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The Bad Batch Season 2 Release Date, Cast, And Trailer - What We Know So Far

"Star Wars: The Bad Batch" is the animated spinoff of the popular series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" that premiered on May 4, 2021. Originally conceived by George Lucas, and created and developed by Dave Filoni, the series follows a group of "enhanced" clones who find themselves on the wrong side of the Empire after Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) issues Order 66, the directive to wipe out the Jedi.

Season 1 of "Bad Batch" is all about Clone Force 99, also known as "the Bad Batch," leaving their military lives behind and becoming mercenaries-for-hire, while also accepting a new member of their group: Omega (Michelle Ang), a child clone who shares their DNA. Also in Season 1, Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo (all played by Dee Bradley Baker) find themselves at odds with their former squadmate Crosshair (also played by Baker), who has chosen to stay loyal to the Empire. The season ended with the destruction of Tipoca, the capital city of the planet Kamino and the home of the Empire's cloning program. Since then, fans have been eager to find out what happens to Clone Force 99, and how the Empire will evolve into the form that's familiar from the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

Today, Lucasfilm and Disney dropped a trailer for Season 2 that gives a lot of hints about where the show is headed.

What is the release date for Bad Batch Season 2?

According to the "Bad Batch" Season 2 trailer, the next installment will be available in "Autumn 2022," although the exact release date hasn't yet been specified.

The only other "Star Wars" TV show scheduled to premiere around that time is "Andor," the live-action prequel series to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which sees Diego Luna return as Rebel Alliance fighter Cassian Andor. "Andor" will premiere on August 31, 2022. "Andor" Season 1 has 12 total episodes, and the first two will premiere on the 31st, so the first season will be done by October 12. Most likely, "Bad Batch" Season 2 would premiere once "Andor" is finished, so expect a late-October or early November premiere. Season 1 of "Bad Batch" had 16 episodes. The episode count for Season 2 hasn't been revealed, but most likely it will be the same.

It's a good bet that the exact release date will be revealed in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates.

Who is in the cast of Bad Batch Season 2?

Dee Bradley Baker will be reprising his many roles, including the enhanced clones Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Crosshair. He also plays several additional characters on the show, like Captain Rex, who debuted on "Clone Wars." Michelle Ang will also be back as Omega. Baker and Ang were both present at Star Wars Celebration 2022's "Bad Batch" panel, which Looper attended.

The trailer for "Bad Batch" Season 2–more on this below–confirms that several other cast members will be back. Noshir Dalal will be back as Imperial Vice Admiral Rampart, and Rhea Perlman will be returning as Cid, the Trandoshan criminal on Ord Mantell who often gives the Bad Batch their jobs.

Finally, the trailer included a surprise reveal that the Bad Batch will cross paths with Emperor Palpatine. Since Ian McDiarmid already voiced Emperor Palpatine in Season 1–during the scene when the Bad Batch and their fellow clones watch a hologram message from their new emperor informing them of Order 66–most likely he'll be reprising the role.

Is there a trailer for Bad Batch Season 2?

The trailer for "Bad Batch" Season 2 premiered on Sunday, May 29 at Star Wars Celebration 2022, and was made available online shortly after. It starts with a debate between Hunter and Cid. Hunter claims that the Bad Batch are free from their former servitude, but Cid sees things differently. With the Empire on their trail, they're not quite as free as they thought.

The trailer shows several new locales that the Bad Batch will visit, like an oceanic planet filled with giant crablike creatures. It also gives glimpses of some of the new and returning characters. Commander Cody (Dee Bradley Baker) will factor into the story, as will Gungi, the Wookie Jedi. Both characters were major parts of the "Clone Wars" TV series.

The trailer also revealed that the Bad Batch will all be getting wardrobe updates. Omega's hair is longer, and now she's rocking a helmet. The rest of the Bad Batch all have more colorful uniforms, which contrast visually with the Empire's new conscripted soldiers. As supervising director Brad Rau explained during the panel, the characters' new looks are meant to symbolize their evolution in a post-Order 66 world.

Above all, the trailer promises plenty more action and character development. Fans wouldn't have it any other way.