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Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: The Bad Batch gets a third – and final – season

April 11th, 2023 by Marc Comments

Once more with feeling!

After the devastating events of The Bad Batch season 2 – it was only a few weeks back, so we won’t spoil anything – we were worried a little at the backs of our minds that we might not get to see the conclusion of Wrecker, Hunter, Omega and the gang’s adventures… but our fears have been put to bed; the Clone Force 99 is returning for one last adventure.

Revealed at Star Wars Celebration Europe, it was revealed that there will be one more season of the series, bringing this chapter of the Star Wars universe to an end.

While there was a trailer shown at Celebration, I sadly wasn’t able to attend but Holofiles have a very cool breakdown of the footage:

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Here be spoilers:

The trailer picks up where the heartbreaking second season left off. Hunter and Wrecker are searching for Omega, who is captured by Royce Hemlock at Mount Tantiss. Omega has a slightly different look now, sporting longer hair that suggests there’s been a little bit of a time gap between seasons one and two.

Trapped in the same Imperial Advanced Science division facility as Omega is Crosshair, who is notably scarred from whatever experimentation the Empire has subjected him to. It’s clear from the trailer that Crosshair is firm in his stance against the Empire and struggling with the role he played over the first two seasons.

Emperor Palpatine is briefly seen in the trailer, arriving on Mount Tantiss. Between The Mandalorian and Ahsoka seemingly setting up Heir to the Empire connections, in addition to the lingering questions of cloning from The Rise of Skywalker, chances are that secrets about Palpatine’s plans will be revealed in Season 3.

The trailer also briefly provides a look at Fennec Shand. The master assassin appeared in The Bad Batch Season 1, but was absent from the second season. Following her role in The Mandalorian and more substantially in The Book of Boba Fett, it looks as if Ming-Na Wen’s character will continue to be significant in Star Wars storytelling.

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Captain Rex, wearing his clone trooper armor, appears in the trailer. And so does his comrade Clone Trooper Wolffe. Wolffe was another fan favorite, who debuted in The Clone Wars before also appearing alongside Rex in Rebels.

Reports are that the teaser has a dark tone, similar to the finale of season 2, meaning this new season will likely not be played for laughs, whihc is great news given it seems like it will be a big park of the franchise’s story moving forward and evetually connecting to the sequel trilogy.

Also, on the official Star Wars site, they wrote:

Following the events of Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2, it was confirmed today at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 that Season 3 is on the way, arriving on Disney+ in 2024. Announced by executive producers Brad Rau, Jennifer Corbett, and Athena Portillo at the Bad Batch panel, it will be the final season as Lucasfilm finishes telling this part of the story.

The ‘this part of the story’ line got our attention; given that The Bad Batch was really a continuation of The Clone Wars, might this mean there’s more of that bigger story to come? Or is ‘the story’ merely the larger Star Wars story as a whole? I would be surprised if, after this series ends, we’ll not get lots more animated adventures down the line, wouldn’t you?

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.

Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….