Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 creators discuss how, “The Empire is everywhere”

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The creators behind Star Wars: The Bad Batch have been talking about what fans can expect from Clone Force 99’s journey in Season 2.

The second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch has arrived, with a two-episode premiere dropping on Disney+ yesterday. The hit animated show sees the return of Clone Force 99 (and Omega), as they battle to survive in a galaxy increasingly under ever tightening Imperial control. In an interview with the official Star Wars website, the creators behind the show have discussed what’s next for the motely group of characters in the second season.

“We purposely ended Season 1 closing a chapter,” says executive producer Jennifer Corbett, who’s also the series’ head writer. “It was sort of a reset for the show. The idea was that now that Tipoca City was destroyed, the Empire thinks the Batch perished in that attack, so they have this relative freedom. They can do missions now and stay a bit more under the radar. We wanted to very quickly pull them back in as they keep getting sucked into the bigger Galactic conflict,” Corbett adds, “and things get a bit more complicated for them.”

Corbett goes on to explain how the current situation in the galaxy means that Clone Force 99 will have a tougher hill to climb this season. “They went from being these Republic troopers who were probably catered to in terms of the best gear, best equipment, best missions,” Corbett says, to working to keep themselves fed, scraping by with worn-out armor, and doing whatever missions they can safely come by. “I sort of picture it as like a family road trip,” she says with a laugh. “Cross-country, and you’re right in the middle and you still have a long way to go.”

Supervising director/executive producer Brad Rau adds to the conversation by saying, “It became part of our poster for Celebration: The Long Road Ahead,” Rau says. “We wanted to put them in a spot where things aren’t great. What are they going to do? What’s their next decision? The Empire is everywhere and the Empire’s growing, so you can’t really do whatever you want. It’s a smaller world.”

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 is now streaming on Disney+ for all subscribers, with the latest series concluding in a two-episode finale on March 29, 2023.

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