Leading up to Star Wars: Ahsoka, the immediate future of Star Wars TV was unclear. Little had changed by the time the series ended at the beginning of October 2023.
Due to the writers’ and actors’ strikes, and likely other behind-the-scenes factors, many of the shows Star Wars viewers assumed we would get in 2023 aren’t materializing anytime soon. Skeleton Crew, The Acolyte, and even Tales of the Jedi Season 2 don’t have confirmed release dates or windows.
And since everything is already getting pushed back because of all this, everything that could have been guaranteed for 2024 — Andor Season 2, who knows, maybe even the final season of The Bad Batch — may not even be possible until 2025 at the earliest. The Mandalorian Season 4? It might be a while, friends.
Maybe though — just maybe — this isn’t the bad news you might think it is.
I have very few complaints about the last few years of Star Wars TV overall. These shows have featured some of my favorite characters and storylines in the franchise, and it does feel to me like they’re trying to learn as they go and improve upon past shortcomings in some areas (there’s still a lot of work to do, of course).
But a gap in new small-screen content — regardless of the reasons behind that — isn’t the worst thing for either the creatives behind the scenes or the viewers waiting for new stories.
Behind the scenes, there have been rumors about Disney and its writers’ rooms (or lack thereof) on Marvel shows and other small-screen properties. Star Wars TV could be facing big changes to the way it’s developed, and that may be for the best for the sake of future storytelling.
A gap like this also gives Star Wars fans more time to digest the stories we’ve just seen and even allows for the opportunity to explore new areas of Star Wars they may not have gotten the chance to see yet. Plus, who doesn’t love downtime to revisit stories we already know we love and want to consume again?
It’s unclear when the next show will come around or even which one will actually end up airing first. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy Star Wars in its entirety, even if it’s all Star Wars we’ve already seen before.
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