The Lost 6th & 7th Seasons of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'

A comprehensive look at 'The Clone Wars' missing episodes

When Disney bought Lucasfilm and all of its properties from George Lucas in late 2012, the Mouse House immediately refocused all Star Wars efforts away from the prequel era and squarely on the original film trilogy's time period -- and onward.

As such, the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars came to an end after five seasons. It's understandable; The Clone Wars aired in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, one of Disney's biggest TV rivals. It was also losing viewers after latter seasons turned inevitably darker. Combined with Disney's desire to ignore the prequels, you can see why Mickey decided to ditch Clone Wars for Star Wars Rebels, which airs on Disney XD and focuses on events more in step with the original trilogy.

The problem, as diehard Clone Wars fans know, is that showrunner Dave Filoni and the team of storytellers at Lucasfilm Animation weren't done. Filoni and his crew had already completed production on more than a dozen episodes of Season 6, entered into various stages of production for the rest of the season, and had stories written and/or planned out all the way up through the end of Season 7 -- which I believe was the planned ending of the show. (I'll explain why later.)

Some of those missing episodes found their way to fans in other ways. Two major story arcs were posted online in their entirety at in pre-vis (crude animation) form, another was turned into a novel called Dark Disciple, and still another, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, was released in comic book form.

But what about the rest? The season-and-a-half of stories we never got? Lucasfilm's official stance on their canonicity seems to be that the events those episodes would have depicted did happen, even if no one got to see them. (Unless, of course, someday a story comes along that requires contradicting one of them.)

So why can't we see them? Well, mainly because Disney isn't funding it. If you want to see more of the missing Clone Wars stories -- regardless of what medium they're told in -- you need to let Disney know.

In the meantime, we're left wondering just what those missing stories are about. As it turns out, quite a lot of information has trickled out about them. The following list contains every known detail on Seasons 6.5 - 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Season 6.5

Note: Episodes 1-13 were fully produced and have been released and are available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix. This article will not cover those stories.

Also, three of those episodes -- "An Old Friend," "The Rise of Clovis," and "Crisis at the Heart" -- were actually intended to be in Season 5. But scheduling issues on Cartoon Network pushed those episodes back to Season 6. So if all had gone according to plan, only 10 episodes of Season 6 would have been completed.

With the exact production or chronological numbers unknown, most of the ordering below is my best guess.

Crystal Crisis on Utapau

Pau City morgue
Pau City morgue concept art. Amy Beth Christensen/Lucasfilm Ltd.

A 4-part story arc, available to watch in pre-vis form on, this one concerns Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker being sent to Utapau to investigate another Jedi's death. They work their way through various levels of this unique world, and it's revealed that there's more than one species living on the planet.

The investigation eventually leads them to the discovery of a massive kyber crystal that General Grievous' forces are attempting to acquire and transport off of Utapau. A prolonged adventure ends with the two Jedi destroying the big crystal and escaping.

It was revealed by Lucasfilm's lore master Pablo Hidalgo that Grievous wanted the crystal to use in the first Death Star. Since the crystal was destroyed, it remains to be seen where the Death Star's crystal came from.

Cad Bane and Boba Fett story

Cad Bane and Boba Fett
Cad Bane and Boba Fett on Tatooine concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd.

A story was written that would have continued the stories of both Cad Bane and young Boba Fett. Bane was set to take Fett under his wing, mentoring him in the ways of an elite bounty hunter. Aurra Sing would also have been involved.

The story takes Bane and Fett to Tatooine, where they're hired to rescue a child from some Tusken Raiders. We would have learned more about the Tuskens and their culture, including a "Tusken Shaman," who was an important character. One plot point has Fett allowing himself to be captured by the Tuskens at Bane's command, while carrying a tracking device. Both of them are then able to infiltrate the Tusken camp to search for the child.

Art of a new spaceship called The Justifier has been revealed, which was probably Bane's new ride. Dave Filoni described this story as a "passing of the torch" from Bane to Fett, inspired by A Fistful of Dollars.

It's possible that this could have been Cad Bane's swan song.

Ahsoka story #1

Ahsoka and her speeder bike
Ahsoka and her speeder bike concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Almost nothing is known about what the show had planned for Ahsoka Tano after she left the Jedi Order. Dave Filoni told fans at a Star Wars Celebration panel that there were twelve unproduced episodes that would have continued Ahsoka's story. It's an easy guess that they would have been split into three story arcs, so I'm marking this space for the first one.

