At San Diego Comic-Con last month, Dave Filoni and the Clone Wars team dropped a bombshell at a 10th-anniversary panel: We are getting one final, 12-episode season to wrap up the storylines of all our favorite characters. The season will air on Disney's streaming service.
The show originally ran for five seasons and served to bridge the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. For a generation that viewed the prequels with some disdain, though, the show also did something else — it made us care about these stories.
The Clone Wars had heart and characterization that was missing from the prequel movies. Viewers became invested in the relationship between Anakin and Padmé, and even mourned Anakin’s eventual fall. We were introduced to Ahsoka, Anakin’s padawan and one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars franchise, despite the fact that she’s never appeared on the big screen. We got to know the clones and saw how big of a violation Order 66 really was.
Now that there are new episodes on the way, there are of course storylines we’d like to see resolved (the series was canceled, so the production team didn’t get to wrap it up the way they’d wanted to). Here are just a few characters and stories we’d love to see in the new season of The Clone Wars.
Ahsoka as a Jedi freelancer
The last scene between Anakin and Ahsoka in The Clone Wars is pretty painful, as Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order after she’s falsely accused of bombing the Jedi Temple. While Anakin fought for her and helped clear her name, the rest of the Jedi Order did nothing. Ahsoka realized that the Order was corrupt and she no longer belonged with them. It’s a heartbreaking moment, as she leaves her master, and her whole life, behind.
But as we know now from E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka and Star Wars: Rebels, Ahsoka’s story doesn’t end there. She continues to work with the Jedi as a sort of freelancer and even commanded a clone unit under Captain Rex during the Siege of Mandalore. I’d love to see Disney give Ahsoka the send-off she deserves before she emerges much older, wiser, and more mysterious in Rebels.
The separation between Anakin and Padmé
Anakin and Padmé go through a lot as a couple over the course of The Clone Wars, but it’s nothing compared to what comes in Revenge of the Sith. Over the course of the show, Anakin’s jealousy rears its ugly head more and more. He tries to protect Padmé, not understanding that she doesn’t want (and often, doesn’t need) it, as she wants to solve problems on her own terms.
Towards the end of the show, things get so dire that Padmé contemplates a separation. While the two ultimately reconcile, it would be nice (though painful, because The Clone Wars really made me love this couple) to see more discord between the two. They need to be stretched to the breaking point.
Yoda and the Jedi Council
There are five official seasons of The Clone Wars, as well as a sixth half-season called “The Lost Missions.” This half-season aired and episodes are only available for streaming on Netflix. In them, Yoda has a pivotal storyline in which he goes in search of the secret of how to appear as a Force ghost. Along the way, though, he comes close to discovering the true identity of Lord Sidious and realizes that the Jedi Order should never have gotten involved in the Clone Wars.
The role the Jedi play in their own downfall is an important theme that’s explored throughout The Clone Wars but isn’t as prominent in the movies. Yoda finally comes a full circle by the events of The Last Jedi, but seeing that moment of realization, and the understanding of just how badly the Jedi screwed all of this up, would be rewarding.
If you haven’t seen The Clone Wars or Rebels, you probably have never heard of the Mortis. For a simple three-episode standalone arc in The Clone Wars, it’s had a lot of influence on the Star Wars universe. It held the key to some very important events in Rebels and explored Force lore in a way that nothing else has across the franchise.
On Mortis, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka met an all-powerful family who were the embodiments of the Force: the Daughter was the Light, while the Son was the Dark. The Father kept them both in balance. Rebels explores this idea further, as on Mortis, the Daughter sacrificed herself to save Ahsoka, and Ahsoka clearly has a tie to her in the newer series.
Because Mortis becomes important again in Rebels, and presumably the weight it has will continue through the future of the franchise, it would be interesting to see another visit to that world, or perhaps just an exploration of how Ahsoka is connected to Mortis.
At the end of The Clone Wars, Darth Maul’s rule of Mandalore was overthrown by Ahsoka and the clones. We don’t see him again after that, until Rebels, where he shows up with a vendetta against Obi-Wan and a desire to take Ezra as a pupil. Everything we know about his in-between years is from one cameo. According to the movie Solo, he then became the leader of the organization Crimson Dawn. How did he get there?