THE BAD BATCH Producer Addresses Asajj Ventress' Return After Death In Canon STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE Novel

THE BAD BATCH Producer Addresses Asajj Ventress' Return After Death In Canon STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE Novel

The biggest surprise in the first trailer for The Bad Batch season 3 saw Asajj Ventress make her shock Star Wars return despite dying in the pages of canon novel Dark Disciple. Now, that's been addressed!

By JoshWilding - Jan 24, 2024 06:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Bad Batch

Asajj Ventress is a former Jedi Padawan turned assassin who was trained in the ways of the dark side by Count Dooku. For several years, she yearned to be considered a true Sith, secretly acting as Dooku’s apprentice.

We first encountered her in The Clone Wars fighting for the Separatists and clashing with Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker with her twin red-bladed lightsabers in hand. However, when Dooku was ordered to dispose of Asajj and left her for dead, Ventress returned to her Nightsister clan to exact her revenge.

In time, she reinvented herself as a bounty hunter and reclaimed her identity, as neither a Sith nor a Jedi, and even became an unlikely ally to Ahsoka Tano for a time. 

The Clone Wars never got a chance to end Ventress' story and her death was instead explored in the Star Wars: Dark Disciple novel by Christie Golden. In that, the bounty hunter rediscovered love, compassion and selflessness, sacrificing herself to save Jedi Quinlan Vos by taking the brunt of a force lightning attack by Dooku. 

However, following a shock return in The Bad Batch season 3 trailer, the character's official profile has been updated to confirm "that wasn’t the end of Asajj's story..."

Talking to Star (via, Brad Rau, supervising director and one of the show's executive producers, addressed Ventress's return. "We love Asajj Ventress. She’s a character that we’ve been wanting to tell more stories about."

"We don't want to spoil anything, but want fans to know that any new storytelling with Ventress will align with the events of Star Wars: Dark Disciple." 

Seeing as The Bad Batch is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the reformed villain clearly survived that battle with Dooku and could now become a big part of Star Wars storytelling moving forward. We know Dave Filoni isn't shy about contradicting tie-in material like novels and comics as it's something he's already done with with Ahsoka Tano's story. 

Do you think we'll eventually see Asajj Ventress in live-action? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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MikeyL - 1/24/2024, 6:39 AM
If it stays canon, she’ll either be some kind of vision, a flashback or clone.
FireandBlood - 1/24/2024, 6:40 AM
@MikeyL - Or she faked her death 🤷‍♂️
bkmeijer1 - 1/24/2024, 7:09 AM
@FireandBlood - I doubt that. If I remember correctly, she was death for a few months before Quinlan and Kenobi laid her to rest on Dathomir. That's a long time posing as a dead body
FireandBlood - 1/24/2024, 7:18 AM
@bkmeijer1 - They’ll just contradict the novel then, like they have. Shit, Bad Batch’s been doing that from the jump, from depicting Kanan’s origin which was completely different in the “canon” comic.
bkmeijer1 - 1/24/2024, 8:11 AM
@FireandBlood - think the only difference is that Filoni is involved with both, but outside of that written media has never really been primary canon with Star Wars indeed
vadersdaddy - 1/25/2024, 7:38 AM
@MikeyL - nah. she's a nightsister. resurrection and reanimation is kinda their thing.
FireandBlood - 1/24/2024, 6:40 AM
Time to bring her into live action 🤩
Repian - 1/24/2024, 8:02 AM
@FireandBlood -

FireandBlood - 1/24/2024, 8:09 AM
@Repian - Are we that blessed? Is it possible? Still can’t believe we got her as Catwoman
clintthahamster - 1/24/2024, 9:46 AM
@FireandBlood @Repian - I was holding out hope that Indira Varma was playing her in Obi Wan, but ZK would be a fine choice. I bet she'd even shave her head . . .
MG0019 - 1/24/2024, 10:26 AM
@Repian - I think she’d be great; has the face and attitude for Ventress! But, the cynical part of me n owes of she’s cast they wouldn’t dare make her look like Ventress. The Disney execs are either too scared, or so deluded in self righteousness, they would congratulate themselves on not painting her skin white with the face tattoos.

