Earlier this year at Star Wars Celebration Europe, fans were informed that The Bad Batch would conclude with a third and final season some time in 2024. This of course leaves us with many burning questions we have about the ending of season two. Seeing as the show will be wrapping up, this means that the events of the new season will have more than a few climactic events for the members of Clone Force 99.
While the final season is still about a year away, we thought we’d take the time to gather some context clues and theories about what we think will happen in the final season of The Bad Batch.
Any half decent show that wants to get a running start on character development that takes place off screen needs a good old time-skip. Seeing as the first two seasons of the show take place in a fairly narrow window of time, just after the fall of the Republic, this era of history has been covered sufficiently to justify seeing the gang a little further along in their development. Most Star Wars episodic films have a time skip of at least a few years, with the time in between trilogies often being decades. The Bad Batch would probably suffice with a skip of just a year or two to really cement the power of the Empire into the galaxy.
Of course, this could also be how the show ends much like the final season of The Clone Wars did with the final scene taking place well after the end of the rest of the series.
This one would fit nicely with the time-skip theory and is all but sure to happen no matter what. The main Imperial infantry seen during the show is that of the TK stormtrooper, which looks to be an early model of the stormtrooper armor we’re familiar with. It is very much a mix of the Phase II clone trooper armor and the classic Imperial stormtrooper armor much like how the Phase II armor itself was a hybrid of Phase I and classic gear.
The reason we’re pretty sure about this one is due to last season’s major subplot about the Imperial Defense Recruitment Bill that Admiral Rampart was constantly promoting. The proposal eventually passed the senate with the Emperor’s approval and thus will lead to the creation of the Imperial stormtrooper core that we’re familiar with, with its standard non-clone infantry.
There’s nothing that says Star Wars quite like an off-screen death. If anything, it’s a great way to guarantee your survival in the galaxy far, far away. After Tech’s heroic sacrifice, the Empire made a point of not finding his body after the fall. This could of course mean anything but it likely hints at the clone soldiers fate being… up in the air *ba-dum tsssk*.
Crosshair rejoins Clone Force 99
Again, another fairly obvious one if you have even the most basic understanding of how character arcs work. Crosshair is no longer the loyal Imperial soldier he once thought he was. In fact, his personal development was the highlight of season two. Seeing as he and Omega are trapped together in Mount Tantiss, it’s more than likely he will be chiefly responsible for her inevitable escape.
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