Nah. They wouldn't have spent all that money finishing them if all they were going to do was show clips at conventions. Or if they they weren't going to be released somehow that makes money for them.
Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos
And if they were just going to include them as some bonus to a new DVD or Blu-ray set. They would have come with the big sets tuesday. I expect a stand alone release, probably padded out with other stuff to boost the prices.
Probably around the same time that Rebels debuts on TV. So they can do a tie-in release.
Dave Filoni confirmed that the bonus content will be available in early 2014. He didn't say anything about the format, amount, or subject matter other than it features a Yoda solo mission (which we already knew). So it seems we'll see what's left of The Clone Wars at least a few months before Rebels premieres.
TCW writer Brent Friedman appeared on the new Rebels Report podcast and revealed some info about the unproduced episodes. (The nondescript hosts talk for about 15 or 20 minutes at first, but the interview takes up the rest of the show.)
There were plans to end the series at Season Seven, but since they wrote more episodes each season than were aired, there was enough content planned for a full Season Eight. The arc he wrote for Season Six was going to be pushed to be the premiere of Season Seven. He mentioned an adventure featuring Captain Rex and R2-D2, though I'm not sure if that was the same arc.
Ahsoka's departure at the end of Season Five wasn't meant to end the series, but rather to throw a big wrench into it. It sounds like she wasn't planned to appear any more.
He said that they had interesting and unexpected plans for Cad Bane. If anyone from the show can appear in Rebels, I would think it could be him.
As for bonus content, he said he's already seen the long-lost Clovis arc and that it was meant to tie into the standalone Death Watch episode from Season Four (A Friend in Need). He reiterated what others have said in that the Yoda arc is apparently amazing - and that's the only confirmed arc we know about.
Pablo Hidalgo has mentioned more that the bonus content "package is still coming together," and that the "Yoda arc has a profound ending." He also mentioned that Dave wanted to show a Padmé story that led into ROTS with her actually diplomatically ending the war before Grievous surprise attacks Coruscant.
It's good to know more, but it's still extremely frustrating to hear the cool plans that we'll never get to see - three more full seasons would have been amazing. :frus:
The fact that they had everything planned out that well makes Disney's decision that more disappointing. I suppose the good news is that if Rebels is a flop, which it could very well be, then they could presumably easily put the Clone Wars team together again and quickly finish the series.
Rebels is a great opportunity to show Padme did not die!
She will live in seclusion on Alderaan raising Leia, until there's an urgent mission Padme can't stay away from.
Perhaps Brea Organa needs Padme's help.
Without knowing what he's doing - perhaps Vader's actions or minions kill them both.
So yes, Darth Vader did kill his wife - just not when he believes he did.
The tragedy's preserved and Leia grows up motivated to take up her mother's cause against Bail Organa's wishes, since she's all he has left. But he is inspired by his daughter, and continues to grow the Rebel Alliance.
At Padme's funeral, the Jedi have told Padme's parents the body is one of her handmaidens actually - and they would keep it quiet to cover up for the safety of their daughter and grand-daughter (the Naberries could be told about Leia but not about Luke - as Luke was chosen for training by Obi-Wan when he was old enough).
Anyway, a ret-con scene from ROTS for Rebels would be Dorme or Sabe dying, and their faking she is Padme for the funeral and the Jedi asking the Naberries to lie about that being their daughter's body to protect Padme.
Darth Vader (as more machine than man) would be too ashamed to go back there and Palpatine could be convinced of the tragedy since the Naberries would be legitimately sad they could never see their daughter and grand-daughter again anyway. Travel by the Naberries from Naboo to Alderaan would be suspicious - though maybe Padme and Leia do get out once in a while.
Obviously, when she's a teen, Leia cannot be contained (Blockade Runner anyone?)!
This could only be one part of the story arcs in Rebels. But that's what I would do.
Padme's death in ROTS was cheap. Obviously Bail Organa would know it was faked. But that was done to fool the medical droids and the Polis Masans so the Emperor would get an official record of Padme's death.
R2D2 knows - but knows everything anyway. Bail Organa had 3PO's memory wiped.
Vader might even capture 3PO and know his access codes but find nothing and dismiss him, never revealing he was Anakin "the maker."
There could be a staged fight to get 3PO back, but only to convince Vader that Padme was dead.
The irony still being that he blows up a ship or base, or his stormtroopers kill her anyway - without his knowledge she was there.
Worse, he could start looking for a child and Leia could be in danger.
If he knew, but knew she wasn't trained as a Jedi, that would put an interesting twist on ANH. Not sure I'm comfortable with that, but it could be done well.