Say what you want about the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, but without it, we wouldn’t have received the best canon Star Wars property outside of the movies themselves: the Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series by Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy.
Originally running from 2008 to 2014, it was six seasons worth of epic and expansive Star Wars on a scale that’s never been seen before. It also introduced us to now-iconic characters like Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, and more, as well as fleshed out the Prequels in a way that made up for those movies’ flaws.
Thanks to Disney, we are now officially getting Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7, which will also be its final season.
What Is Star Wars The Clone Wars?
If you’ve ever watched the Prequels, you’d know that the end of Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones sparked the beginning of the Clone Wars (which was also mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope). The events in Star Wars The Clone Wars takes place after Attack Of The Clones, bridging the gap between that movie and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
Ahsoka Tano is perhaps the single most important character and the main protagonist in Star Wars The Clone Wars. To those unfamiliar with her, Anakin Skywalker was given an apprentice by Master Yoda, and it was a young female Padawan named Ahsoka Tano. She developed from being annoying as hell character that fans hated to becoming one of the most beloved characters in the franchise several seasons in.
She grew throughout the earlier six seasons of Star Wars The Clone Wars to become a confident and strong Jedi in her own right. When we last saw her in The Clone Wars, a fellow Padawan named Barriss Offee framed Ahsoka for an attack on the Jedi Temple, resulting in Ahsoka’s banishment from the Jedi Order.
Although Barriss’s plot was eventually uncovered, Ahsoka rejected the Jedi Order’s offer to be reinstated as a Jedi. Disillusioned and having lost her faith in the Jedi Order, she abandoned it and her master, Anakin Skywalker, in what was one of the saddest moments in Star Wars history.
We never did find out where she went after that, as even her later re-appearance in Star Wars: Rebels didn’t reveal her direct actions in the aftermath. Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 will explore what she did, as she participated in the Siege Of Mandalore (the final major conflict before The Clone Wars ended, leading to the rise of the Empire).
The Clone Troopers
The Clone Troopers were a major part of Star Wars The Clone Wars, and I’m not talking about some random unnamed Clones. There were some important fan-favourite named Clones, such as Captain Rex of the 501st Legion, Commander Cody and ARC Trooper Fives.
These Clones are often the beating heart of the series, showing us what it feels like to be bred solely for war and being expendable soldiers; not having the privilege of being powerful Jedi. War is hell and brutal, but we never really see much of that in the movies (besides 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that is).
While Commander Cody was last seen tragically forced to turn on Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (which resulted in his death), we never did find out what happened to Captain Rex. Captain Rex does make an appearance later as an older man in Star Wars Rebels, though it was never revealed how exactly he broke free of the Order 66 conditioning.
With only 12 episodes in Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7, the spotlight will surely be on the highly-anticipated Siege Of Mandalore. During this battle, the Republic and the Jedi Order attempt to liberate Mandalore (home planet of the Mandalorians) from the control of Darth Maul and the terrorist group Death Watch.
This will be an extremely vital piece of Star Wars lore, as we will finally learn more about badly this affected Mandalore (and by extension, the Mandalorians), to the point that they still haven’t recovered their previous status even after the Empire fell post-Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (as seen in The Mandalorian Season 1).
From the looks of the most recent trailer, it is also possible that Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 will overlap into the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, as it has been mentioned in the canon novel ‘Ahsoka’ that Order 66 and the final battle in the Siege Of Mandalore will happen concurrently.
Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze, the previous leader of the terrorist group Death Watch is the one who recruits Ahsoka Tano. It’s undetermined whether they’re working with the Republic and Jedi or not, but it’s more likely that they’re working as a sort of guerilla group fighting to reclaim Mandalore on the side.
In the Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 trailers, we’ve seen Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and several other Jedi. It remains unclear what roles these characters will play in the final season of the series. However, Anakin Skywalker may still be reeling from losing his Padawan and learning about Padme’s pregnancy. That, plus with the stress of participating in The Clone Wars, we will see him spiralling more towards the Dark Side.
Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu can be seen together, so it’s easy to surmise that they could likely be leading the Clones in the Siege Of Mandalore. It certainly makes more sense that the focus will be more on Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker rather than any of the other Jedi, as this will be a defining period of time in their lives.
What Is Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 About?
Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 will consist of 12 episodes, comprising of three main story arcs. The first will focus on the elite Clonetrooper squadron called ‘The Bad Batch’, also known as Clone Force 99.
They are an elite clone commando squad led by Sergeant Hunter, notorious for their “desirable” genetic mutations, unorthodox fighting style and dangerously reckless attitude.
The second major story arc will revolve heavily around Ahsoka Tano herself, as we learn more about what she’s been doing since leaving the Jedi Order. In this story arc, Ahsoka will be hiding in the depths of Coruscant, where she will meet two sisters named Trace and Araba.
This storyline will take place on the Level 1313, the infamous seedy sector filled with the galaxy’s worst scum (that was supposed to be the main setting for the ultimately-cancelled Star Wars 1313 game).
The third and final arc of Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 will then culminate in the epic and massic Siege of Mandalore.
When Is Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 Releasing?
Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 7 will premiere exclusively on Disney Plus starting from 21 February 2020, with a new episode every week on Friday onwards.