One of the Star Wars shows that continued the story of Star Wars beyond the rise of the Empire and the fall of the Jedi Order is The Bad Batch, which has enjoyed two successful seasons already. Considering that this series has a lot of action and focuses on the story of the clones that fought in the Clone Wars and are about to be set aside during the reign of the Empire, it is understandable for there to be a lot of deaths in this series. But some deaths are more important than others.
As such, those who haven’t been keeping up with this series should know that some of the characters that died may not be entirely acceptable to you. But you should note that a lot of people died during the Empire’s reign, considering that we are talking about a fascist regime that doesn’t care about killing people as long as the Empire stays powerful. So, with that said, let’s look at the most important deaths in seasons 1 and 2 of The Bad Batch.
Who Died in The Bad Batch Season 1?
We know that the storyline of The Bad Batch focuses on Clone Force 99, a group of clones that were designed to have different features and abilities due to their mutations. As such, the members of the Bad Batch tend to be quite different in terms of their overall skills compared to the regular clones, which makes them special. And we saw them participating in one of the most action-packed openers an animated series could ever have.
The Star Wars: The Bad Batch happens directly after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. That means that one of the first scenes of season 1 was Order 66, which forced all of the clones to kill any Jedi on sight due to the inhibitor chip that could be found in their brains. But because of their mutations, the members of Clone Force 99 were resistant to its effects, as we saw them hunting down Jedi Master Depa Billaba during the opening episode of the series.
Depa Billaba was the master of Caleb Dume, who you may be familiar with as the old name that Kanan Jarrus used to go by before he went into hiding. In episode 1, we saw the Bad Batch in a battle involving Billaba and Dume. The clone troopers (specifically Commander Grey) working with the Jedi duo killed Billaba, who allowed her Padawan to escape. Crosshair was about to gun the young Jedi down before Hunter prevented him from doing so, as he was more resistant to the effects of the inhibitor chip inside his head.
There was also another unnamed Jedi that was killed due to Order 66. However, we don’t know who that Jedi was. The only thing that we know was that this Jedi was one of the many victims of Palpatine’s Order 66.
It was also in season 1 that we saw Crosshair affirming his loyalty to the Empire by killing ES-01 for disobeying orders and gunning down some of Saw Gerrera’s refugees. Another notable death that we saw was the death of Taun We, a Kaminoan. Taun We was killed by Fennec Shand, who intercepted Cad Bane’s mission to bring Omega back to Nala Se. For those who may have forgotten, Taun We was the Kaminoan that escorted Obi-Wan to see Jango and Boba Fett in Kamino when he visited that planet.
Speaking of Cad Bane, he also killed a clone called CT-8508. But this clone was killed off-screen. Of course, there were a lot of clone troopers that were killed during the events of season 1 of The Bad Batch. However, outside of the characters we mentioned, there were no major deaths in the season.
Who Died in The Bad Batch Season 2?
Unlike season 1, there weren’t a lot of deaths that happened in season 2. That’s because the members of The Bad Batch had decided to fly under the radar and were no longer actively fighting the Imperial forces that pursued them in season 1. This means there weren’t many all-out battles and fights that caused major casualties.
However, season 2 allowed us to see more important and named characters dying. The first notable character death was Clone Captain Wilco, who was killed by Rampart in the chest when he found out that Clone Force 99 had survived the destruction of Kamino back in season 1.
During one of the missions that Crosshair participated in together with Echo, another notable clone, he was forced to kill Governor Tawni Ames due to the orders of the Empire. That was one of the instances that turned Echo off to the Empire, as he went rogue after seeing Crosshair killing an unarmed person without question.
In the episode entitled The Clone Conspiracy, a clone named Cade was assassinated by Clone X, who was ordered to kill clones threatening to expose what happened in Kamino. After Clone X was captured in the middle of the episode, he committed suicide by taking a suicide pill.
The defining moment in Crosshair’s storyline happened in episode The Outpost, where he was tasked to work with a clone squad stationed on an icy planet. Several clones died when raiders attacked them, as Hexx and Veetch were killed in the attack. Meanwhile, Crosshair bonded with Clone Commander Mayday, who died after Lieutenant Nolan simply allowed him to die due to his injuries. Nolan’s inaction forced Crosshair to kill him as he learned that the Empire didn’t care about the clones.
The most notable death in the entire series happened in the final episode of season 2 when Tech sacrificed himself by shooting the railcar holding back the escape of Clone Force 99. Although his death is still debatable, as there’s still a good chance that he may have found a way to survive, the current consensus and belief are that he died in one of the most important acts of self-sacrifice seen in Star Wars.