When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in October 2012, the acquisition prompted Lucasfilm to put all of its properties on hiatus until the details from the buyout could be ironed out. As a result, Lucasfilm eventually canceled everything in development to start over from scratch. This meant the unexpected cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a very popular animated series on the Cartoon Network. While the series’ storylines remained unfinished, the team behind The Clone Wars wanted to bring the series to a proper close for its fans. With The Clone Wars‘ sixth season in the can, the only question was when would fans get a chance to watch the last episodes of the animated series. It turns out, the answer is “next Month.”
According to USA Today, all five seasons of The Clone Wars will be available in their entirety on Netflix, as well as The Clone Wars feature film and the unseen sixth season, beginning on March 7. Season six will focus on the storyline of Ahsoka’s exit from the Jedi Order and the looming showdown with the Sith.
But it gets better. The last season will address burning questions left unanswered from the prequel trilogy, such as why some Jedi Knights fade away when they die, while others don’t. In fact, Liam Nesson will make a cameo appearance, reprising his role as Qui-Gon Jinn from The Phantom Menace. The video clip above features Qui-Gon revealing himself to Master Yoda for the first time. It’s almost chilling to watch. Keep in mind, The Clone Wars takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, so there’s an opportunity to retcon some of what George Lucas did with the Star Wars saga.
Back in December 2013, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo said that the company might follow the Marvel model, in reference to the comic book company’s partnership with Netflix. It was believed that Disney and Lucasfilm might develop a Star Wars TV series for the streaming service, and it seems that The Clone Wars will be the first fruit of the new partnership. Episode VII could open the door for a possible Star Wars live-action TV show, which has been in development for years under the tentative title of Star Wars: Underworld.
Much of the production team behind The Clone Wars has moved on to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Rebels. The new animated series follows the early beginnings of the Rebel Alliance, taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Rebels is expected to premiere as a feature film on The Disney Channel this summer, before it airs in 30-minute installments on Disney XD beginning this October.