When the smoke cleared and I took a moment to think it over, I still wasn't weeping - and now I was a bit optimistic.
There are a few reasons why The Clone Wars going out like this is one of the best of a bunch of possible worlds.
1. The show went out on a high note. The final arc showed an important event in the life of Anakin Skywalker and clearly showed how The Clone Wars as a whole affects Revenge of the Sith. It showed the best of the series - fight scenes and landscapes and new interpretations of established characters.
3. However, The Clone Wars did set a precedent for stories featuring female characters. There were a lot of questions at the end of season five, and most of them were about women. What happens to Ahsoka? What happens to Barriss? What will Asajj do now? Does Ahsoka know about Padme's marriage? Bloggers and fans were chatting about the finale to the end - and all those discussions were about female characters who had grown and been part of battles throughout the series.
4. There's more to come in the future. From the "bonus" episodes that are not yet released, to whatever Disney's cooking up with their Star Wars TV show, this is a chance for Star Wars to get even better. It's bizarre for me to think of The Clone Wars as something to look back on, but Star Wars as a whole is far from over. It's just beginning.
4.5. The bonus episodes. We know there is at least one Anakin-centric arc still in the pipeline, which was created for season five. Then there's the video here, which seems to be set just before or during Order 66. It features two female Jedi. a friend pointed out that the designs for their species first showed up in the Attack of the Clones concept art book. One of them doesn't fare well, but they bring grace and color to the drab clones and, well, Anakin.
So there's still more to see. Meanwhile, The Clone Wars produced some fantastic memories and in fact was the inciting reason for me to start this blog. The Clone Wars crew seem like great people, and I'd like to thank them, especially Ashley Eckstein and Cat Taber, for making my Star Wars fan experience feel fun and inclusive. The new movies will mean new Star Wars fans, and new shows to love just like fans have loved The Clone Wars.