When does the second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch start? We were only getting to the finale of season one when Disney and LucasFilm announced that the sci-fi series was sticking around. Good thing, too, because Clone Force 99 has been a strong addition to a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
First introduced during Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the squad defects from the Republic once Order 66 is initiated. The TV series follows their journey through increasingly hostile territory, with the Empire’s forces infecting just about every corner.
Joining them is Omega, a clone of Jango Fett who, like Clone Force 99, is slightly defective and unmodified. She’s considered a sister of Boba Fett, and has a kinship towards the batch. Numerous familiar faces from around the universe are shown or mentioned, like Admiral Tarkin, Jabba the Hutt, and Emperor Palpatine. But where’s the story heading in season two, and when can we expect to see it? Rest easy Padawan, for we have some answers for your queries.
When is the Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 release date?
The Bad Batch season 2 will begin on January 4 2023, and will be available to watch on Disney Plus.
The announcement came at D23 2022, where it was also confirmed that the second season of the animated Star Wars series will be 16 episodes long, and will kick-off with a double-episode premiere.
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Who is in the Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 cast?
Right now, we expect many of the recurring voice cast to come back. That means Dee Bradley Baker voicing Tech, Crosshair, Hunter, Echo, and Wrecker, because they’re all clones. Baker voices other cloned characters too, keeping that consistency.
Omega will likely still be voiced by Michelle Ang, and Lama Su, the prime minister of Kamino, should still be performed by Bob Bergen. Unless there’s a major change, Freddie Prinze Jnr probably won’t shift from padawan Caleb Dume, and expect Gwendoline Yheo’s cloning scientist Nala Se, too. We’ll update this section when we know more about the finale.
What is the Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 plot?
There are two major dangling threads coming out of the season one finale. Crosshair, maintaining that he’s removed his inhibitor chip, leaves the group again after saving Omega. His belief in the Empire, and his disagreement with Hunter, was an ongoing conflict, and it’s not something that’s going to rectify itself any time soon.
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The other storyline is Nala Se, and the Empire’s cloning operation. She’s brought to a facility where scientists are wearing a uniform similar to those working under Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian. It seems the plan to clone Grogu might have ties to what’s happening in The Bad Batch, and may, indeed, tie into Palpatine’s cloning propsects for the sequel trilogy.
Expect some high drama. Going by Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, and Darth Maul’s appearances in The Clone Wars and Rebels, the ramifications on the wider canon could be massive – stay tuned.