“The Clone Wars” had its 10th anniversary panel at Comic-Con today, and it ended with the best surprise we could possibly get!
“The Clone Wars” is back! At the end of the panel Dave Filoni said he had a surprise to say thank you to the fans for their continued support of the series, and then showed the awesome trailer that revealed the long anticipated Siege of Mandalore arc is being completed, and that “The Clone Wars” has been saved! You can check out the reveal trailer in the video above.
But that’s not the only good news. StarWars.com has also revealed that there will be 12 new episodes coming, and that it will be coming to Disney’s new streaming service in 2019!
Here is what Dave Filoni had to say about the return of “The Clone Wars,” in a brief interview he did with StarWars.com:
StarWars.com: Did you ever think this would be possible? That we’d get here?
Dave Filoni: No. I didn’t, I really didn’t.
StarWars.com: What can you say about the fans’ enthusiasm over the years and, really, their role in making this happen?
Dave Filoni: Well, thankfully, their enthusiasm is relentless. Their love of these characters and stories hasn’t diminished. I actually think their voice has gotten louder as the years have gone by. It’s been very humbling to have their support and to have people continue to hashtag me, “#SaveTheCloneWars.”
StarWars.com: To you personally, what does it mean to get to finish it?
Dave Filoni: Personally, it’s very rewarding. Any opportunity to put the final pieces of the story in place is meaningful as a storyteller. I’m happy for the opportunity to define these things and the end of this part of the Clone War. It also makes me reflect on all the people that I got to work with over the years. It reinforces the things I learned from George. It reminds me of the important elements that go into making Star Wars. So, it’s nice on several levels, and I think for the crew that’s still here that worked on Clone Wars, they feel that, as well.
StarWars.com: What do you think it is, 10 years later now, that made this show resonate so much with people, and made it stick with them, and gave it the strength to come back?
Dave Filoni: I think the variety of stories was a big part of it. You also can’t underestimate how important it was that so many people grew up with the show. Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn’t a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life’s challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan. I think the stories left an indelible impression and, of course, George knew it would. He always knew.
This is literally a dream come true. I always held out hope that we would get The Siege of Mandalore arc completed one day, and that alone would have been enough for me. But the fact we’re getting 12 episodes total is more than I could have asked for.
As a fan who’s been there since the beginning with “The Clone Wars” movie, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this amazing series.