Star Wars: Barriss Offee’s Order 66 Death Was WORSE Than Aayla Secura’s
The Star Wars franchise featured some violent deaths during Order 66, but one cut scene made Barriss Offee's death especially brutal.
Order 66 was one of the most devastating betrayals in the entire Star Wars franchise. The brutal slaughter of the Jedi by the Clone army rippled throughout the galaxy and was felt by Yoda and other powerful Force users. But even the most brutal deaths shown in the film couldn't compare to the fate of Barriss Offee, who was killed in a deleted scene for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The scene, titled “Kashyyyk Attack and Order 66 Animatic,” brought a rough render of an extended Order 66 montage preceded by the battle on Kashyyyk. It began with one of the clones receiving the command to execute Order 66. The scene then jumped to Kashyyyk with another commander receiving the same order. Following an extended battle sequence on the Wookiee homeworld, the onslaught began.
Like the theatrical cut, the scene showed multiple Jedi being killed, cutting intermittently to display its effect on Yoda. Most of the deaths made it into the final cut with slight alterations. Most notably, Ki-Adi-Mundi's execution and Plo Koon's demise in his starfighter featured shortened versions of their deaths. One Jedi's death that didn't make it into the final cut, however, was the brutal execution of Barriss Offee.
Offee's scene started with her taking on a small army of Battle Droids on her own. She seemingly had the upper hand and was met with back-up from the Republic's All Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE). But rather than firing on the droids, it fired on her instead, point-blank. The massive blaster bolts appear to have killed her instantly, but that didn't stop the AT-TE from making sure she was dead by nonchalantly stepping on her body.
In canon, many have found the execution of Aayla Secura to be the most brutal death in Order 66. Not only was she shot in the back by a squad she trusted, but they also continued to fire on her body to ensure she was deceased. Had Barriss Offee's death been made canon, Secura would have undoubtedly been moved to second place. Nevertheless, the decision to cut the scene has worked out in Offee's favor.
In The Clone Wars animated series, Offee's character was altered to be a Jedi that became so disillusioned by the war, she turned to the Dark Side and bombed the Jedi Temple, framing her friend Ahsoka Tano in the process. Her actions inadvertently had a larger impact on the franchise by having Ahsoka's persecution be the catalyst to her leaving the Jedi Order and her Master, Anakin Skywalker. Her departure also fueled Anakin's own disillusionment with the council.
Once her treachery was discovered, she was taken into custody by the Jedi. Since then, there has been no confirmation on if she survived Order 66. There is still a possibility she escaped custody before or during the attack, leaving her open to future follow-up projects. Nevertheless, Offee's scrapped death in Revenge of the Sith's deleted scene continued to display the Clones' ruthlessness as they eradicated the Jedi.