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Star Wars: Asajj Ventress’ Return Sets Up an Even Bigger Mystery


The Bad Batch doesn’t answer how or why Asajj Ventress is back from the dead, but does it really matter?

Asajj Ventress in Star Wars: The Bad Batch
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This Star Wars article contains spoilers.

The return of Asajj Ventress in Star Wars: The Bad Batch is an intriguing new mystery for fans, especially those who read of her death in the 2015 novel Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, which is set during the Clone Wars, right before the events of Revenge of the Sith. In that book, she sacrificed herself to save her lover, Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, from Count Dooku’s Force lightning, but just an in-universe year after her death, she’s somehow back and meeting up with Clone Force 99 on The Bad Batch.

So, what’s behind her resurrection? It’s a mystery with no answer from Star Wars. But plenty of theories…

How Is Asajj Ventress Back?

Unsurprisingly, the prevailing theory regarding her return from the grave goes back to a specific moment in Dark Disciple. In the book, she and Vos team up to try and kill Dooku. But first they train together on Dathomir, and Ventress essentially forces Vos to tame and kill an ancient creature known as The Sleeper to prove that he’s capable of tapping into the Dark Side without losing control. 

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