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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comes to an End

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  • (Original article from IGN)

    It's a sad day for fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars... from a certain point of view.

    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."


    (You'll probably want to press this right about now)

    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?

    Dave Filoni Discusses The Clone Wars: Season 5

    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 (You should really watch it) 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.

    The Clone Wars announcement also included the decision to delay the debut of Star Wars: Detours, the comedic animated series from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Todd Grimes.


    Said the release, "At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, (I was there!) George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we've decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date."

    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."

  • I'd like to say that this surprises me, but it honestly doesn't.  I thought they would go for another season at least, but other than that I'm just not THAT surprised.

    I am a little confused though.  I guess what they are trying to say is that the series hasn't REALLY ended, it just ended on TV.  I guess?  I'm not quite sure what they are trying to tell us...I guess we'll learn some more soon.

  • I'm confused too. Crushed, even.

    Judging from the clip Filoni showed, it really seems like we'll be seeing the Clone Wars' take on Order 66. But where does that leave Ahsoka? And will they do another feature film to cap it all off?

    Questions....So many questions.

  • @Darth-Carbonite: While I've missed on at least two seasons of SWTCW, I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I saw and sad to hear that it's coming to an end. I can only imagine how much more you all who've stuck with the whole series are affected by this. : /  Indeed, it is disturbing.

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