Yoda (Appears in newsreel)
- Wullf Yularen
- Grand Army of the Republic
- Confederacy of Independent Systems
- Jedi Order
- Nite Owls
- Shadow Collective
Behind the scenes
- "Ahsoka enlists old friends to help her track down Maul."
- This episode includes a new opening intro, featuring the "A LUCASFILM LIMITED Production" card, as seen in the theatrical versions of the Original Trilogy, a red variation of the logo similar to the one witnessed in "Brothers" and "Revenge", as well as the title of the episode, "Part I - Old Friends Not Forgotten", in lieu of the moral. This altered opening is accompanied by the original Star Wars theme by John Williams instead of the Clone Wars theme, prior to the opening newsreel. The closing credits play in silence.
- This episode marks the last appearances of Anakin, R2, Grievous, Yularen, and Cody in the series.
- It is the longest episode of the series overall, with a runtime of 26 minutes and 57 seconds.
- Ray Stevenson (Gar Saxon) and Sharmila Devar (Ursa Wren) reprise their roles from Star Wars Rebels.
- "Old Friends Not Forgotten" Episode Guide on StarWars.com
- Watch "Old Friends Not Forgotten" on Disney+