You heard right folks. Star Wars: The Clone Wars IS BACK!!!
Wow, I’ll be honest, wouldn’t have expected this if it were not hinted at several days ago by Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex) on Twitter. Informing Fans that they shouldn’t miss the Clone Wars panel at this years Comic Con.
Well Baker was right, it wasn’t something to miss. After years of Fans of the Clone Wars showing their interest in a proper ending to the series, Dave Filoni and LucasFilm have fulfilled that wish. The final series will consist of twelve Episodes. This could contain either three or four Story Arcs, question is what could they be?
The Siege of Mandalore
Right, this is the big one. THE FINALE. Maul would have returned to Mandalore with his remaining forces after his defeat at the hands of both Darth Sidious and General Grievous, which resulted in the death of his mother, Mother Talzin. This plot thread can be read upon in the 4 part comic Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.
Bo Katan would seek out Ahsoka Tano (now no longer part of the Jedi Order) for help. Where Anakin and Obi Wan would come to aid her in the attack. But would be called away to the Battle of Coruscant to rescue Chancellor Palpatine. From this point one, this arc crosses into Revenge of the Sith territory.
Before leaving Anakin would leave some of the 501st Legion (now with orange and white armour), along with Captain Rex to assist her. During the battle with Maul’s forces and duel with the zabrak, the now famous Order 66 would be activated. Maul, Ahsoka and Rex (who at this point had already removed his chip) would flee the attacking clones. With Ahsoka and Rex faking their deaths.
This will now explain why Rex wasn’t in Episode III (well at the time he wasn’t even created) and why Maul and Ahsoka are familiar with each other during the finale of season two of Star Wars: Rebels.
The Bad Batch
The second arc that will probably (I’m like, 83% sure here) that of the Bad Batch Arc. Now this arc can be watched in animatic form here. It’s a four episode story arc which would have introduced a squad of purposely altered clone troopers called Clone Force 99 nicknamed the Bad Batch due to the alterations. Picture Delta Squad, but every member is the wild card.
Captain Rex and the Bad Batch would be investigating a new algorithm the Separatists were using to predict Republic strategies, resulting in Separatist victories. This investigation would have revealed that clone trooper Echo was still alive, who was previously thought to be dead. Anakin, Rex and the Bad Batch would then travel to Skako to rescue the solider.
This arc would have just seen the return of Admiral Trench, but also a new class of Battle Droids called D-Wing Droids, armed with built-in blasters and could use fold-out wings to enter flight mode, with an appearance and programming similar to the common Separatist B1 battle droid.
Crystal Crisis on Utapau
Again another arc that can be watched in early animatics. Crystal Crisis on Utapau like the Bad Batch is a four Episode arc. Obi Wan and Anakin are sent to the planet Utapau to investigate the death of a Jedi Master and discovered the Separatists in possession to a massive Kyber Crystal. General Grievous would also make an appearance, looking closer to his Revenge of the Sith appearance. The arc would have ended with the Kyber Crystal being overloaded from canon and blaster fire destroying it along with a Droid Supply Ship.
Though this arc would have been the first hint of the Death Star’s use of the Kyber Crystals for it’s planet destroying super laser, which was a plot point in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Other Arcs/ Unfinished Episodes
What comes next are stories from concept arts, scripts and ideas for what could have been 13 Story arcs. Let’s begin with the Story of the picture above.
“Return to the Jedi” would have been about what lay beneath the Jedi Temple, similar to how churches were often built on the previous religious center. Different Force-user temples, and maybe even a Sith shrine, would be beneath. There would be giant skeleton Kaiju down there.
Ahsoka discovers a threat in the underworld of Coruscant and makes her way back to the Jedi order to warn them. She, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker sets out to rescue Master Yoda from the Sith shrine. The arc would also have featured Darth Sidious trying to break into the Holocron Vault of the Jedi Temple, but Ahsoka would hinder his progress. Resulting in Ahsoka being shocked by Sidious’ Force Lightning as seen in the picture above.
“Bounty Hunter Arc” was a four Episode arc was written by Matt Michnovetz, about Boba Fett and Cad Bane teaming up for a “rescue mission” on Tatooine where Tusken Raiders had kidnapped a child. It would emphasize Boba’s and Cad’s relation to one another as Cad had known Jango. The story would be heavily influenced by the film The Searchers, which George Lucas likes. Aurra Sing, Seripas, C-21 Highsinger, Embo, Latts Razzi and Bossk were also going to be in the story according to concept art.
The arc would end with a wild west inspired showdown between Bane and Fett. And would explain how Boba got his signature dent on his helmet.
