Lucasfilm and The Clone Wars’ supervising director, Dave Filoni, have announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the television series, is over and that the fifth season that just came to an end was the final one for the show.
But here’s where it gets complicated. More episodes of The Clone Wars have been made than what we’ve seen. There were in fact glimpses in the trailer for Season 5 of a storyline that ended up being held, and there have been other references made by Filoni and others, as far back as Star Wars Celebration VI last summer, indicating more stories were being produced for a presumed sixth season. In fact, when I recently spoke to Filoni for a Post-Season 5 interview, he told me, “There are more stories to tell, and as I’ve said, we’ve been working on them for awhile.”
There won’t be a sixth season, but the announcement did promise, “We’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content.”
The Clone Wars had already made a shift to four-episode arcs and it seems like the most obvious route is to release upcoming story arcs as self-contained movies, just as some of these arcs have been presented at special screenings. The only question is where they’ll debut – on TV (on Disney XD perhaps?), straight-to-DVD/Blu-ray or theatrically?
Said Filoni in the announcement, “The best is yet to come. We have some of the most exciting, most important story arcs still coming your way,” going on to note, “There are still some gaps in there. Things that are really crucial to the overall story arc of the Star Wars universe.” He went on to promise, “They are the best episodes that my crew has committed to screen.”
The video of Filoni announcing the end of the series was accompanied by a clip, which showed an event that makes it seem The Clone Wars is going to at last delve into one of the most crucial events in Star Wars – Order 66.
Update: But wait, there’s more! Lucasfilm also revealed a brand new, mysterious animated Star Wars project is in the works. “We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.”