Thank you, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for Ahsoka Tano. This young female Jedi defied everything we knew about storytelling in American cartoons. Here was a character who many saw as impulsive and, frankly, annoying at her introduction. She became the poster child for growth on the show, in both figurative and literal ways. As Ahsoka became a stronger Jedi, her growth exposed Anakin’s regression. Every step forward she took was mirrored by a step – if not back, then down, down into the Dark Side by Anakin. Ultimately, it was the loss of Ahsoka (though not through death), that showed us Anakin’s deepest dive into darkness. Moreso than Padme, more than Obi-Wan, Anakin’s “little sister” was his connection to hope, to innocence. All the way, Ahsoka represented independence and free thought in a world full of rules and order. She stumbled, but always recovered. She was the voice of reason – and the voice of doubt when others wouldn’t dare to speak up. In that way, she was the voice of the fans, of those going on this journey with her, and while Ahsoka is gone, #AhsokaLives, and will live on in the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere.