Here’s Where the New Episodes of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Will Air
Star Wars fans everywhere erupted with glee on Thursday afternoon when it was announced at Comic-Con that The Clone Wars will be returning for all new episodes. So what do we know about The Clone Wars‘ surprising return? Where, exactly, will the new episodes air?
As revealed during today’s Clone Wars panel and later explained on StarWars.com, the new episodes are going to be premiering on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. The episodes will not be airing on Cartoon Network like the first five seasons, nor will they be airing on Netflix like the sixth season.
This fact gives us more of an idea of when the new episodes might come out, as Disney’s streaming service is not expected to launch until late next year. So don’t expect to see The Clone Wars‘ new episodes until fall 2019 at the earliest. It would not be surprising if the new season is available as soon as Disney’s streaming service launches, although that has not yet been confirmed.
The plan is for The Clone Wars to return for 12 new episodes. As fans know, the story arc was never finished in the way that creator Dave Filoni intended. The series, which takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and revolves largely around Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, was canceled in 2013. Since then, the creators have discussed some of the storylines that would have occurred in future seasons, but fans never thought they’d actually see those until now.
To be fair, Filoni didn’t think we would either, as he explained in an interview with StarWars.com. He also said that getting to finish the story is extremely exciting.
“Personally, it’s very rewarding,” he said. “Any opportunity to put the final pieces of the story in place is meaningful as a storyteller. I’m happy for the opportunity to define these things and the end of this part of the Clone War.”
The return of The Clone Wars means that there are now a total of three Star Wars shows in development. There’s also Star Wars Resistance, a brand new animated series that takes place shortly before The Force Awakens and will feature characters from the movies such as Captain Phasma, Poe Dameron, and BB-8. Like Star Wars Rebels, this show will air on Disney XD, and it will premiere this fall.
Additionally, another Star Wars show is in the works that will be exclusive to the new Disney streaming service, and this one will be live action. We don’t yet have a title, but it’s going to be produced by Jon Favreau, and he says that it will take place after Return of the Jedi. Clearly, the Disney streaming service is looking like a must buy for Star Wars fans, as it will not only feature every movie in the franchise and every episode of the shows but two exclusive series as well.
Disney’s streaming service is the company’s attempt to compete with Netflix, and it will include virtually all of its movies that are rated PG-13 and below, in addition to TV content. No official price point has been revealed, but Bob Iger has said that it will be cheaper than Netflix, so we should expect it to be below $10.