Moonpaw takes another look at Hollyleaf’s actions and afterlife.
Here’s a question I asked myself after writing an article like this on Ashfur; Does Hollyleaf deserve to go to Starclan? In writing this article, I will use facts to determine myself whether Hollyleaf deserves the luxurious Starclan afterlife, or the horrible Dark Forest.
So, first, let’s review the points of her life that can state evidence for our question.
Hollyleaf is born to Leafpool along with Jayfeather and Lionblaze. In order to keep them safe, Leafpool lies to the clan, stating that Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw are the parents. Hollyleaf and her siblings are raised believing the lie as well, since they can not remember.
She and her siblings meet Sol, and he then proceeds to stop Shadowclan’s belief in Starclan. She joins forces with some other cats to create a fake omen, later turned real, to help Blackstar believe again.
Later, in the camp, when lightning strikes a tree a fire starts. The clan evacuates camp, and while Hollyleaf, her siblings, and Squirrelflight are escaping, they are stopped by Ashfur. He is now in a position where he controls if Hollyleaf and her siblings live or die, and he’s threatening to kill them. Squirrelflight is forced to admit that they are not her kits, shocking not only Ashfur but Hollyleaf and her siblings as well. Ashfur then leaves, stating that he will reveal their secret at the next gathering, and sparing their lives. Hollyleaf quickly comes to resent Squirrelflight.
Hollyleaf wants to keep their secret hidden, as she fears the other clans will resent Thunderclan even more. To do this, she chooses to stalk Ashfur and then ambushes him by a stream, murdering her clanmate. She goes on multiple search parties for possible murder suspects, hiding her secret well.
Hollyleaf later goes to Leafpool’s den do demand answers about her true parents, and then reveals her murderous secret. Leafpool reveals that she is their mother, and Hollyleaf hates her for it. She also later learns that she is Crowfeather’s daughter, encouraging her to reveal her true parents at the gathering. Leafpool steps down as medicine cat, and Hollyleaf later tries to force her to eat deathberries. Leafpool states that she’s already lost everything, and it would be worse for her if she stayed alive. Hollyleaf lets her go, but then decides to leave the clans.
She runs for the tunnels, and her siblings find out she was the one who murdered Ashfur. The tunnels collapse behind her, and her clan believes her to be dead.
In the tunnels she is kept company by a spirit named Fallen Leaf. She helps her clan while in the tunnels, and after a long time of hiding, decides to come back to the clans.
She reveals that she killed Ashfur to the clan, but Bramblestar lies to keep her safe, stating that it was an accident, and that Ashfur attacked her first.
She later teaches the rest of the clan how to fight in the tunnels. During the battle against Windclan, Hollyleaf gains a position where she could easily kill Sol, she lets him go, but threatens to kill him if she ever sees him again.
During the battle with the Dark Forest cats, she sacrifices her own life to save Ivypool, and spends her last moments forgiving Leafpool.
So, based on these major events in her life, I’d hesitantly say that she belongs in Starclan. Though she killed her own clanmate, revealed her true parents at the gathering, ran away from her clan, and tried to kill her mother, she made amends and redeemed herself. She helped her clan in many ways, and is a hardcore believer in the Warrior Code. She trained her clan for the Windclan attack, saved Molepaw and Cherrypaw from foxes, helped lead lost clanmates out of the tunnels, and died to save one of her clanmates
This is definitely a debatable subject, and it wouldn’t be too hard to convince me that she belongs in the Dark Forest. But another factor that may have a role in my decision is that I genuinely like Hollyleaf’s character, and her complicated life. I think that the Erins did a very good job at writing her character, kudos to them.
Please leave comments on what your opinions are on this subject. And it’s completely fine for you guys to disagree. But please realize that whatever you may think, this is entirely based on my opinion. I worked hard to get evidence and facts that support my opinion, and I would like to enjoy the result.
May Starclan light your path,