Star Wars: 3 things to expect from the return of Clone Wars

What can we expect from the return of Star Wars’ beloved animated Clone Wars series? Here are three things you can bank on.

Since the show ended in 2008, many fans have been clamoring for more of the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars.

Why? The Clone Wars was an exceptionally well-done animated series, filling so many gaps and exploring so many story arcs that simply could not be explored in the prequel trilogy.

A few of those story arcs were left somewhat unresolved, even though a number of Clone Wars characters made an appearance in Star Wars: Rebels, another fantastic animated series.

Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman said the show had been written through season 8, and the series ended after season 5 with a “sixth” series coming in 2014 in the form of The Lost Missions, 13 episodes of content and further story development.

Still, with eight full seasons written and six seasons available to fans, it isn’t difficult to wonder why fans want more Clone Wars.

Even though we know the fates of these characters (for the most part) I think the 12 episodes of season 7 will provide us with plenty of great moments for all of the characters but there could very well be three primary focuses.

Here are my guesses.

1. Ahsoka Tano

I think there’s no question Ahsoka Tano is going to be the biggest focus of the return of this series. At the end of season 5, Ahsoka felt betrayed by the Jedi Order when she was accused of murder, and she ended up leaving the Jedi and her master Anakin Skywalker at that point.

Even with her story and situation unresolved at that point, Ahsoka obviously survived Order 66 and was somewhere in hiding during the final battles of the Clone Wars. This season will likely provide us with her official last encounter with Anakin Skywalker.

2. The Siege of Mandalore

The Siege of Mandalore is one of the last major battles of the Clone Wars. The trailer implied that the Siege of Mandalore could take place as the writers lamented they never got to tell that story, which was slated for season eight.

The image we have for season 7 (a clone trooper’s helmet with Ahsoka’s markings) is a hint of the two commanders (Captain Rex and Ahsoka) coming together for their last battle together. Rex acknowledged he fought by Ahsoka’s side for this particular battle in Star Wars: Rebels.

This battle could mean the timeline slightly intersects with Revenge of the Sith. That would be a fun touch.

3. Darth Maul

Maul was returning to power before he was captured in The Clone Wars by Darth Sidious. The story goes that he was the primary adversary in the Siege of Mandalore, and this really marked the beginning of his crime syndicate reign.

Maul, as we know from Solo, becomes the leader of the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn after his reign with the Shadow Collective dissolves.

The second Clone Wars trailer for season seven looked like it was a trailer for an Ahsoka standalone movie capped off with some footage of Ahsoka and Maul in lightsaber combat.

Maul is still trying to bait Obi-Wan Kenobi but gets Ahsoka instead. His story arc will get plenty of focus in this season.