Star Wars: The Bad Batch has finally reached its epic conclusion. Thankfully, though, the hugely popular show was recently commissioned for a second season on Disney+ and is set to arrive sometime next year. But until then, fans will undoubtedly rewatch the show again, reliving some of their favorite moments, while trying to figure out what's next for Clone Force 99.
However, in a recent interview with StarWars.com, the show's creators, executive producer, and supervising director Brad Rau, and executive producer and head writer Jennifer Corbett, spoke about their highlights, as well as some hints as to what we can expect for the future of The Bad Batch. First, let's give ourselves a quick reminder of everything that has happened so far.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1.
The show begins where The Clone Wars left off, during the new Galactic Empire's Order 66, which sees the Grand Army of the Republic given orders to kill all Jedi, a plan put in motion by Palpatine long ago, with each of the Clone Troopers having had inhibitor chips implanted in their brains. When defective clones, Hunter, Echo, Tech, and Wrecker, discover that the Republic has been replaced by the Empire, they abandon their latest mission of killing refugees – a task ordered by Admiral Tarkin, who is in the process of determining the value of clones.
They return to Kamino to rescue young girl Omega, another defective clone and medical assistant to Kaminoan Nala Se. But Crosshair, a member of the Bad Batch, falls under the influence of his chip and turns against his four brothers, becoming as loyal to the new Empire as he was to the Republic. Over the course of the series, the team seeks refuge across the galaxy, with Crosshair and the Empire hot on their tail. During this time, we learn that Omega is an unmodified replication of Jango Fett, making her a ‘pure clone' and therefore the ideal source for a new batch of clones.
Eventually, we return to Kamino for a big showdown. When the Empire decides not to go ahead with any more clone army contracts, having already started to replace the clones with volunteers, all non-critical personnel are killed, and Star Destroyers attack Tipoca City, which starts to sink into the ocean with our heroes inside. After managing to resurface and find their ship, Crosshair, despite having been saved by Omega and, in turn, saving her life, refuses to join his brothers. Before the credits roll, we see Nala Se arrive at an Imperial facility, where the Empire has "plans" for her.
In their interview with StarWars.com, the show's creators discussed some of the show's themes, while Jennifer Corbett hinted at the second season, saying: "What Hunter is trying to do is keep his squad safe, and Omega is just trying to learn how to survive in this world, having been kept on Kamino her whole life. Crosshair, now that we know his chip is removed, he's trying to see if he really does fit in with the Empire. He doubles down and he decides to stay. This is what he's going to do. And Echo is the one who is questioning Hunter the most on what they should be doing and wanting to do more. All three of them continue to have these internal discussions throughout the season and hopefully the next season".
Brad Rau also explained that they didn't want to have "everyone's purpose locked in at the end of Season 1" – and that this will be dealt with as they "move into Season 2", before adding, "It's going to be a big deal, something we really want to dig into". So it sounds like the second season will focus and expand upon character motivations and relationships. But we will no doubt also meet some new characters too, some of whom are likely to be other clones. When asked what might become of the other clones who are out in the galaxy, Rau said that it's a storyline that "won't go undiscussed" in the next season.
The creators went on to relive some of their favorite moments from the show, which included Order 66, Caleb Dume's cameo, Wrecker's inhibitor chip fully activating, and the ‘stand-off' between bounty hunters Fennec Shand and Cad Bane. In fact, it was revealed in the interview that the episode "Bounty Lost", which features the two bounty hunters going head-to-head, was actually in development before The Mandalorian had even come out, which means that, technically speaking, Fennec first appeared in The Bad Batch!
The creators didn't offer up anything solid for The Bad Batch Season 2, but it's clear that we're not done with any of these characters – which is music to our ears. But they did confirm that the inhibitor chip storyline, which was carried largely by Crosshair, is also one they're "not done with yet". And the interview finally reached the season finale, in which Tipoca City is destroyed and left in ruins, an event that Corbett and Rau suggested would mark a new beginning for The Bad Batch, as they move away from the cloning era.
"The ramifications of this attack and what the Empire has done, and what it means for the Bad Batch and for the clones, is something we're going to continue with," Corbett said. "You can't do something like that and not address it when you're talking about a series about clone troopers." Rau expanded on this, saying, "Although we show, literally, The Clone Wars logo burning away as the first visual of Season 1, that we see this destruction at the end of the season, is not just the proverbial but the literal end of an era that we really wanted to show. And it's tragic. It's heavy. There's a lot to it. But we're not done telling that story."
As for Nala Se's arrival at the Imperial Lab at the end of the finale, the creators didn't indulge the fan-theory about the scene's relationship with the Emperor's plans to clone himself - something fans have also speculated after The Mandalorian Season 2. "What Nala Se is doing, should be a mystery to the audience, and we hope to explore that in the upcoming season," Corbett confirmed.
We might have a while to wait until The Bad Batch Season 2, and also other shows such as The Mandalorian Season 3, Ahsoka, Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Star Wars: Visions, for that matter. But all things Star Wars are still currently streaming on Disney+. Not only that, but The Book of Boba Fett is set to arrive this December, so it's possible we'll see Omega in live-action long before we see her return in the animated form...
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