The composers of The Bad Batch break down the end credits of the finale

Just make us cry more already, Sean and Deana! Geez...
(L-R): Omega and Hunter in a scene from "STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH", season 3 exclusively on Disney+. © 2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Omega and Hunter in a scene from "STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH", season 3 exclusively on Disney+. © 2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved. /

Star Wars: The Bad Batch might be over, but that doesn't mean the creators have stopped sharing their love of the series. The show was composed by the Kiners, being Kevin Kiner (who has scored Ahsoka and all of the animated series except for Star Wars Resistance) and his son and daughter, Sean and Deana. The latter two share a Twitter account where they dove deep into the creation and thought behind the final credits of the series.

The song is called "I Am Ready," which plays during the scene where adult Omega says goodbye to Hunter as she leaves to join the Rebel Alliance. The scene then turns into the final credits sequence, which brings the show to a close. The entire thread ended up being quite the emotional journey.

"In honor of another The Bad Batch eve, I’d like to do a tiny dive into the thought process behind the End Credits of the finale, heard here starting around 1:52," they began, sharing a link to the song on Spotify. "[At] 1:52, the piano fit the mood at the end, sweet but a little sad having to say goodbye. It was a complex emotion that was very in line with the actual emotions we were feeling saying goodbye to the show."

After this point, every few seconds of the song defined a character in the series, "At 1:54, a solo Cello comes in with what I always called the Omega B section, which we used as her personal theme for moments of Omega-specific triumph since her main melody really became the motif for the Bad Batch Family."

"At 2:14, a solo Trumpet plays Tech’s death theme. As I’ve mentioned in the past, we wanted it to feel whole here to show that his sacrifice meant something, that he had saved his family. But re-listening, it doesn’t hit that way. The solo trumpet plays like a military funeral, and it plays pretty dang sad." As someone whose favorite character in the show is still Tech, this particular tweet hit me pretty dang sad too.

However, Tech's death theme transformed the rest of the song. "[This is] UNTIL it hits the Bad Batch theme at 2:19 in the French Horns, which is appropriate even though it wasn’t intentional. I’d always associated The Bad Batch theme with Hunter, even though he never got a dedicated motif. He always put the Batch first."

"At 2:24, the violins and clarinets play Kevin [Kiner]’s Clone Theme from The Clone Wars, which we had also always used for Echo. I don’t know what the future will bring, but if this is the end of the Clone era, I wanted that theme to be here in a place where a few of them got to have a life after war. Also, to me, the clarinet is The People’s instrument and I think that’s fitting for Echo." As Echo has always been the most well-rounded member of the Batch, I found this quite fitting for him.

They continued, "At 2:26, flutes and 2nd violins play a blend of the Crosshair and Mayday motif. I don’t remember which part is Crosshair’s and which is Mayday’s, and that’s intentional. He carries Mayday with him. There’s no point in separating them emotionally in my head."

Diving into the final member of the Batch, they say, "At 2:28, French horns play Wrecker’s big parallel fifths. The big guy subtly carrying everyone to the end, as always." As Wrecker was always the gentle giant of the group, this was a lovely final touch.

The Kiners finish with, "Finally at 2:33, we end with the pianos and harp playing Omega’s theme. The first thing I wrote specifically for the show, and now the last. It had really become the sound of this little family, and I’m glad they finally got a semblance of peace."

This was a beautiful, emotional ride to read. The Bad Batch has become one of the most vital pieces of Star Wars media, connecting the prequel trilogy to the sequels. It's some of the best work Star Wars animation has ever done. A big part of that is thanks to the Kiners and their work composing the series.

The Kiners' Twitter thread has been slightly edited for clarity.

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