Filoni showed concept art of Ahsoka riding a speeder bike through Coruscant's underworld levels. Another piece of art revealed that there was a Clone Trooper from the 332nd division that remained loyal to her even after she left the Jedi Order. This Clone used a helmet that had Ahsoka's facial markings on it. I assume this Clone would have figured heavily into at least one of Ahsoka's three story arcs.

A few other tiny hints suggest what at least one of the other stories was about...

Bad Batch

Anaxes shipyard factory exterior
Anaxes shipyard factory exterior concept art. Pat Presley/Lucasfilm Ltd.

This 4-part story arc, which is available to watch in pre-vis form, centers on an elite squad of commando-type Clone Troopers who were products of a Kaminoan experiment in creating super-soldiers. Most of the genetic experiments weren't viable, but these four survived and made into a unit called Clone Force 99, though they refer to themselves as "Bad Batch."

Each member of the squad was unique: there was the brute (Wrecker), the strategist (Tech), the hand-to-hand master (Crosshair), and the leader (Hunter). During a critical battle on the planet Anaxes, Rex and Cody have to call in Bad Batch for help.

A covert mission soon leads Rex to discover that ARC Trooper Echo was not killed in an earlier conflict as believed. He's still alive, though the Separatists have transformed him into a cyborg. With Bad Batch's help, Rex is able to rescue Echo and help him regain his identity. Echo goes on to play a major role in the Republic's victory on Anaxes.

Dark Disciple, Part 1

Dark Disciple
Dark Disciple cover art. Penguin Random House/Lucasfilm Ltd

This story was turned into an excellent novel by Christie Golden. (Spoilers ahead.) The novel covers a long period of time, which was planned for show to be told across two separate story arcs (at least). Roughly the first half of the novel would have been covered in the first arc, in Season 6. (The second half would have followed in Season 7.)

In the novel, Quinlan Vos is assigned a controversial mission by the Jedi Council: the assassination of Count Dooku. He soon teams up with Asajj Ventress, of all people, who teaches him to use dark side Force abilities, which he may need to stand a chance against Dooku. Vos and Ventress spark right off the bat, and despite their wildly different stations in life, find a common ground and end up falling in love.

Ventress goes on the assassination mission with him, but things turn south and Vos is captured by Dooku. Ventress is forced to retreat, but immediately makes plans to rescue him. Vos, under torture from Dooku, comes to believe that Ventress set him up, and he turns to the dark side. This is where I believe the TV show's story arc would have left off, with Quinlan Vos becoming Dooku's newest Sith apprentice.

Son of Dathomir

Son of Dathomir
Son of Dathomir cover art. Dark Horse Comics/Lucasfilm Ltd

This final story arc of Season 6, which would have helped emphasize that several major storylines were coming to their conclusion as the series neared its end, was turned into a 5-issue comic book published by Dark Horse Comics. It picks up on the thread left by the Season 5 episode "The Lawless," in which Darth Sidious captured Darth Maul, stating that the Sith Lord had a new plan for his former apprentice.

"Son of Dathomir" (spoilers ahead) begins with Maul's Shadow Collective forces rescuing him from Palpatine's imprisonment, unaware that this was part of the Sith Lord's plan. Long story short, it's all one big scheme to draw out Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters -- who is revealed to have survived her fight with Mace Windu earlier this season, in "The Disappeared, Part II." She's alive, but currently exists without a corporeal body; she plots to rectify that by making a ritual sacrifice of Count Dooku.

It's revealed that Maul is actually Talzin's biological son and that he was taken from her by Palpatine when he was very young. So there's longstanding bad blood between Sidious and Talzin. It culminates in a big battle between Sidious, Dooku, Maul, Talzin, and General Grievous. Talzin possesses Dooku and fights her enemies, but Sidious is just too powerful. In the end, she sacrifices herself and orders Maul to flee.

Mother Talzin's death pleases Sidious, as he's eliminated a rival. As for Maul, Sidious believes him no longer a concern. He still has some Shadow Collective forces at his command, but he's in hiding in disgrace, and without Talzin's support, he's not a threat.

Was this Maul's final appearance on Clone Wars? Not necessarily...

