When Disney canceled all existing Lucasfilm properties after their acquisition of George Lucas’ company, many Star Wars fans were upset that they weren’t going to get an opportunity to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars conclude properly. While The Clone Wars recently ended its fifth season, the final episodes had yet to be produced for broadcast. Now that Star Wars: Rebels is just over the horizon, there is some hope that Disney will allow The Clone Wars to burn off the last few episodes.
Just coming off their New York Comic-Con panel, The Clone Wars producer Dave Filoni announced on Facebook that the final few episodes of the defunct animated series are finished and ready to air. While it’s uncertain where they would premiere (either the Cartoon Network or Disney XD), The Clone Wars episodes are expected to broadcast in early 2014.
Star Wars fans — I have some exciting news! We have wrapped production on all of the remaining Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, and while that might be sad news in one way, it’s good news in another. It means you will finally get to see them. When, exactly, is a detail I cannot yet share. I can confirm that in early 2014 you will be watching the final episodes of The Clone Wars, including one of Master Yoda’s most challenging missions. So, get ready. We’ve got Clone Wars and Rebels coming at you in 2014. Animated Star Wars is alive and well. Trust in the Force my friends.
The Clone Wars ended with episode 20 of season five, “The Wrong Jedi,” which aired back in March of this year. The season did not conclude properly with a season or series finale, so it’s good that fans of The Clone Wars will get to see how the story ends. Of course, The Clone Wars takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in the Star Wars timeline, so we know the series will end with certain doom for the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Knights. The animated series was never really about finding a happy ending for our heroes, but rather simply expanding the Star Wars universe.
Filoni didn’t mention when the series would return, or on which network, but it’s just good to know The Clone Wars will air its final episodes instead of just releasing them on Blu-ray/DVD. This will give fans of the series to watch the final episodes for free on TV.
Over the weekend, Lucasfilm provided fans with an update on Star Wars: Rebels, the new animated series that replaced The Clone Wars. Rebels takes place 14 years after Revenge of the Sith, just before the events of A New Hope. The series will feature the Galactic Empire we know and love, and a small group of teenagers who are fed up with the Empire’s control of the galaxy. This small group is the beginnings of the Rebel Alliance. Although the series takes place after Episode III, Rebels might feature a few Jedi Knights who managed to find sanctuary after Emperor Palpatine’s dreaded Order 66, which wiped out a majority of the Jedi ranks.
Practically the same production and writing staff from The Clone Wars also work on Rebels, so the new series will feel more like a continuation that a brand new TV show. Star Wars: Rebels will air in October 2014 on the Disney Channel and later Disney XD.