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Star Wars' Dee Bradley Baker Explains Commander Cody's Mindset After Order 66

Of the many things that "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" does right, among the most praise-worthy is its depiction of the Galactic Republic's clone army. Unlike the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, the series puts them in the spotlight and treats them as actual characters with feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. As a result, names like Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker), Commander Wolffe (Baker), and Gregor (Baker) have since become favorites within the fandom. Commander Cody — the clone leader designated to Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) — has proven no exception.

Aside from his unique orange-detailed armor and his ties to the beloved Kenobi, Cody has become a notable name due to his involvement in the Jedi-killing Order 66. When the command was given in "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith," he shockingly orders his men to attack Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Given their close bond on "The Clone Wars," this is a heartbreaking moment, and for years it has raised questions in the fan community. Unlike many other well-known clones within the "Star Wars" canon, Cody's post-Order 66 life hasn't been explored too thoroughly.

At long last, thanks to the successor to "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," fans have reunited with Cody in the shadow of the Galactic Empire long after the execution of Order 66. According to voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, here's where Kenobi's former clone commander is mentally by the time of his comeback in the Season 2 episode "The Solitary Clone."

Cody is starting to understand the Empire's horrific nature

During a chat with the official "Star Wars" website, Dee Bradley Baker touched on the return of Commander Cody via "The Bad Batch" and discussed what he's thinking at this point. "He's still in with the Empire, and he still thinks that this went the way it should — that they took out the bad guys, and they're here to bring order and to make the world work," he said of Cody's feelings after Order 66, but then again, Baker mentions that the high-ranking clone is starting to rethink some things. He adds that he and former Clone Force 99 member Crosshair (Baker) are becoming aware that the Empire isn't the side of the good guys and that the regime is actively bad for the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Cody and Crosshair aren't the only ones looking at the Empire sideways as it begins to tighten its grip on the galaxy. The Bad Batch itself is beginning to realize that it'll have to act against it sooner rather than later. Echo (Baker) is especially keen on helping those in danger of being crushed under the Empire's galaxy-spanning boot. In a separate interview with the "Star Wars" website, Baker attests to this and teases that the still-unfolding Season 2 will continue to delve into these concepts. "We see an upping of the stakes in terms of what's in play with the Empire's closing of its iron fist around the galaxy. And so, increasingly, the Bad Batch is up against that," Baker said.

New episodes of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" Season 2 drop every Wednesday exclusively on Disney+. This batch will run for a total of 16 episodes.