‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ final season premieres on Netflix March 7

Feb. 13, 2014 | 6:04 a.m.
"The Clone Wars." (Lucasfilm)

“The Clone Wars.” (Lucasfilm)

The sixth and final season of the “Star Wars” animated series “The Clone Wars” is coming to Netflix.

Subscribers in the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch the final 13 episodes of the popular show, dubbed “The Lost Season,” beginning March 7.

“The Clone Wars” aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled last year to make way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” which will premiere on the Disney Channel in the fall before airing regularly on Disney XD.

In addition to “The Lost Season,” Netflix also will make available the entirety of “The Clone Wars'” first five seasons, including several director’s-cut episodes not previously seen on television, in addition to the “Clone Wars” feature film.

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“’Star Wars’ is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

“The Lost Season” follows a rift in the Force caused by Ahsoka Tano’s departure from the Jedi Order and the growing menace of Sith Lords and apprentices throughout the galaxy. In an interview with Hero Complex last fall, executive producer Dave Filoni had teased that the final set of episodes would “really please the diehard ‘Clone Wars’ fans, especially the story arc with Master Yoda.”

“That one is critical to the bigger picture,” Filoni said.

Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in fall of 2012, has been ramping up publicity efforts for “Star Wars Rebels” in recent weeks, revealing new characters who will be central to the series, which is set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” and four years prior to the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”

The Inquisitor is the new bad guy from the animated series "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm).

The Inquisitor is the new bad guy from the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” (Lucasfilm).

The Inquisitor, first unveiled during New York Comic Con last year, will serve as a major new villain tasked by Darth Vader with tracking down the remaining Jedi Knights such as Kanan, who will be voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. A former Jedi Knight who survived the Emperor’s massacre, Kanan has gone into hiding and no longer uses his lightsaber for fear of being discovered.

A new droid, Chopper, also will be a regular character on the show.

Of the differences between the two series, Filoni said last year: “’Rebels’ will be different from ‘The Clone Wars’ in a couple ways, and one is the decision to stick with one story and one main group of characters. We wanted fans to get to know the new characters and what they are fighting for. Each episode has its own unique story, while still fitting into the much larger picture of what is going on in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. ‘Rebels’ will tell the story of a group of characters, in this way it is more like the original trilogy which followed Han, Luke and Leia, where the prequels showed us the grand scale and political as well as personal.”

Are you happy to see the final episodes of “The Clone Wars”? Looking forward to “Star Wars Rebels”? Let us know in the comments section.

– Gina McIntyre and Patrick Kevin Day

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