When the sixth episode of this season of The Clone Wars airs this week, we will be halfway through the final season of the beloved show. But it sounds like the best is yet to come.
As we know, the show was always supposed to end with the Siege of Mandalore, and we’re finally going to get a chance to see that arc come to life. The final four episodes of the season – and of the series – will focus on telling this story, and the hype is almost off the charts.
In fact, here’s what Sam Witwer (who has voiced a number of Star Wars characters, but most notably voices Maul) had to say about it, via an interview with Gizmodo’s James Whitbrook:
“The finale, that script, was the best Clone Wars script that I ever read. I think Dave has done a really very very cool thing. When I say script I don’t mean – when I’m talking about the finale, I’m talking about the last four episodes because it’s really meant to be seen as a movie. These Clone Wars arcs that go on for three to four episodes, they could also be cut together as movies and they work as one story, but this one really is meant to be seen in its entirety together, more so than anything else we’ve ever done.”
“I’m very very excited for the audience to see it, because it’s consequential, it changes the way you think about certain things in Star Wars, changes the way you think about certain characters, and shows some really interesting core mythology stuff. I’m thrilled, and I’m shocked.”
Additionally, Witwer had this to say about Maul, the character he voices:
“He’s got a few more things to say. Like every other great opportunity to tell a Star Wars story, you want to make sure that what the audience is seeing is something they’ve never seen before from these characters. I do believe we give that to you as far as Maul, I believe you get to see sides of this character you’ve not quite seen. We see him trying things he’s never really quite tried—things he’s maybe not so good at. This will be really fun to see how people respond to it.”
Ok, so here are some of the things that really stood out to me from what Witwer had to say.
- It’s the best Clone Wars script he’s ever read. That’s encouraging and exciting to hear from someone who worked on the show quite a bit. Dave Filoni has said previously that he wants to do this right, and it’s very obvious how much this show and its characters mean to him. I have no doubt he’s going to pull no punches with this arc, as he’s finally able to give the show a proper goodbye. For someone like Witwer, who has worked on the show and enjoys Star Wars, to say it’s the best he’s ever read is pretty cool. Hype intensifying.
- The arc is more unified than anything they’ve done. Witwer also spoke a bit about the arc format of the show (in part to clarify his comments about the script) and how the format has been to tell stories over three or four episodes. This arc, Witwer said, is meant to be seen together more than anything they’ve done. I love that – that this sounds like one true story spread across four episodes. But I wonder if Disney+ will still drop only one a week, even though that’s the case? If so, the wait will probably feel quite long week-to-week!
- It changes the way we think about Star Wars. For someone like me who pays super close attention to all things Star Wars canon, this in particular caught my attention: Witwer says this will change what we think about certain things and characters, and it will show some interesting mythology stuff. There’s no one I’d want doing this more than Dave Filoni, and I can’t wait to see what Witwer means by this. I’m wondering whether it’s connected with something established (like Order 66 or something like that?) or with characters like Ahsoka and Maul, or a combination of both, or something different entirely? This has me really intrigued.
- We’ll see a different side of Maul. Witwer mentioned that we’re going to see Maul try some things that we’ve never seen him try before, and that he might not be that great at all of it. I wonder if this is due to him being cornered on Mandalore and trying to maintain his grip on the world?
- Witwer is thrilled and shocked. That’s how he described it, and that’s exciting and assuring to me. He’s thrilled, so he obviously enjoys the script and is excited about it. But he’s also shocked, which means that there are going to be things that happen that we weren’t expecting.
So get ready. Before long, the Siege of Mandalore will be upon us. And we’ll finally get to experience the true end of The Clone Wars, as it was always meant to be.