“The next arc that involved the bounty hunters was really finally bringing the two big bounty hunters, Boba Fett and Cad Bane, together.“
– Dave Filoni
“Ahsoka’s Walkabout” was a four part arc following Ahsoka Tano after her decision to leave the Jedi Order. This arc was to show some of her first adventures in the underworld where she met a scoundrel named Nyx Okami, who she developed a close relationship with. Ahsoka’s character was challenged when she got involved with the underworld and the Pyke Syndicate (which we would later see on the big screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story) but had to resist her Jedi teachings for her own safety.
“Kashyyyk” would have been about the clones and the Wookiees finding a common ground to fight the Separatists. Some of Yoda’s troopers would have his head silhouette on their helmets, and Echo would now be part of the Bad Batch squad. A story-reel clip was shown at the panel, which showed the Bad Batch and other Wookiees battling a new beast that was based on Kinraths from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game. Only parts of the four episodes of the arc were made into animatics before the series’ cancellation. Dave Filoni revealed at Celebration Europe II that Yoda would be in the arc to give credit to the line “Good relations with the Wookiees I have” from Revenge of the Sith. Matt Michnovetz revealed that Chewbacca would have played a huge role, and that the arc would have contained some references to The Star Wars Holiday Special.
“Rex and R2 Top Gun” the ground forces of the Clone Army getting into an argument with the pilots, and their astomechs, including R2-D2. This arc featured Rex and R2, where Rex flew a starfighter with R2 as his copilot. They would crash and be stranded together on one of the moons of Ryloth, where most of the episodes would take place. Rex and R2 reprogrammed a B2 super battle droid that they would grow attached to, and at some point Rex was injured. Friedman commented that the arc started out light and fun but then went to “some very unexpected and dark places.” This too was a four part arc.
“This was Top Gun with clones. It was basically the army clones, the ground forces, got in an argument with the pilots, and their astromechs got in an argument, R2 insulted the astromech, and it became this thing where Rex ended up having to fly a fighter with R2 as his copilot.“
– Dave Filoni
“Yuuzhan Vong” would have involved the Yuuzhan Vong in a very minimal way. A scout ship was trying to assess the strength of the Republic and what Jedi were. Pablo Hidalgo commented that it was a creepy story and would have been like an X-files episode with an alien-abduction event. To better align with George Lucas’ description of the Force, the Vong did not have any Force immunity in this story. Pablo said the story never got into the origins of the Vong, but that they probably were from another galaxy.
“The storyline really played on the alien abduction vibe, it was almost like an X-Files episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.“
– Pablo Hidalgo
“Return to Mon Cal” would have featured Padmé Amidala working against Chancellor Palpatine’s prolonged stay in office. Padmé and Anakin Skywalker would return to Mon Cala to meet with Prince Lee-Char (who’s story would in fact continue in recent Star Wars comics) once again. While there, they found out that the leader of the Quarren, Nossor Ri, had been murdered, and Tikkes had been appointed provisional leader in his place. Padmé hoped to gain support from the Quarren to remove Palpatine from office. The Quarren Senator Tundra Dowmeia explained to Padmé that their government was gridlocked and unable to function. They would meet with Tikkes, who expressed frustrations with Palpatine. This too was a four Episode Arc.
Arcs such as Dark Disciple and Son of Dathimir probably won’t be one of the arcs being made due to them already being retold for different media. But if they had been. Dark Disciple would have been an (I’m not kidding) an eight Episode arc featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos. The arc was scripted but not fully produced. Had it been. The Episodes would have been: “Lethal Alliance,” “The Mission,” “Conspirators,” “Dark Disciple,” “Saving Vos Part I,” “Saving Vos Part II,” “Traitor,” and “The Path.” The plot would have revolved around a plot to assassinate Count Dooku, with Ventress and Vos falling in love.
The Son of Dathimir arc would have been four Episodes long and we would have seen Maul duelling with General Grievous. A temporary team up between Count Dooku and Maul, resulting in the death of Jedi Master Tiplee after being stabbed by Dooku. And the final showdown between Maul and his old master Darth Sidious. General Grievous would have also murdered his mother before him, similar to how Sidious had slain his brother not too long ago.
With that, we have some idea what this final series may contain. Three or four arc that will close the Clone Wars. If LucasFilm have fully animated “The Bad Batch” and “Crystal Crisis on Utapau” which would be eight Episodes in total. That’s already two thirds of the final season. Though there could be a possibility that LucasFilm could increase the length of the last Episodes to fit another arc in. Who knows?
But if there was going to be room for an extra arc, which unfinished Episodes/Arcs would you want to see?