Even though the animated series is set in the early days of the Galactic Empire, The Bad Batch tends to show the effect of Palpatine on the galaxy as opposed to Palpatine himself.
However, in Episode 8 titled "Truth and Consequences," Palpatine makes a surprising and chilling cameo.
Emperor Palpatine Receives Disney+ Poster
In the tradition of The Bad Batch character posters, Star Wars shared a new poster of the Sith Lord Emperor.
In Episode 8, Palpatine makes his Season 2 debut in the Imperial Senate.
Here he condemns Admiral Rampart and the clone troopers for destroying Kamino's Tipoca City, using their actions as an excuse to replace clones with stormtroopers.
Not only was the shrewd political maneuver classic Palpatine, but the original trilogy's Ian McDiarmid returned to voice the character for this episode.
The Bad Batch's Big Palpatine Cameo
While Emperor Palpatine did appear in Season 1 of The Bad Batch, his cameo was limited to a hologram.
Therefore, having the Emperor appear in person for Season 2 is a much bigger deal and may also signify that more danger and higher stakes are ahead for Clone Force 99.
To date, Palpatine has only been seen in Episode 8. However, now that the season is past its halfway mark and headed toward the finale, the question is whether he has another part to play in future episodes.
New episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch stream on Wednesdays on Disney+.