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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 debuts on Disney+ to finish telling the story of the Star Wars saga between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Fans campaigned long and hard for more Clone Wars, and their efforts were rewarded with the renewal for a final season. The good news about Star Wars: The Clone Wars ending is that Season 7 can answer all those burning questions we’ve been pondering since the show prematurely wrapped in 2014.
Of course, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 will only run for 12 episodes and there is still plenty of ground for the show to cover. So, with the Clone Wars Season 7 premiere releasing February 21 on Disney+, the time is now to start considering the big questions we have and how they could be answered.
Does Yoda Know About Order 66?
The final arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 saw Yoda making contact with the long-dead Qui-Gon Jin, undergoing trials to learn the secrets of the Force, and receiving visions of the destruction of the Jedi Order. Though the vision was imprecise, it did show events like Mace Windu’s presumed death more or less accurately to the events of Episode III. As of Season 6, Yoda knew that bad times were coming for the Jedi.
But do those bad times include the events of Order 66? Yoda survived well into the events of the original trilogy, decades after Order 66 destroyed the Jedi Order. Could Yoda's survival be partially due to his awareness that something was going to go wrong on a grand scale, and he had to be ready? Season 6 Yoda had some hints that darkness was coming; will Season 7 Yoda learn more details (if not quite the whole picture) but keep them to himself for the sake of destiny and the "new hope" on the way?
Why Don't The Jedi Take Precautions Against The Clones?
Whether or not Yoda learns that Order 66 is coming during The Clone Wars Season 7, Season 6 definitively proved that the Jedi Council had many reasons to be suspicious about the clones. They learned that Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas was killed after commissioning the clone army without Jedi Council approval, and the project was taken over by Darth Tyranus, a.k.a. Count Dooku. The Jedi Council knew the army had been created by their enemy.
Yoda argued that the clones had shown their loyalty time and time again, and the council agreed to conceal their findings to avoid public backlash against the clones and the war effort. Still, the Jedi had every reason to at least come up with contingency plans or consider that something could go wrong with the clones, yet Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith showed Jedi after Jedi taken by surprise and killed. Why didn’t the Jedi Council take precautions, no matter how much faith they had in their men?
Do Any Clones Resist Order 66?
As Yoda noted, the clones seemed like they were willing to live and die by the sides of the Jedi generals. Some of the most popular characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars are pre-Order 66 clones, and the franchise has made it clear that the inhibitor chip is what prompted the mass murder of the Jedi. How Palpatine managed to pull off Order 66 in one fell swoop suggests the clones had no choice but to obey, but was this the case with all of them?
A chip did malfunction before during Star Wars: The Clone Wars, nearly exposing Order 66 to the Jedi. The clone trooper Tup went rogue when his chip activated Order 66 early, killing his Jedi general. Another clone trooper, Fives, dug into the mystery and had his chip removed. He was ultimately killed, and Order 66 remained secret, but the ordeal proved two things: the chips weren’t infallible and the clones could think for themselves about Order 66. Does this mean that some clones are able to resist carrying out Order 66?
When Do Rex, Wolffe, And Gregor Remove Their Inhibitor Chips?
The events of Star Wars Rebels revealed that clones Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor removed their inhibitor chips and therefore did not turn on their Jedi generals and participate in Order 66. At the same time, the incidents with Tup and Fives proved that the removal of the chips came with the risk of death and damage, and Wolffe’s state in Rebels may be a sign that his wasn’t removed without consequences.
So when do Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor remove their inhibitor chips, and why? The good news is that the removal means Rex wasn’t among the clones that marched on the Jedi Temple, but something drastic must have happened ahead of Revenge of the Sith for these three clones to remove their chips in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7. Given that Ahsoka wasn’t worried about sending Kanan to recruit Rex in Rebels, does that mean she knows Rex removed his chip, and may have been present for it?
Does Season 7 Show More Of Order 66?
Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith is one of the most tragic sequences in the Star Wars saga (and could have been even more gruesome), but few of the thousands of Jedi deaths were actually shown on screen. If The Clone Wars Season 7 overlaps with Revenge of the Sith a bit, will it show more of the Jedi deaths in Order 66? We already know that Depa Billaba will appear in Season 7, and there are plenty of others who died in canon but not on screen.