Kashyyyk Story

Tarrful and the 'tree god'
Tarrful and the 'tree god' concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

A story arc was planned involving Clone Troopers engaging Separatist forces -- Trandoshans, specifically -- on the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk. The story set up an interesting conflict between the Clones and the Wookiees, as the former need to set fire to a forest for tactical reasons during the battle. But this is tantamount to sacrilege for the Wookiees, who we learn a great deal more about.

The Wookiees have an ancient tradition where they can summon giant, monkey-like creatures that they believe to be "tree gods." When one of these creatures appears, a Wookiee asks it for permission to ride it into battle. Tarrful is seen in a couple of pieces of concept art, both summoning and riding one of these beasts.

Dave Filoni has said that George Lucas once told him that the Wookiees' ability to commune with nature, and especially with the trees where they live, is another form of attunement to the Force. So that might have been illustrated with the "tree gods" thing.

Rex story

Storyboards. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

This story has Clone Troopers competing against each other in a Top Gun-style aerial competition. Rex is the central figure, and at one point he becomes "stuck" with R2-D2. Whatever that means.

I'm guessing this would have been a pretty short story arc, possibly as brief as two episodes, and it was very likely the series' last lighthearted adventure.

Ahsoka story #2

Clone Trooper helmet
Clone Trooper helmet concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

This is the second of the three remaining Ahsoka storylines, and nothing at all is known about it.

One thing Dave Filoni has mentioned was that he "had plans for" Barriss Offee, the former Jedi who framed Ahsoka for the Temple bombing that resulted in Ahsoka walking away from the Order. Might we have seen a reunion between them in this or some other story arc? Hmm.

It's also possible that one or more of Ahsoka's stories could have overlapped with another of the missing story arcs.

Personally, I would love ​to see Ahsoka encounter Asajj Ventress again since the two of them learned to respect one another the last time they met. Ventress might even try to recruit Ahsoka for her mission to rescue Quinlan Vos. But that's purely wishful thinking on my part.

Dark Disciple, Part 2

'Dark Disciple'
'Dark Disciple' concept art. Penguin Random House/Lucasfilm Ltd

The second part of the Dark Disciple novel (major spoilers ahead! -- seriously, it's a terrific book you really should read instead of being spoiled here) has Ventress team up with a group of Jedi who undertake a daring mission to rescue Quinlan Vos from Count Dooku. They seem to succeed, but Ventress sees something that leads her to believe that Vos has fallen to the dark side and is trying to hide it from his Jedi comrades.

For her part in the rescue, Yoda officially pardons Ventress for her past crimes. Vos attempts to reconcile with her, but she resists, still believing he's gone to the dark side. Making matters worse is that none of the Jedi believe her. Eventually, Yoda senses the truth for himself and arranges for a mission that will prove Vos' loyalties. It's confirmed that Vos has embraced the dark side, and is attempting to bring down both Dooku and Darth Sidious from within.

Ventress ends up pursuing Dooku with her lover, leading to a final confrontation in which Dooku attacks Vos with Force lightning. Ventress, already wounded from battle, proves her love for Vos by pushing him out of the way and taking the full blast herself. It's a fatal wound that opens Vos' eyes, and he returns from the dark side to the light in time to fend off Dooku and have one final conversation with Ventress. She is later honored by the Jedi Council for her heroic actions, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who'd argued in her favor before the Council, accompanies Vos on a trip to Dathomir to lay Ventress' body to rest.

Yuuzhan Vong story

Yuuzhan Vong and scout ship
Yuuzhan Vong and scout ship concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

This one's iffy.

The Expanded Universe's Yuuzhan Vong were considered for The Clone Wars at one point. In the EU, this bizarre but powerful alien species was the next major threat faced by citizens of the galaxy after the Empire and all of its remnants were finally defeated for good. Invaders from beyond the galaxy, the Yuuzhan Vong are ruthless, religious zealots who use organic technology. You can read more about the Yuuzhan Vong here.

These episodes would have seen a Vong scout ship first entering the galaxy to examine its potential for invasion. According to Pablo Hidalgo, the story arc would have had an X-Files kind of vibe, including the involvement of "alien abductions" as the Yuuzhan Vong presumably kidnapped members of different galactic species to learn more about them.

