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Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7: Everything we know before episode 5 hits Disney Plus

You can watch four of the season's 12 episodes now, and the fifth will bring back Ahsoka Tano on Friday.

Continue, The Clone Wars will, every Friday until May. The beloved Star Wars CGI animated series is getting 12 new episodes on Disney Plus, and episodes 1, 23 and 4  are available now. As with the live-action series The Mandalorian, episodes are being released weekly, and the company sent a tweet you can like if you want to be alerted when new ones are available.

A clip from the fifth episode, Gone With a Trace, landed on Tuesday. It showed former Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) getting back into action in Coruscant's underworld, while keeping her Jedi past a secret.

Previous seasons of the show are available on the service, so you can jump in right now. The Mandalorian, which just wrapped up its first season, is set decades after The Clone Wars and ties into the events of the show.

Let's take a look at what we know about the revival so far.

What's Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

This series is set between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, revealing the intergalactic conflict Obi-Wan Kenobi first mentioned in 1977's A New Hope .

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Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi top the bill in The Clone Wars season 7 poster, with Maul lurking below.

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The show's named after the clone troopers, which were created from the DNA of bounty hunter Jango Fett and serve the Galactic Republic in its battle against the Separatists.

The Clone Wars started off with a theatrically released movie of the same name on Aug. 15, 2008, then five seasons of 108 episodes that aired until 2013. The series was canceled that year, in the wake of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, but a sixth season, known as The Lost Missions, gave us an additional 13 episodes in 2014.

The show's best known for introducing Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's Padawan, who "represented equality," according to her voice actress Ashley Eckstein. She became one of the franchise's most beloved characters despite never physically appearing in a live-action movie.

The Clone Wars has amassed legions of loyal fans -- as evidenced by its packed convention panels and the success of the #BringBackCloneWars movement -- and offered a gateway into a galaxy far, far away for a new generation watching on Cartoon Network. 

If you need more persuading as to why this engaging, ambitious series is essential viewing, check out our love letter to some of its greatest elements and moments.

While writer Brent Friedman said in 2014 the team had The Clone Wars planned out through the end of season 8, the cancellation resulted in several characters' fates being left unresolved. 

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Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi face off against some battle droids in the season's fourth episode.

Some of these stories have since been adapted into fun novels like Dark Disciple, excellent comic book series such as Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, and unfinished story reels that are available online. But others have not. 

The most important character arcs are those of Ahsoka and Darth Maul. The former left the Jedi Order to become a free agent after being framed and was almost sentenced to death at the end of season 5, while Maul was captured by his former master, Darth Sidious, and escaped in the Son of Dathomir comic series.

What we know about season 7

The 10th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 surprised fans with a trailer and poster for the new season.

The presence of the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze (seen as a hologram with Ahsoka) suggests this exchange will lead into the Siege of Mandalore, one of the final battles of the Clone Wars, which writer Matt Michnovetz said was intended to be the climax of the eighth and final season.

In April 2019, the Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel revealed that Ahsoka, Anakin, Maul and the Bad Batch will be the focus of the upcoming Disney Plus season and gave us a fresh trailer.

On Jan. 22, Disney revealed the Feb. 21 release date with another trailer.

What about the cast?

What we know about the Siege of Mandalore

Filoni revealed a great deal about this arc during the Ahsoka's Untold Tales panel at the 2016 Star Wars fan convention Celebration Europe -- even making reference to the clone trooper helmets with orange markings, as seen in the poster. We learned some further details about it in E.K. Johnston's 2016 Ahsoka novel.

Essentially, it's a continuation of the Mandalore storyline that played out between seasons 2 and 5 of the show. Its impact is also seen in follow-up series Rebels and the season 1 finale of The Mandalorian.

More story arcs we're aware of

The Siege of Mandalore won't take up all 12 episodes.

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The first four episodes will be The Bad Batch arc, which was made available online as an incomplete story reel in 2015. The second arc focuses on Ahsoka's life after leaving the Jedi Order -- a storyline fans know as "Ahsoka's walkabout." She gets caught up in the galaxy's seedy underworld, but must be careful about using her Jedi abilities lest she make herself a target.

Were any other story arcs planned?

Yes indeed, the crew behind the show revealed details of a whole bunch in the years between the show's cancellation and its revival.

Along with an unfinished version of The Bad Batch, Crystal Crisis on Utapau was released in story reel form -- so you can experience Obi-Wan and Anakin investigating the mysterious death of a Jedi Master, even if it is a bit rough.

A storyline about Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku's former apprentice, and maverick Jedi Master Quinlan Vos was adapted into the 2015 novel Dark Disciple, while the tale of Darth Maul continued in the four-issue comic miniseries Son of Dathomir.

There were a whole bunch of other episodes planned out, and these stories remain untold. Another Ahsoka arc would've brought her back in contact with the Jedi as they try to rescue Yoda from a Sith shrine that lies far beneath the Jedi Temple -- and brought her dangerously close to an encounter with Darth Sidious.

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Cad Bane, a bounty hunter who regularly battled the Jedi in The Clone Wars, was going to team up with Boba Fett in one of the unused arcs.

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Beyond these Ahsoka episodes, another arc focused on bounty hunters Boba Fett and Cad Bane. Cad knew Boba's late father, Jango (the template for the clone army). This storyline would've taken them to Tatooine for the rescue of a child kidnapped by Tusken Raiders, and animatics were shown at Celebration Anaheim in 2015.

At the 2016 panel, Dave Filoni and the Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo talked about an arc that would've taken Yoda and the Bad Batch to the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk. Matt Michnovetz noted that Chewbacca, who appeared in season 3, would've played a huge role in these episodes.

Filoni referred to an arc that was basically "Top Gun with clones," in which Rex and R2-D2 got stranded together after the clone ground forces argued with the pilots.

The Yuuzhan Vong -- an extragalactic race of invaders from the non-canon New Jedi Order novel series -- would've made a brief appearance in an arc in which a scout ship tested the Republic's defenses (hinting at plans for an invasion). Hidalgo said this was "almost like an X-Files episode."

The final unaired arc we've heard about saw Sen. Padmé Amidala and Anakin returning to the water world of Mon Calamari as Padmé works to end Chancellor Palpatine's extended term of office.

First published Aug. 10, 2018, and updated as we learn more.