Countless Star Wars fans got their wish when it was announced that The Clone Wars was saved and returning with a seventh and final season years after the show's cancellation. At D23 it was confirmed that the new season will premiere on Disney+ in February of 2020.
Some elements of the new season have already been revealed, including arcs focused on a group of experimental clone troopers known as the Bad Batch, the Siege of Mandalore, and Ahsoka Tano's journey after leaving the Jedi Order. In addition to Ahsoka, the series will feature key characters from its past such as Captain Rex, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and of course, Darth Maul.
With these returning characters and teased arcs in mind, let's take a look at The Clone Wars: 10 Crucial Plotlines To Remember Before The New Disney+ Season.
10 Jedi Temple Bombing
Barriss Offee bombing the Jedi Temple was the event that triggered Ahsoka's eventual decision to leave the Jedi Order. Ahsoka was framed for the crime and saw the Jedi and Republic that she once trusted quickly turning on her.
With the new season following Ahsoka in the aftermath of her decision, it's important to revisit what caused her to leave in the first place, and the mindset she'll be in as she pursues a fresh start for herself. It will also clarify why despite this decision, she will come to work with Captain Rex, Anakin, and Obi-Wan again during the Siege of Mandalore.
9 Maul Reborn
In the new season, Maul will play a huge role in the Siege of Mandalore. The whole arc of his "rebirth" explains how this is possible considering Maul was cut in half in The Phantom Menace. Maul's deep-seated hatred of Obi-Wan Kenobi largely fueled his survival and his return, a hatred that will still be crucial for his motivations during the Siege of Mandalore.
Also, Mother Talzin is a major figure in the episodes where Maul is reborn. By the time of the new season, Mother Talzin is dead, though, brutally killed when Maul was used as bait by Palpatine and his minions in the Son of Dathomir comics. Her loss and Maul's role in it will only add to the madness and desire for vengeance that continues to drive him.
8 Order 66
Season 6 began with a thrilling arc in which the truth of Order 66 was nearly uncovered before it ever happened. Clone trooper Tup's inhibitor chip malfunctioned and he killed Jedi General Tiplar. Another clone trooper--Fives--learned the truth of the inhibitor chips and Order 66, but was killed before the truth got out.
The loss of both clones--Fives in particular--will continue to weigh heavily on Captain Rex in season 7. Fans of Rex also know that he removed his inhibitor chip before Order 66, explaining why he helped Ahsoka rather than turning on her during the Siege of Mandalore and his defiance of the Empire as shown in Star Wars Rebels. This season will likely cover Rex--along with Wolffe and Gregor--removing their inhibitor chips, something that wouldn't have been possible without what Fives discovered in the arc from season 6.
7 Yoda's Force Ghost Journey
Season 6 featured an epic journey through which Yoda learned how to become a Force ghost. The already wise Jedi Master came away with a new and enlightened perspective of the Force and the Clone Wars. This will likely shape Yoda's perspective and the choices he makes in the new season.
This has already been teased in Yoda's line from the trailer shown at Star Wars Celebration 2019 where he says that "No longer certain that one ever does win a war, I am." Yoda also communicated with Qui-Gon Jinn's Force ghost in the season 6 arc and it's possible he'll do so again, now using Qui-Gon's wisdom to navigate the end of the Clone Wars and the dramatic shifts that lie ahead for the Jedi and the entire galaxy.
6 Maul's Rise To Power On Mandalore
The season 5 episodes following Maul and his rise to power on Mandalore are critical to understanding his role for the upcoming Siege of Mandalore. For the new season, these season 5 episodes can explain the return of Bo-Katan Kryze, Maul's connection to Death Watch and the criminal underworld, and how it all ties back to Maul's hatred for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The plotline provides tremendous insight into Maul's psychological state after his rebirth, and how his many victories and losses in this story now set the stage for the Siege of Mandalore. Obi-Wan's connection to the Kryze family and his role in the arc is also a major reason why stopping Maul becomes such a priority for the Republic, even with everything else happening at the end of the Clone Wars.
The Onderon episodes from season 5 taught Ahsoka some hard truths and helped her grow without the presence of mentors like Anakin, Obi-Wan, or Plo Koon. These lessons are things she'll carry on her new path, especially when thrust into a world without the guidance or protection of her mentors.
What happened on Onderon shaped her and will influence the difficult decision she now has to make, including during the Siege of Mandalore. It's highly unlikely that a young Saw Gerrera or the planet Onderon will be in the new season, but the episodes are worth re-watching for Ahsoka's character development not long before she left the Jedi Order.
4 The Citadel
The Citadel is a ruthless prison controlled by the Separatists, with season 3 featuring an arc where a number of key characters work together to save Jedi Master Even Piell and Wilhuff Tarkin from the evil lair. The arc features the death--or so it seems--of clone trooper Echo, another loss that continues to weigh heavily on Captain Rex. If the upcoming episodes focused on the Bad Batch--a group of experimental clones with unorthodox methods--are anything like the unfinished episodes released in 2015, Echo will play a significant role related to his apparent "demise" from the Citadel episodes.
The Citadel arc also marks the beginning of the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Wilhuff Tarkin, which evolves in the complex dynamic between Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin in A New Hope. If Tarkin appears in season 7, the Citadel story can clarify his relationship at this point in the story with Anakin.
The Umbara episodes are some of the darkest in The Clone Wars, with Jedi Master Pong Krell turning on the clones under his command and killing many of them. This plotline embodies Captain Rex's leadership and the commitment of clone troopers to do what they think is right, and not just blindly follow orders when they know they're wrong.
That lesson and Rex's leadership will resonate in the new season, probably in the Bad Batch arc, and again during the Siege of Mandalore. The Umbara arc partly clarifies why Rex and his closest comrades are far more than just soldiers. They refused to follow the corrupt Pong Krell and will remove their inhibitor chips before they serve the evil regime that the Republic becomes.
2 Anakin's Dark Side
Anakin Skywalker is a hero for most of The Clone Wars, but there are certain moments where he falls prey to the dark side, hinting at his eventual transformation into Darth Vader. One such moment occurs in season 6 when senator Rush Clovis tries to kiss Padmé Amidala. Anakin retaliates by briefly Force-choking Clovis and then giving him a brutal beatdown, regardless of Padmé protestations.
While there will definitely be more of hero Anakin, the show should definitely take advantage of his darker moments, especially considering the new season is closing in on the timeline of his fall to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith. Feeling as though both he and his fellow Jedi failed Ahsoka could serve as the catalyst for an ominous Anakin moment this season.
The Mortis episodes in season 3 feature some of the weirdest and most fascinating storytelling in all of Star Wars. Part of the reason the arc worked so well is that it was thoroughly intertwined with the relationships between Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan.
The relationship between these three characters is largely the emotional crux of The Clone Wars and will continue to be into the show's seventh and final season. Mortis also emphasized the destinies of all three characters and their deep connections with the Force, all of which tie into the endgame of The Clone Wars, making it an essential plotline to revisit.