Jedi Temple story

Far below the Jedi Temple
Far below the Jedi Temple concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

Another Yoda-centric story was planned for before the show ended. There was also a story arc mentioned that involved some revelations about the Jedi Temple. I believe these two stories are one and the same. There is also evidence that Chewbacca and a Clone Trooper with Yoda's visage painted on his helmet would have been involved somehow.

For reasons unknown, Yoda ventures deep beneath the Jedi Temple, where he finds ruins of other Force-worshipers from history before the Temple was built. There's something about this site that's so strong with the Force that Force-sensitive people throughout history have repeatedly built here.

While exploring far below the Temple, in the depths of Coruscant's lower levels, Yoda discovers evidence that a Sith Temple once stood on the very same grounds as the modern Jedi Temple! He also finds that a mysterious creature is living down there.

Mon Cala story

King Lee Char on Mon Cala
King Lee Char on Mon Cala concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

Anakin and Padme return to Mon Cala for a story featuring King Lee-Char. Based on concept art shown at a Star Wars Celebration panel, Senator Tikkes was also set to appear in the story. Tikkes was the Quarren senator from an above-ground part of Mon Cala, who defected to the Separatists during the Clone Wars. He was later among Anakin's victims on Mustafar when the Separatists' leaders were slaughtered.

It's never been revealed what this story is about.

Mandalore Story/Series Finale

Ahsoka and Bo-Katan
Ahsoka and Bo-Katan concept art. Dave Filoni/Lucasfilm Ltd

Why end the series on Mandalore? It makes perfect sense if you think about it, because it's the best place to bring any and all lingering plot threads from the series to a head.

Based on a concept image -- which has to be the juiciest piece of concept art released so far -- of Ahsoka speaking with Bo-Katan and then with the Jedi Council via hologram, I believe this major, series-ending story arc about Mandalore doubles as the third of the three remaining Ahsoka stories.

The Ahsoka concept art includes a caption that reads, "Ahsoka appoints Bo-Katan as provisional leader." Leader of what?

Well, it stands to reason that the only good reason for one last visit to Mandalore would be to tie up all of the loose ends there, and Bo-Katan is one of the biggest. No doubt there is some kind of conflict, involving Mandalore itself, Death Watch, the Republic, the Separatists, and possibly Darth Maul and what remains of his Shadow Collective. (One piece of concept art, revealed in the context of this story arc, showed Maul piloting a Mandalorian fighter.)

After the battle -- which Ahsoka is involved with somehow, possibly working on the Jedi Council's behalf -- is resolved, Bo-Katan is named leader of... something. Leader of Death Watch? Could be. She was Pre Vizsla's second-in-command of Death Watch. But a more likely scenario would have her take on the leadership of Mandalore itself, given that her late sister, Satine Kryze, was the planet's last legitimate ruler. As both an extension of Satine and a member of Death Watch, she might just be the only person who can bring her people together.

What else would have happened in the finale? Dave Filoni once told fans that the final episodes of The Clone Wars would have run concurrent with the events of Revenge of the Sith, including Order 66, and even gone past them to reveal what happened to characters like Ahsoka and Rex after the Clone Wars ended.

But they've since shown up on Rebels, so at least we know that they survived the Clone Wars and lived on.

Edit: Filoni has revealed details about the final story arc to IGN, and it lines up perfectly with my suspicions:

"The last story arc... was this story about Ahsoka and how she crosses [paths] with Maul... She was actually planning with Obi-Wan and Anakin the capture and attack that would get them Maul, because she had figured out where he was towards the end of the Clone Wars. But before they could go through with this plan together, Obi-Wan and Anakin got called away to Coruscant to save the Chancellor, which left her with Rex -- and some other exciting characters -- to go and deal with Darth Maul, once and for all."

Season 8?

There has been some confusion about whether or not an 8th season of the show was planned, thanks mainly to a series of tweets by scriptwriter Brent Friedman. But Pablo Hidalgo clarified the issue in a tweet on March 17, 2016. Basically, he believed the confusion stemmed from how episode production numbers sometimes conflict with episode broadcast numbers.

In this case, the episodes could have been divvied out to spread them across a 7th and 8th season, had Cartoon Network chosen to do so. But Lucasfilm had planned no more episodes than what would carry the show through the end of Season 7.

Thus, I conclude that the final episode of Season 7 would have been the show's intended end.