We have some good news and some bad news! The good news is that, as you may already know, Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 is definitely happening. And the bad news? Well, it looks like the second series is facing a major delay! Let's find out what we know so far...
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch was a huge hit on Disney+ last year, so much so, that Disney and Lucasfilm wasted no time in greenlighting a follow-up season. The show takes place shortly after the hit animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, just as Order 66 is taking place, which involves the execution of all Jedi. But the Jedi aren't the stars of this show.
The Bad Batch follows Clone Force 99 - Tech, Wrecker, Echo, Hunter, and Crosshair - defected clones who, like the Grand Army of the Republic, were created on the planet Kamino. But when the team discovers the newly-formed Galactic Empire's plans for the galaxy, they decide to go on the run. Crosshair, however, remains loyal to the Empire.
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Joining Tech, Wrecker, Echo, and Hunter, is a young girl called Omega, who we learn is the direct clone of 'source clone' Jango Fett, which makes her the sister of Boba Fett. But the Empire has plans for Omega, and they won't stop until she's retrieved. Together, the team of clones tries to survive in the faraway galaxy, undertaking dangerous missions as they go.
The show ended with the destruction of the cloning facility on Kamino, but fortunately, Clone Force 99, including Omega and Crosshair, survive. Nala Se, however, one of Kamino's leading scientists, is taken to a secret location by the Empire, where she's expected to begin new work for them. So what can we expect from Season 2?
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Here's what the creators of The Bad Batch, executive producer and supervising director Brad Rau and executive producer and head writer Jennifer Corbett, had to say about what we can expect from Season 2, in an interview with StarWars.com following the Season 1 finale:
"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 added to 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."
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Unfortunately, though, it looks like fans will have to wait a bit longer for The Bad Batch Season 2. Initially, Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that the show would return in 'Spring 2022'. However, going by a recent post on StarWarsLeaks, which shows an image from Star Wars Insider 209, it looks like the show has been updated to 'Coming Soon'.
This will be disappointing for many fans, as 'Coming Soon' is pretty vague, and could mean any time between Spring and the end of the year, or even next year! On the other hand, there's still plenty of Star Wars content for fans to sink their teeth into in the meantime, including live-action shows such as The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
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As for new shows, the live-action Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 25 this year, while Andor - the live-action spin-off/prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - will arrive sometime during the summer. Other live-action shows in the works include Ahsoka, which will see Rosario Dawson reprising her role as the Togruta Jedi.
Shows currently streaming on Disney's hugely popular streaming service include Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars: Resistance, Star Wars: Visions, and a collection of Star Wars Vintage shows from the 1980s, and, of course, Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1. And that doesn't even include the 12 Star Wars movies!
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