As you may have heard, today at 10th Anniversary Clone Wars panel at San Diego Comic Con, Dave Filoni announced via a trailer, twelve new episodes of The Clone Wars to stream sometime next year on Disney’s direct-to-customer streaming service!
Here’s the trailer:
The 10th Anniversary panel included Dave Filoni, Athena Portillo, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, and Kevin Kiner. Among all of the reminiscing at the panel, the announcement of a new season of Clone Wars overshadowed everything, and fans erupted in a loud display of synchronized joy today at Comic Con. The fans have been wanting a proper series finale of the show since The Clone Wars went off the air in 2013 and now we will finally get it!
The news was met by ecstatic cheers and raised lightsabers that reverberated throughout the entire pop culture event. Speculation has already begun as to what we may see and many fans, including us are thinking that we may see the wrap-ups of the Siege of Mandalore and Crystal Crisis archs since we’ve already seen some of the unfinished work after The Clone Wars was canceled, before it found its way onto Netflix and now will conclude with Disney’s Netflix-like subscription service that will drop in fall of 2019.
Since its debut, The Clone Wars has become one of the most critically-acclaimed entries in the Star Wars saga, earning multiple Emmy awards and praise from fans of all ages around the globe. Since 2013, an effort to resurrect the series (#SaveTheCloneWars) was launched by fans, resulting in tens of thousands of emails/letters sent to Disney and Lucasfilm.
Here’s the official press release:
Some extremely exciting news landed at The Clone Wars anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con International today where fans were the first to learn that the beloved Clone Wars animated series, which ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2013, will be returning with twelve all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.
Dave Filoni, who helmed the show as Supervising Director during its original run, resumes his role on The Clone Wars continuation, which he can’t wait to share with fans. “I honestly didn’t think we would ever have the opportunity to return to The Clone Wars,” says Filoni. “Thanks to the relentless fan support and the team behind Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, we will now get to tell more of those stories. We feel a tremendous responsibility to make something that lives up to the legacy that George Lucas created with the original series and I think our team, many of whom worked on the show from the beginning, has risen to the challenge.”
The new Clone Wars episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, which explored the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The series will see the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. The new episodes will debut on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.
The fans have been wanting a proper series finale of the show since The Clone Wars went off the air in 2013 and now we will finally get it! The show most likely end up concluding with General Grievous kidnapping Palpatine, leading right into Revenge of the Sith, as the original Cartoon Network animated show by Genndy Tartakovsky did back in 2003. It could also end in a more satisfying send off for our characters right before Order 66 and the rise of Vader and Palpatine.
Only time will tell how everyting will play out on Disney’s still unreleased (and unnamed) streaming series. One thing is for sure is that the anticipation for new Clone Wars content is at its zenith today and will continue until fans get our chance to see how it ends.
Either Way, this will be a day long remembered.