Everything You Need To Know About ‘The Clone Wars’ Season 7
One of the biggest television events is coming to Disney+ this month, and it’s Star Wars related. After the success The Mandalorian had, you already know this will be big. The Clone Wars has had its own massive following for years. Fans have been dying for the continuation of the series ever since it was canceled in 2014, and now they’re getting it.
Because of Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney and the transition, the show was axed while whole arcs were already being worked on for the show. It was meant to completely bridge the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Thanks to fans, it was brought back to do just that. Here’s a refresher course on what you need to know going into Season 7 of The Clone Wars.
Where did ‘The Clone Wars’ leave off? Are we on Season 6 or 7?
Even though the panel at Star Wars Celebration in 2019 said Season 6, it’s considered Season 7 on Disney+. The reason for the confusion in the fandom is because the story ended on Season 5, and the “sixth” season is called the Lost Missions. There are about three or so arcs that are important for Star Wars lore and canon, but don’t touch on things that happened in Season 5.
Most pointedly, Ahsoka’s trial and her leaving the Jedi Order aren’t talked about at all. So, in terms of the story, the last time we saw of the characters Anakin had to say goodbye to his Padawan, which obviously pained him. Obi-Wan Kenobi, before appearing on the Council during her trial, had just witnessed the death of Duchess Satine of Mandalore. And everyone is getting closer and closer to the end of the war. But of course, they don’t know that yet.
That’s not to say Season 6 isn’t important! Chronologically, it still occurs before Season 7 in the timeline. Plus, it features a few important arcs like Clone trooper Fives nearly revealing Palpatine’s plan for Order 66 (the death to all Jedi) and Yoda receiving premonitions of the future.
How long before ‘Revenge of the Sith’ does this take place?
Episodes 1 through 13 of Season 5 took place in the year before Revenge of the Sith. So, Season 7 is happening at nearly the same time as Episode III. Plus, the trailer also confirms events from Revenge of the Sith will also take place in The Clone Wars. According to Dave Filoni at the Star Wars Celebration in Europe in 2016, during the “Ahsoka’s Untold Tales” panel, Ahsoka heads to Mandalore right as Anakin and Obi-Wan are heading to save the Chancellor from Grievous.
We do know that the Siege of Mandalore, which is presumably the last arc of Season 7, ends with Order 66. As you recall, Order 66 is at the end of Revenge of the Sith, when all the Clones turn on the Jedi. This the end of the war, because the Republic becomes the Empire and it swallows up the Separatists since Palpatine was controlling them as well.
What will this season be about?
There are many different arcs Dave Filoni shared that would have gone in the remaining season(s) of the show if it hadn’t been canceled. Without giving away too many spoilers, there’s supposed to be an arc around the “Bad Batch,” which includes Rex, Cody, and Clone Force 99 on a mission on planet Anaxes. Another was “Ahsoka’s Walkabout,” which visits her time in the underworld of Coruscant after she left the Jedi Order.
But the main, big one that’s sure to be emotional and dig into everyone’s feels is the Siege of Mandalore. We mentioned a few times above, but essentially it revisits Mandalore, which we last saw occupied by Maul. He’s currently in charge of Death Watch and is now controlled by Palpatine. Ahsoka is enlisted by Bo Katan (Duchess Satine’s sister and former member of Death Watch) to seek Republic help on Mandalore. A lot of this is seen in the trailer, and Ahsoka faces off with Maul. If you want a sneak peek of their witty repartee, it’s at the beginning of Ahsoka, the novel
Who’s returning and when will it be released?
There are certain bits of information that hasn’t officially been released, like who’s officially coming back, at least from official sources like IMDb. However, thanks to social media and the trailers, it’s safe to report that Ahsoka Tano will still be voiced by Ashley Eckstein, Anakin Skywalker by Matt Lanter, Rex and the Clone troopers by Dee Bradley Baker, Obi-Wan Kenobi by James Arnold Taylor, and Maul voiced by Sam Witwer as Maul.
As for the release date, the newest trailer released on Jan. 22 sets the debut as Feb. 21. It’ll stream on Disney+ and air weekly like all of its original series.
The show went on for five seasons and a lot happened. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, definitely revisiting Episodes 14 onward from Season 5 will do just fine. That’s where the important stuff is (from the most recent season), and the beginning of this season will no doubt recap the other details you need to know.