Juniperpaw discusses the long history between Firestar and Tigerstar.
Many, many people think that the TigerstarFirestar rivalry ended in The Darkest Hour. THIS IS NOT TRUE. The entire main series (excluding Dawn of the Clans and A Vision of Shadows) is based upon this rivalry.
The end of The Darkest Hour was a surprise to many. Everyone expected a battle between LionClan and TigerClan, therefore a battle between Firestar and Tigerstar. But that battle never came. Instead it was LionClan vs. BloodClan. But the ultimate Tigerstar vs. Firestar rivalry was not over yet.
In Omen of the Stars, it becomes increasingly obvious that the Dark Forest was going to battle the ClansStarClan. That battle, which takes place in The Last Hope, was just a rematch of the battle in The Darkest Hour, all of it built on Tigerstar and Firestar’s ongoing rivalry.
The final fight was at the very end of the Last Hope, when Tigerstar says, “I only have to beat you…” Then Firestar says, “Has it been worth it, Tigerstar? All the hate? All the death?” Tigerstar says, “Every moment.” Then he leaped onto Firestar, and their battle finally began.
Every moment in the Warriors Series was adding up to this moment. Everything the series had was based upon their rivalry. When Firestar finally beat Tigerstar, it seemed everything was all right now. Then the flaming free branch fell, and Firestar died. Then at the very, very end of The Last Hope, the final paragraph, it states, “There will be three cats, kin of your kin, with the power of the stars in their paws.They will find a fourth, and the battle between light and dark will be won. A new leader will rise from the shadows of his death, and the Clans will survive beyond the memories of his memories. This is how is has always been, and how it will always be.” This is such a fulfilling paragraph and it just wraps up everything that has happened in the series. All the prophecies, all the cats, were created for this moment.
For example, if Firestar had never come to the forest, he wouldn’t have been mates with Sandstorm, and Squirrelflight and Leafpool would never have been born, and then Jayfeather, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze wouldn’t have been born, and the prophecy of the three would never have existed. And if Firestar had never come to the forest, He wouldn’t have brought Cloudtail to the forest, and then he and Brightheart would not have been mates, and then Whitewing wouldn’t have been born, then Dovewing and Ivypool wouldn’t have been born, and the prophecy of the three would never have existed.
All in all, everything in the series was adding up to the final battle between Firestar and Tigerstar and the prophecy of the three. This revelation is why one moment seems to be connected to another, no matter how different they are. It all falls into place, and the Warriors series is complete.