In the first half of a two-part finale, Star Wars: The Bad Batch returned Clone Force 99 to Kamino, where the traitorous Crosshair had taken a captured Hunter in order to lure the rest of the team, including Omega, into a trap. Alternately called “Finale Part 1” and “Return to Kamino”, it finally got the band back together for some unexpected results. Before we start speculating about The Bad Batch season 1, episode 16, which will presumably be called “Finale Part 2”, let’s quickly go over where we stand.
- Crosshair’s intention was to convert Clone Force 99 to the side of the Empire. This was… a weird turn. Throughout the season he has been pretty explicitly looking for revenge, or so it seemed.
- Speaking of weird turns, he also revealed that he had already had his inhibitor chip removed. This was a big moment since we were always to expect that he would eventually be redeemed if the others could just get that chip out of his head. But no such luck, apparently. If this has all been his choice, then what led him down this path?
- Admiral Rampart, under orders from Tarkin, opened fire on the Kaminoan cloning facility from a Star Destroyer having acquired all the cloning data and technology.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 16 release date
“Finale Part 2” will be released exclusively on Disney+ on August 13, at the usual time of 3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT. We don’t anticipate any changes to the schedule.
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1, episode 16 spoilers
“Finale Part 1” churned through more plot than you’d necessarily expect for the first half of a two-parter, and ended on quite a cliffhanger, with the fate of the team still unknown. Here are some predictions for the final episode of the first season:
- Clone Force 99 will have survived the destruction of the facility, obviously. This probably goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning since how they escape will probably form at least a chunk of the episode.
- What’s going to happen with Crosshair? Hunter stunned him and took him with them, so he’s alive for now. If what he said about his inhibitor chip is true, that raises some questions. Who removed it? Presumably not the Empire, since why would they? And if it had been removed already why did he swear allegiance to the Empire in the first place, and then kill his men to try and recruit Clone Force 99? What’s his endgame here?
- Where is Nala Se? And the rest of the Kaminoans? The Empire has relocated everyone, some of them forcibly, and acquired their technology to boot. But we’ve seen Nala Se be concerned enough about Omega to send bounty hunters after her — is she just going to let this go?
- Will Rampart get his comeuppance? I don’t recall seeing him anywhere else in the current canon, so there’s a chance he won’t make it through the finale.