As announced this weekend at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, we now know what the new story arcs of Star Wars The Clone Wars that will be coming our way, following up on their announcement at last summer’s San Diego Comic Con when they revealed the news and a trailer.
It was incredibly exciting news when the SDCC trailer was released, and now, from the SWCC panel discussion and trailer, we now know what to expect.
It seems there will be three four-episode story arcs, resulting in twelve episodes. The three story arcs will be (unclear of the order):
- An arc featuring Ahsoka Tano trying to figure out life on Coruscant, following her departure from the Jedi Order
- The Bad Batch arc, which was originally shown in its story reel format at SWCA four years ago and released online a little bit after that, although now it will be visually touched-up and there may be some story changes, as well, it seems
- The long-awaited Siege of Mandalore, which had been both hinted at during the season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels, as well as briefly described at the outset of the 2016 Ahsoka novel
Having already seen the Bad Batch arc in story reel format, I am kind of sad that they are just re-using the material rather than adding to it, but, on the other hand, I’m both glad to see it being fully visually finished, as well as gaining a broader exposure to the fandom. I am, however, incredibly excited about the Siege of Mandalore. After hearing of its references (see above), I couldn’t wait to see what happens on Mandalore, especially between Maul and Ahsoka!
One thing that was excitedly surprising was the lack of any mention that this upcoming season would necessarily be the final season of Star Wars The Clone Wars! I totally expected Dave Filoni to mention something along those lines, yet there was no such mention! This is curiously causing me some cautious optimism….