If you’ve been watching Star Wars: The Bad Batch — or reading our own Olly MacNamee‘s reviews of the season thus far — you know it’s building momentum like some of its animated predecessors. And that momentum will continue as Disney+ confirmed Thursday that the program will return with a second season in 2022.
“Fans have enthusiastically embraced the action and drama of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and we are excited to see the Star Wars animated universe continue to expand on Disney+,” Michael Paull, president of Disney+ and ESPN+, said in a statement. “As the dedicated streaming home for the Star Wars franchise, we can’t wait for the second season of this fan-favorite animated series.”
Creator and executive producer Dave Filoni added, “The entire Lucasfilm Animation team and I would like to thank Disney+ and our fans for the opportunity to continue telling the story of the Bad Batch.”
The series follows Clone Force 99 (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) — a special detachment of clones who did not develop as uniformly as the rest of the Grand Army of the Republic and resist the urge to be absolutely loyal. Though an effective strike team, their independence becomes a threat to the Empire as soon as the Clone Wars end. Going on the run with a female variant clone called Omega (Michelle Ang), the Bad Batch become mercenaries in a galaxy filled with more peril than they ever imagined. Taking place within Filoni’s corner of the Star Wars Galaxy, it follows up on ideas from the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series and deepens the understanding of characters and concepts from Star Wars Rebels while developing its own peculiar cast.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch streams Fridays on Disney+