After an underwhelming pilot (shoddily re-edited into a feature film) and rocky first season, Star Wars: The Clone Wars came into its own and became fan-favorite. The series earned particular praise for the superiority of its writing compared to the prequel films from which the show was spun off.
However, following Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm, The Clone Wars came to a premature end, concluding with only 6 seasons rather than the planned 8. While the series is now receiving a proper conclusion with Season 7, several planned episodes and story arcs will remain unfinished. Curious to find out what stories from The Clone Wars won’t be animated as part of the series? Let’s dive in…
10 Crystal Crisis On Utapau
Foreshadowing Utapau’s role in Revenge Of The Sith, “Crystal Crisis On Utapau” would’ve featured Obi-Wan and Anakin journeying to the eponymous planet to investigate the death of a Jedi Master. There, they would’ve discovered General Grievous and Separatist forces attempting to acquire a giant Kyber Crystal for use in a super-weapon (the future Death Star).
The arc also would’ve focused on Anakin dealing with Ahsoka leaving the Jedi and his resultant disillusionment with the Order. Of the unfinished episodes, this four-part arc was the closest to completion when The Clone Wars was canceled, with incomplete animation reels being released. Alas, unlike the similarly unfinished “Bad Batch” arc, “Crystal Crisis” was not completed as part of Season 7.
9 Boba Fett and Cad Bane Team-Up
Carrying on from his role in Attack Of The Clones, The Clone Wars wove in an origin story for Boba Fett across its seasons, showing how he went from a seemingly harmless child to a feared mercenary. This arc would’ve completed that origin, showing Fett both acquiring his armor from the original trilogy and dethroning the top bounty hunter of The Clone Wars era.
Inspired by John Ford’s The Searchers, the arc would’ve focused on Boba Fett teaming up with Cad Bane to rescue a child abducted by Tusken Raiders on Tatooine. It would be revealed that Bane had a rivalry with Jango Fett over who was the better bounty hunter before the senior Fett’s untimely demise; the Duros mercenary takes Boba under his wing in hopes he can get resolution. The story would conclude in a Wild-West style shootout between Fett and Bane; Fett wins, nailing Bane in the head while suffering only a dent to his hemet.
8 Dark Disciple
Asajj Ventress had one of the more dramatic arcs across The Clone Wars, going from a Sith acolyte of Count Dooku to an anti-heroic bounty hunter. This eight-episode arc would’ve wrapped up her story. After Count Dooku orders the massacre of a refugee flotilla, the Jedi Council decides to have him assassinated. They select Jedi Master Quinlan Vos for the task, instructing him to recruit Ventress for assistance.
The assassination attempt goes south, however, and things grow even more complicated when Dooku abducts Vos, intending to mold the Jedi Master into his new apprentice. While the arc was never completed in its original intended form, it was attempted into the novel Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, so you have the chance to see the story play out, albeit in a different medium.
7 Yoda & The Bad Batch On Kashyyyk
Clone Force 99, “The Bad Batch,” were introduced in the opening episodes of Season 7, but the creators originally had further plans for the team. Carrying on from the Season 3 two-parter where Ahsoka and Chewbacca abducted by Trandoshans who want to hunt them for sport, this arc would’ve featured Trandoshans allying with the Separatists to invade Kashyyyk.
Yoda and the Bad Batch promptly journey to Kashyyyk to repel the invasion. The story would’ve explained the origins of Yoda’s friendship with the Wookiees, Chewbacca in particular, and delved into Wookiee culture such as their spiritual relationship with the trees of Kashyyyk. It also would’ve explored Echo adjusting to membership of the Bad Batch.
6 Son Of Dathomir
Believed dead after The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul’s return in The Clone Wars was a welcome surprise. Maul last appeared in the series’ initial run at the mercy of his former master Sidious, and while he’s set to play a key role in the finale arc, The Siege of Mandalore, the show has thus far elided how he escaped Sidious and resumed his rule of Mandalore.
There was a 4-part arc planned that would’ve filled this gap, as well featuring Maul meeting and dueling with both Dooku and Grievous, while also wrapping up Mother Talzin’s story. Like Dark Disciple, this arc was adapted to another medium, namely the 4-part comic mini-series, Son Of Dathomir.
5 Rex & R2-D2 Stranded
In this story, purportedly inspired by Top Gun, Rex is forced to pilot a fighter to resolve a rivalry between the Clones’ ground and air forces, with R2 as his co-pilot. The pair wind up stranded on a moon of Twi’lek homeworld Ryloth, alongside a reprogrammed B2 Super Battle Droid.
The arc also would’ve featured the return of WAC-47 and the astromech platoon from Season 5’s “D-Squad” arc, though in what capacity is unknown.
4 Ahsoka’s Origin
Ahsoka’s origin was established within The Clone Wars, having been found and brought to the Jedi Temple by Master Plo Koon. What fans missed out on was the chance to see the story play out. This flashback episode would reveal that a Zygerrian slaver named Latras had arrived before Plo Koon, and claimed to be a Jedi as a way of abducting Ahsoka.
In a classic “don’t judge a book by its cover” tale, Ahsoka’s village would be hesitant to trust Plo Koon on account of his intimidating appearance, compared to the more attractive looking Latras. Though considering Ahsoka wound up with the Jedi, things would’ve righted themselves in the end.
3 Yuuzhan Vong Abduction
The Yuuzhan Vong, aliens from beyond the Star Wars galaxy who use organic technology and are immune to the Force, were major antagonists in Legends, but have yet to appear in the current canon. They were scheduled for a guest appearance in The Clone Wars, however.
The arc would feature a single Yuuzhan Vong ship arriving in Republic space to scout the area for invasion, and spiraled into an X-Files inspired alien abduction story from there. The Yuuzhan Vong were reportedly going to be altered from their prior depictions in novels and comics, without their immunity to the Force per George Lucas’ request, but the arc would’ve played up the mystery around them for horror effect.
2 Return To Mon Cala
This arc would’ve served as a follow-up to both the “Invasion of Mon Cala” three-parter which opened Season 4 and the Season 6 arc centered on Rush Clovis. Growing concerned with Palpatine‘s continual amassing of power, Padmé journeys to Mon Cala to seek the support of King Lee Char and Senator Tills in voting out Palpatine. When they refuse, Padmé is forced to seek the support of Quarren Senator Tikkes, a secret Separatist.
The arc would’ve been a send-off for Padmé and the political storylines the show had occasionally included, while also setting up a deleted (but still canon) subplot in Revenge Of The Sith of Padmé, Bail Organa, and other Senators attempting to oust Palpatine, planting the seeds for the Rebel Alliance in the process.
1 Return To The Jedi
While “Ahsoka’s Walkabout” was included in the finished Season 7, our favorite Togruta Jedi was intended to have one more arc focused on her before “The Siege of Mandalore.” This 4-part arc would’ve featured Ahsoka discovering the Jedi Temple to be built upon an ancient Sith Shrine, and would’ve climaxed with a quasi-duel between Ahsoka and Darth Sidious.
The Sith Lord attempts to gain access to the Shrine’s Holocron vault, forcing Ahsoka to weld the door shut with her Lightsaber while Sidious, on the other side, uses the saber as a conduit to blast her with Force Lightning. While changes to “Ahsoka’s Walkabout” means this story is likely no longer canon, the presence of the Sith Shrine on Coruscant was confirmed in the 2014 novel Tarkin.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars was canceled in the middle of season 6. Because of this, we never got to see these canceled story arcs with Ahsoka & more.