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Here’s Where You’ll Be Able To Find The Ending To Star Wars: The Clone Wars

When the Lucasfilm acquisition happened, Disney decided to end Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars in order to kickstart a new animated series on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels. “But what about Clone Wars???” we shouted! You’ll be happy to know the series will be getting an “end,” just not how you expected. 

When the fifth season of Clone Wars ended on television, that wasn’t the traditional “the end” moment. Creators still had material set to go but no one was sure where it would end up, if it went anywhere at all. Fans hoped the episodes would at least be added to the DVD release but it never happened. The good news? We will see the ending they intended more of what they intended to air. The bad news? It won’t be animated or on television.

Speaking with Newsarama, writer Jeremy Barlow gave details on a forthcoming comic book which would fill the gap. “Due to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show’s sudden cancelation, Lucasfilm wasn’t able to film the final episodes of the series, which is a shame because the story is an important — and action-packed — chapter in Darth Maul’s continuing evolution as envisioned by George Lucas,” he said. “Never ones to let a good story slip away, Dark Horse and the team at Lucasfilm saw an opportunity to save these teleplays from obsolescence and we’re adapting them into a four-part miniseries called Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.”

Over the weekend we reported on Dark Horse losing their Star Wars license to Marvel (for obvious reasons), but this seems like a nice send off. Though I’m sure there will be others before the 2015 cutoff. About the comic project, Newsarama also noted, “This doesn’t preclude the fully produced episodes from still airing somehow, but does let fans jump right to the ending and the unproduced final arc.” My hope? They put together a motion comic with the original voice cast.

[Edit: According to Club Jade, Lucasfilm's Jennifer Heddle and Pablo Hidalgo have clarified the Darth Maul arc was not, in fact, the finale, just a story close to it.]

In other news, Lucasfilm and Disney are busy working on a “story group” to help figure out what’s official canon out of the estimated 65 billion Star Wars creations in the universe. “Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing,” wrote Leland Chee on Twitter. “More so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy.”

Our sister site, Geekosystem, explains a bit more. “Not an Expanded Universe fan? To put it simply, there are different hierarchies of Star Wars canon – G-canon is the movies, radio plays, and official statements from George Lucas, which up until now have overridden any contradictions in canon. Then there’s the T-canon, which consists of the Clone Wars TV show and the upcoming live-action show. After that is the C-canon, which consists of all the comics, books, and games, with some exceptions in video gameplay that are considered N- or non-canon — for example, if you played a female Revan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, that’s N-canon, because in all other stories Revan is male.”

Bottom line? This is a really good idea.

(via io9)

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  • James Fletcher

    I’ll admit that I’ve never been able to work up interest in this show (even though I know it got better after the premier), but I do think it sucked that they weren’t able to give it a proper ending on screen. Glad that Dark Horse is giving them a way to finish it on their own terms.

  • Aaron Victor Steimle

    I liked that Clone Wars ended with the departure of Ahsoka; it makes CW basically her story, or the story of her time as a Jedi (and things that went on while she was with the Jedi). So I don’t mind not having additional episodes.

    It would be interesting, however, if they were to combine their remaining footage into another ‘movie’, like they did to open the series; this could let them tie up what few loose ends the show actually has.

  • Mark Brown

    Who cares about Maul, I wanna know what happens to Ahsoka and Asajj!!

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Im curious to see how the canon ends up. Though I confess, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they purposely chose not to reveal to fans what was cannon, instead teasing it out to toy with them.

    That said, of the C-cannon material, the stuff that will most likely remain unchanged will probably include Han Solo’s origin story, Yoda’s origin story…

    the whole ‘the emperor created a force ghost which possessed one of his back-up clones and he pops back up a few years after the movies to continue ruling the empire which is still strong after thee loss of the death star’ storyline is obviously iffy, but i think it would be one of the more awesome concepts they could use.

    Im REALLY holding out though for ‘Skippy the jedi droid’ XD

  • Amourah

    Sithspit! C-Canon is at the top of the list for me!

    If they ignore Mara Jade… Force help them. -_-

  • pafan

    But there will be additional episodes of TCW……..