It appears that the long-running animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has seen its last space skirmish...at least on Cartoon Network. After 5 seasons, it has been announced that the show's recent season finale episode would ultimately prove to be its final one as a series. However, there is hope for fans wishing for a proper wrap.
The fate of the highly-touted series was in question after Disney's takeover of the Lucasfilm property last fall, however, speculation seemed to point to the series living on by way of a move to Disney's more genre-oriented kid's channel, Disney XD. Nevertheless, it appears that the franchise's complete refurbishment, gearing-up for the sequel films means that the venerable series, which launched with a theatrically-released movie in 2008, going on to produce over 100 episodes, would come to an end. Additionally, a Star Wars-based comedy series by Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes called Star Wars: Detours, which previewed last year at Celebration VI, has been indefinitely postponed, due to consideration for the launch of the sequel films.
The official announcement would come by way of a video featuring the show's supervising director, Dave Filoni delivering the fateful dictation for the show's demise as a serial on Cartoon Network. However, it was promised that more was still more to come. Check out the video below, as well as a look at some cool new footage from what appears to be the Clone Wars swan song.
Filoni revealed that, despite the fact that no new episodes of The Clone Wars are being produced for Cartoon Network, the show will still manage to see the finish line, as new story arcs referred to as "bonus material" are being produced. Some of that new footage was even shown at the conclusion of Filoni's announcement, revealing that it will cover the beginnings of the "Order 66" command that has been genetically infused into every clone trooper in secret, instructing them to kill all Jedi. (Seen in full fruition in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.) However, details about the launch strategy for said material have not been revealed as of yet.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this new material is rolled out. While it's possible this could mean a proper feature-length finale under the Disney banner, its status as "bonus material" may also be literal, rendering it as a series of brief web episodes, or even merely as filler for the Season 5 DVD/Blu-ray release. Out of all those possibilities, it's probably safe to say that fans would prefer a feature-length conclusion which would perfectly bookend the series with its original launch film.