The mystery of how much time separates the events of Season 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and its upcoming Season 2 has been revealed.
Due to the cloning facility's importance in Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, as well as its weight to The Bad Batch cast, Season 1 ended with audiences wondering where Omega and Clone Force 99 would go next.
On January 4, those questions will be answered when Season 2 of The Bad Batch arrives on Disney+; but out ahead of its debut, the show's producers shared new details on the time jump between seasons.
The Bad Batch's Season 2 Time Jump Explained
In an exclusive interview with The Direct, Star Wars: The Bad Batch producer Jennifer Corbett confirmed "a couple months" have passed between the events of Season 1 and Season 2 of The Clone Wars spin-off.
When first asked about Omega's growth from season to season and whether it mirrors Ahsoka's growth in The Clone Wars, Corbett acknowledged that both share similar "themes," but they really wanted to "ground it in this young girl growing up with her space dads:"
“Yes, I loved 'The Clone Wars' and since we are a successor series I think a lot of those themes play out through the show. But we really just wanted to ground it in this young girl growing up with her space dads and learning to become sort of a soldier but also we wanted to explore - allowing her to have this childlike sense of wonder because it’s just - she’s a child and she needs to get out and see things."
As for the months separating the show's emotional Season 1 finale and the start of its sophomore season, Corbett explained that Omega embodies that time jump.
Much like the series marketing posters have shown, Omega is "a little more trained, has her helmet," and "a new look:"
"When we first meet her it’s been a couple of months since the end of Season 1, and she’s a little more trained, has her helmet, has a new look, and she’s really just blending in with them. It’s very much exploring her growth as things get a little more complicated for the group and for the galaxy.”
The fact that The Bad Batch's second chapter doesn't pick up immediately after the inaugural season finale was previously revealed by show producer Brad Rau.
What fans didn't know, however, was how much time separated the two seasons as, in a previous interview, Rau said, "I'm not gonna say how much, but a little time has passed:"
"I'm not gonna say how much, but a little time has passed before we get to the beginning of season two, and how that affects the whole season is gonna be really fascinating."
Why The Bad Batch Needed Time Between Seasons
Season 1 of the animated Star Wars series explored how clone soldiers dealt with Order 66, the end of the war, and the start of the Empire's transition from clones to conscripted soldiers.
This story was taken to new heights when the Empire's destruction of Tipoca City on Kamino completely and permanently cut the clones off from their past and their purpose.
While fans knew this would leave the clones shocked, what they don't know is how the attack would affect them in the long run. And, that's why Season 2 picking up months later was the right choice.
While The Bad Batch's showrunners have kept most of the new season details under wraps, they have shared a few changes to expect; and as Corbett noted, Omega is definitely one of them.
It will be interesting to see just how much she's grown up at the start of Season 2 and how her own growth affects the number of other changes Clone Force 99 will face.
Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch debuts Wednesday, January 4 on Disney+.