It kills me. I’m a person of color, so I can’t be blue or green twilek? Kills me that just because the actor is brown, their alien has to be brown too. My skin isn’t a commodity for Disney, or to be fetishized by virtue signalers
MuadDib - 1/24/2024, 6:44 AM
Continuity? Haha we laugh in the face of continuity

bkmeijer1 - 1/24/2024, 7:10 AM
@MuadDib - yeah, written Star Wars media never carried any weight when it came to contuinity. Only difference here is that Filoni was involved in both
HashTagSwagg - 1/24/2024, 6:49 AM
AnthonyVonGeek - 1/24/2024, 6:59 AM
lazlodaytona - 1/24/2024, 7:03 AM
Love the lightsaber
bkmeijer1 - 1/24/2024, 7:08 AM
Guessing the waters she was laid to rest in revived her. Or rather, I hope so. If she just survived it would cheapen another movie death.

First Qui-Gon's just loses all weight after everybody surviving lightsabers stabbings left and right, and now Vader would feel like a wimp for not surviving force lightning.
Mrnorth1921 - 1/24/2024, 7:23 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Qui Gon was a Jedi. Many of these characters surviving grievous wounds were of the dark side. Them living was unnatural. Reva survived a gut wound. Vader survived being burned alive. Maul survived being cut in half. And Palpatine’s spirit survived attaching it to clones of himself. And even then started to decay, limiting his life and mobility.

Vader died because he switched back to the light. Letting go of his hate, which kept him alive.
FireandBlood - 1/24/2024, 7:55 AM
@Mrnorth1921 - 👆 he gets it
bkmeijer1 - 1/24/2024, 8:17 AM
@Mrnorth1921 - true. Light siders believe in becoming one with the force, so death is not the end. Dark siders only wanna extend their lives, and hatred drives them.

Still, it somehow cheapens it for me when I see it happen so often. Gui-Gon may have not been mad, but he had willpower (i.e. the believe that Anakin was the Chosen One).
vadersdaddy - 1/25/2024, 7:40 AM
@bkmeijer1 - how does qui-gon's death lose it's weight? They didn't retcon him dying and bring him back. He discovered the path to becoming one with the force. He's just a force ghost.
bkmeijer1 - 1/25/2024, 11:40 AM
@vadersdaddy - as I said above. Because everybody is surviving lightsaber stabbings now. Even Sabine.

As for Qui-Gon, he didn't quite complete his training yet. If anything, they did retcon him being one in Kenobi.
Mrnorth1921 - 1/24/2024, 7:12 AM
I’d imagine she was brought back to life. Thanks to her Dathomir heritage she is revived through magic. But I am sure it comes with a cost. Originally Dave Filoni wanted Ventress to survive until the sequels and get killed by Kylo ren in resistance. But I guess he scrapped that idea. Changing his mind.
Stinkor1 - 1/24/2024, 7:16 AM
BassMan - 1/24/2024, 7:18 AM
Well the Nightsisters are all about resurrection, imagine that has something to do with it.
Origame - 1/24/2024, 7:30 AM
Wow. Guess that "I got better" joke was more on point than I realized.
bobevanz - 1/24/2024, 7:57 AM
Somehow Ventress has returned lol
dragon316 - 1/24/2024, 8:45 AM
Never expect series be connected to books took them as separate events one that’s main universe
MrDandy - 1/24/2024, 10:18 AM
That’s one of the better new books so at least they aren’t completely decononizing it
Sarcasticskot - 2/11/2024, 4:32 PM
I’ve been praying they’d bring Ventress back. She’s too good a character to let fizzle out in a book. I’ve always thought Vera Farmiga would make an excellent Ventress. She’s the right age if they had her in the Mandoverse, she’s an excellent actress who’s been in a ton of movies and shows which’s means she’s recognizable but not so big that she’d be out of budget and finally she just looks like Ventress. She’s got the right face shape and the right personality to make it work. I think she would be a perfect choice.

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