Star Wars: The Bad Batch shows the rise of the Empire and features Palpatine and Tarkin, so where is Vader at this point in the Star Wars timeline?
Where is Darth Vader during the timeline of Star Wars: The Bad Lot? Serving as a kind of sequel to Star Wars, Clone Wars, Disney + The bad lot follows the members of Clone Force 99 – Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, Echo and Crosshair – immediately after the execution of Order 66. This means that the show doesn’t just fit in with the ending of The Clone Wars, it also shows the rise of the Galactic Empire through the Star Wars galaxy.
To that end, Star Wars: The Bad Lot Season 1, Episode 1, “Aftermath,” features Emperor Palpatine, giving a version of his speech declaring that the Republic is the Empire. Similarly, it also features Wilhuff Tarkin in a key supporting role, albeit as an admiral, not yet a Grand Moff as he seeks to stop the production of clone troopers on Kamino, preparing for the Empire’s shift to Stormtroopers. These characters and events are closely related to Darth Vader, but the Sith Lord is conspicuous by his absence, so where is he?
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“Aftermath” begins with Order 66 issued, and the clones, apart from Clone Force 99, though Crosshair obeys, follow it. This means that it is executed simultaneously with the execution of Order 66 in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. At this point of The bad lotIn the timeline, then, Darth Vader is leading the 501st Legion to the Jedi Temple, preparing to slaughter the remaining Jedi and Younglings within. The bad lot then it continues for a while after that, although probably only a couple of days at most. Revenge of the Sith It only takes place for four days, which means that at the end of the episode, it will likely be around the time of Vader’s duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar.
That might well rule out the appearance of the man once known as Anakin Skywalker in The bad lot. Vader suffers several serious injuries from his fight with Obi-Wan, knocking him out for at least a while: he must undergo surgery to replace his missing limbs and be placed in the suit that would sustain his life until the very end. . That means it is possible that, as The bad lot Season 1 progresses, Vader is still under medical supervision on Coruscant. If not, or if The bad lot The timeline coincides with the completion of his surgery, so he would go on a separate mission. After his surgery, Palpatine showed Vader the massive Jedi lightsaber burning that was taking place. He then informed him about how the Sith had red lightsabers and sent him to find one of his own. His quest to take a kyber crystal from a Jedi lightsaber, which could then bleed, led him to a desert world in the Mid Rim, then to the river moon of Al’doleem and the city of Am’balaar, where he ultimately killed the Jedi Kirak Infil’a and took his lightsaber.
The timeline of how long everything took isn’t a bit clear, but it’s not exactly the kind of work that gets done in one day. Vader then goes to Mustafar, and then returns to Coruscant, neither of which are places that Clone Force 99 is likely to visit, though it is possible that he could break away and follow more of Tarkin’s story, which would be more likely to bring to Vader. Hunter, Tech, and others head to the J-19 system, which is located in the Outer Rim, then there is considerable distance between them and Vader. Of course, there are also many loopholes in the canon, before you consider how willing Lucasfilm is to retreat with its own stories, that could lead to Vader having an encounter with Clone Force 99.
Similarly, Anakin’s voice actor Matt Lanter has teased a comeback. Star Wars project, so it’s also possible that there are flashbacks of Anakin, or that there is an encounter with Vader, though that would require breaking the mask if Lanter, not James Earl Jones, voices it. There is also the opportunity to play the long game with Vader, such as Star wars rebels did, which didn’t make him appear properly until the end of season 1, while also appearing as Vader in the final scene of The Clone Wars, which apparently takes place after the events of Star Wars: The Bad Lot. There is a lot of story to tell, so Darth Vader could still make his mark and, even if not in physical form, he is the kind of terrifying villain whose presence can be felt throughout the galaxy.
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