"Is it just me or does the idea of giving Anakin an apprentice seem ridiculous (as she has to die?) "
Anakin has an apprentice in this movie?
To quote Lando: "This deal is getting worse all the time." "
This is from the Star Wars official database; "In an effort to teach Anakin responsibility, Master Yoda gave him a Padawan learner, 14-year-old Ahsoka Tano. Though they were as different as a Master and his apprentice could be, Anakin and Ahsoka quickly found a common ground, which left Yoda wondering whether the responsibility of mentorship would actually calm Anakin's wild ways, or if he'd simply pass them on to his new Padawan"