Ending, “The Clone Wars” is.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will release its seventh and final season on Disney Plus on Friday, bringing a conclusion to the highly-regarded animated “Star Wars” show that has opened our eyes and minds to new characters and understanding of the “Star Wars” universe.
Set during the Clone Wars — between “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” — “The Clone Wars” follows a number of characters as they try to survive wartime in the galaxy. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are main characters for the show, along with Anakin’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano. We meet important clone troopers, like Rex, and see the return of old villains, like Darth Maul. We see Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and General Grievous running through the galaxy trying to lead the Confederate of Independent Systems (or the Separatists) against the Republic.
“Clone Wars” has plenty of arcs — like two or three episodes in a row that connect together — but also a slew of one-offs. Some, like the “Mortis Trilogy,” will broaden your understanding of the Force. Others, like the Darksaber stories, will help you dive deeper into the mythology of the “Star Wars” universe.
What we’ll get with season seven remains a mystery. “Star Wars” has expanded greatly since the last time we watched this show live — the sixth season, titled “Lost Missions,” dropped in February 2014 before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — with the arrival of the sequel trilogy and the new Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian.” There’s also the other animated shows “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars Resistance.” And don’t forget the Disneyland and Walt Disney World immersive park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which brings its own lore to the franchise.
There is so much Star Wars right now. There is so many areas to explore, So what should we expect from the newest season of “The Clone Wars,” a show that’s been around but has ties to the others? I’ve put together seven different predictions for the new season that would be perfect options to send off the series in the right way.
The return of darksaber
This seems like an easy one for the show. “The Mandalorian” ended its first season with a wild cliffhanger as Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) stepped off of his ship with the famous darksaber, a weapon made famous in both “The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels.” It would only make sense for “Clone Wars” — which takes place nearly 40 years before “The Mandalorian” — to give us a second look at the saber with some additional lore added into it.
One more round on Mortis
Mortis played a massive role at the end of season six of “The Clone Wars.” Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi had an extended stay there where they learned about the nature of the Force and how Anakin was truly meant to bring balance to the Force. Yoda later learned details of Mortis, too. With questions raised about the nature of the Force following the release of “Rise of Skywalker,” it would only make sense to bring the planet and its characters — I won’t spoil who they are because it’s worth watching on your own if you haven’t — back one more time to learn any last plot holes about the franchise.
Exegol and the Final Order
Remember in “The Rise of Skywalker” when Kylo Ren visits Exegol and a resurrected Emperor Palpatine mentions the Final Order? For many, this seemed out of place. How did Palpatine come up with the idea? How did he get to Exegol? “The Clone Wars” would do well to bring Exegol into the fold. Show the planet. Explain why Palpatine would go there. Offer any bit of information that could build context for what happens in “Rise of Skywalker.”
A sendoff to Darth Maul (for now)
Darth Maul made an epic return to the “Star Wars” universe in “The Clone Wars.” Not long after, we saw him pop up in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars Rebels.” The trailers show we’ll see him again. We’ll likely get one final send off that leads into his role on “Rebels” and “Solo” — something necessary to continue building out the Darth Maul story.
An appearance from Ezra
Ezra Bridger — the main character of the “Star Wars Rebels” show — finished his storyline by disappearing into space. The show flashes forward to see Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren teaming up to find Ezra. It would be an interesting turn of events to see Ezra pop up in “Clone Wars” since Ezra has been known to dip into time travel during his run on “Rebels.”
The beginning of ‘Revenge of the Sith’
When this show ends, I want to see the beginning of “Revenge of the Sith.” End the series with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker sliding into their speeders and heading toward the battle we see in the opening of “Revenge of the Sith.” This would likely mean that we’d see Palpatine captured and added to a ship, too.
A hint of Rey
In “Rise of Skywalker,” Kylo Ren reveals that Rey is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine — a fact that’s a little jaw-dropping and off-putting since we know nothing about Palpatine’s relationships. It would be interesting to see Palpatine form a romantic relationship in the final season of “Clone Wars,” giving a sign about Rey’s parentage and the bigger story to come.