In showing more of Order 66, could Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 debunk some theories about who might have survived? The final season probably won’t show Mace Windu’s body to dash Samuel L. Jackson’s hopes about his survival, but just a little bit more of Order 66 could answer a lot of questions leading into the original trilogy era. So will we see more of it?
What Happens To Barriss Offee?
Barriss Offee was originally a Jedi Padawan and peer of Ahsoka’s, but she grew disillusioned with the Jedi’s role in the Clone Wars as the years passed, and she took the drastic action of orchestrating the bombing of the Jedi Temple and framing Ahsoka for it. Anakin eventually exposed her crime and she was taken away after confessing. And that was it for Barriss in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as of the end of Season 6.
So what happened to Barriss? The Empire after Order 66 wouldn’t have frowned on attacking Jedi, so Barriss might have been welcomed back if she hadn’t been executed before the Republic fell. Star Wars Rebels revealed the Emperor and Vader employed Force-sensitive Inquisitors to hunt down remaining Jedi; could Barriss be set on a path to become an Inquisitor in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, or something else?
Do Anakin And Ahsoka Meet Again?
Anakin and Ahsoka developed such a strong bond during Star Wars: The Clone Wars that her departure arguably contributed to his fall to the dark side of the Force and her Rebels return reminded Vader (albeit briefly) of who he had been. That said, their goodbye in The Clone Wars Season 5 felt pretty final, and the trailer for The Clone Wars Season 7 only showed them interacting via hologram.
Will Anakin and Ahsoka meet for one last time as friends before Anakin’s fall and Ahsoka’s exile? Fans would undoubtedly be excited to see Snips and her master together again, but couldn’t that also make Anakin’s fall more tragic and Ahsoka’s arc in Rebels more devastating? Then again, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 on Disney+ isn’t exactly heading toward a happy ending like Rebels ultimately was. Tragedy and devastation are on the way.
What Happens To Maul After The Clone Wars Season 7?
The big surprise at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story came with the reveal that Maul was active in a criminal enterprise, in contact with Qi’ra, and seemingly based on Dathomir. For Star Wars fans unfamiliar with The Clone Wars, Maul's reappearance alive after being sliced in half by Obi-Wan back in The Phantom Menace was the real shock. But how did Maul end up where he was in Solo and eventually in Star Wars Rebels?
Well, Maul is clearly going to be part of the Siege of Mandalore plot, and one big epic duel with Ahsoka is on the way. Both will survive this duel and the Siege of Mandalore, and they apparently won’t meet again until Rebels. What happens that he survives Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 but evidently exits the main galactic conflict?
How Does Mandalore Fall In Star Wars: The Clone Wars?
Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorian, and even the original film trilogy if you squint all make it evident that Mandalore was under the control of the Empire following the Clone Wars, and the trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 is clear that the Siege of Mandalore at least starts back when the droids and Separatists were still the #1 enemy to the Republic.
So, does Mandalore fall to the Separatists in the final days of the Clone Wars, meaning the Empire had an easy job of taking over, with the exception of rebels like Bo-Katan and her allies? Or does Mandalore defeat the droid army in the Siege of Mandalore, only to be defeated by the Empire after its forces were exhausted battling the droids and the clones turned on the Jedi? And how do Ahsoka and Maul escape?
How Far Does Anakin Fall In Star Wars: The Clone Wars?
Revenge of the Sith obviously shows Anakin's fateful decision to turn to the dark side of the Force, but he really went from Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to Sith Lord Darth Vader pretty quickly. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 will apparently occur between when Anakin found out that Padme was pregnant (unless Anakin is extremely unobservant) and when he turns, so will The Clone Wars show his descent with more nuance than Revenge of the Sith could cover in two hours of runtime?
Star Wars: The Clone Wars was thorough throughout its first six seasons in showing Anakin slowly but surely heading in a dark direction. Will the seventh and final season help fans understand Anakin's decision more than what Revenge of the Sith accomplished?
Find out when Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 premieres on Disney+ on Friday, February 21. If you need a refresher on the first six seasons but haven't checked out the streamer yet, you can give Disney+ a try with a free seven-day trial. For some viewing options not set in that galaxy far, far away, check out our 2020 winter and spring premiere schedule.