Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is finally about to start, and one of the show’s voice actors has hinted at the expanding scope of Omega and the clones’ Order 66-era stories. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, many Star Wars streaming projects have experienced delays and scheduling changes, including the upcoming episode of the animated series. Following the fall of the Galactic Republic, the series follows a motley crew of genetically altered clones as they meet and adopt Omega, another altered clone. Season 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch saw the team dealing with difficulties both large and small during a period of severe distress in the Lucasfilm universe.

Dee Bradley Baker, who provides the voices for all the animated clones, hinted at Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2’s larger scope in an interview with Collider. The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars introduced the main characters, Clone Force 99, who were fleshed out in season 1. However, Baker hinted that the Empire’s expanding size and power will put more pressure on the heroes and have varying degrees of impact on the crew that viewers have grown accustomed to and attached to. Baker’s comments are below:

“The key thesis of the season to me is that the Empire is growing bigger, and there’s nowhere to run or hide. And that plays out for Omega as it does for the Bad Batch, as it does for Crosshair. And so these are the larger realities of the Star Wars canon that are locking into place and coming into play, and it’s spectacularly great Star Wars as far as I’m concerned. I just love it.”

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Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is made even more intriguing by Dee Bradley Baker’s remarks. While season 1 hinted at some of the larger Star Wars stories—primarily through its arcs with the Kaminoan cloners and glimpses into the Empire’s expanding influence—it wisely focused most of its attention on creating the group of characters who will continue to guide viewers through one of the most turbulent times in Star Wars canon. Now that the series’ timeline is getting closer to the events of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, it seems as though it will build on what it formed in season 1 and open itself up to more expansive Star Wars stories.

Fans have already seen some exciting cameos in the Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 2 trailer, including Senator Bail Organa riding a speeder bike in what appears to be an attempt to flee as well as the return of Commander Cody and Captain Rex, the latter of whom is looking for Clone Force 99 for a mission. We don’t yet know what that mission entails, but a brief mention of more and more clones defying orders in the trailer could portend a clone uprising. However, fans are aware from other Star Wars media that a prospective clone uprising could only result in tragedy. The events of season 2 may have a significant impact on the timeline of the entire franchise, which may force Omega to take charge and develop into an even more potent leader within the escalating rebellion against the Empire.

Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch could address a number of unresolved issues, and Dee Bradley Baker’s remarks only serve to heighten the anticipation for the film. Star Wars content has been lacking since Andor ended, but Omega, Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Crosshair will fill the void before The Mandalorian season 3 premieres in March. Many Star Wars fans thought Season 1 was a lot of fun, but it appears that Season 2 may surpass expectations when it debuts on January 4 on Disney+ with the first two episodes of its 16-episode run.

Source: Collider