Whatever Happened to…Commander Cody?

2023 UPDATE: As of January 11, 2023, Cody has made an appearance in The Bad Batch season two, episode three “The Solitary Clone” and his fate continues to be left open. Since he can continue to show up in The Bad Batch and other media, I look forward to seeing more of this complex Clone Commander.

Even though Captain Rex has surpassed Cody in popularity among Star Wars fans who have seen The Clone Wars, the importance of Cody cannot be understated. Cody first appeared in Revenge of the Sith as General Kenobi’s commander in the Clone Wars. He is one of the few clones in the Prequel Trilogy who has a name. The time jump of three years from Episode II and III left little development for the clones and their relationship to their Jedi Generals, but Cody and Kenobi are the two most memorable duos because they are part of the first scene of Order 66. 

Commander Cody before he tries to shoot Obi-Wan in the back | credit Lucasfilm ltd.

During Revenge of the Sith and a battle against General Grievous’s forces, Commander Cody hands Kenobi his lightsaber, and all seems well. Then Palpatine gives the Order 66 command, and Cody shoots down Kenobi. At the moment of release, this was an odd series of events. Just having the clones obey commands without questioning and kill their Jedi Generals with a single sentence from Palpatine. The Clone Wars would give context to this and introduce inhibitor chips and the revelation that the clones had no say in whether to obey. It was like a switch. There are mixed feelings on this canon truth because the inhibitor chips border on a pass for the clones of responsibility for evil acts. 

But it is a part of the clones’ tragic narrative. Sifo-Dyas approached the Kaminoans to create a clone army for the Republic, but Sith sabotaged his attempt, murdered Dyas, and took over his cloning initiative for Palpatine’s nefarious plans. The clones have always been used as a means to an end, whether by the Republic or Sith. 

The Clone Wars introduced Captain Rex and Ahsoka and not only developed their relationship but built upon Anakin’s wavering ethos and opinions on the Jedi Order and the war. One could argue that The Clone Wars is Ahsoka and Rex’s story. Lost in this is the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Commander Cody and between Captain Rex and Commander Cody. And there are arcs involving both relationships in The Clone Wars

But Cody is the only clone that most Star Wars fans might recognize (Ahsoka has now gained recognition due to her live-action appearance on The Mandalorian, but Rex has still only lived in animation). It was never clear whether Obi-Wan learned about the inhibitor chips or if he just assumed that Cody betrayed him. 

In The Bad Batch, Rex is looking for clones when we see him again. He reunites with the Bad Batch and helps them get their inhibitor chips removed, then later in the season enlists them to rescue Gregor from an Imperial prison. In Rebels, he is living with Commander Wolffe and Gregor, and there is no mention from him of Commander Cody. The return of Temuera Morrison, the hiring of Shamook, and the news that Hayden Christenson will be in Ahsoka feel like a perfect storm to see clones return. And Commander Cody should be near the top of the list. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi 

Commander Cody and Obi-Wan had each others backs during The Clone Wars | credit Lucasfilm ltd.

Any appearance of Cody in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series would tie into his relationship with Obi-Wan, either through flashbacks or a present-day interaction. Both would require de-aging technology or deepfake technology. Lucasfilm now has access to both as they recently hired Shamook, the Youtube Deepfake sensation. Hayden Christensen will likely be de-aged in Ahsoka through flashbacks, and it is hard to imagine having Tameur Morrison only play Boba Fett when they can utilize him to bring back clones. 

Filoni is slowly bringing in his animated characters to live-action, which might include Rex. But bringing back Cody first could be more meaningful and complementary to Prequel storytelling. Filling in the gaps between Obi-Wan and Cody’s relationship from when they first meet in Attack of the Clones to Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith could present some fascinating parallels to Obi-Wan’s relationship with Anakin. Would Commander Cody have any regrets post-Order 66 like Captain Rex or PTSD like Commander Wolffe? 

Especially since the Empire begins to phase the clone soldiers out, Cody could be retired by the time the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi unfold. There is, of course, another way to fill in the gap for Commander Cody post-Order 66.  

The Bad Batch 

It’s hard to imagine Rex wouldn’t at least try to salvage a relationship with Cody | credit Lucasfilm ltd.

The Bad Batch is where I would bet on Cody showing up because this is the closest timeframe to The Clone Wars and Cody is more likely still alive. After season one, it feels like this show means to get inside the clones’ psych as they figure out their purpose after the Empire no longer needs them. While having Cody be in Obi-Wan Kenobi would be great, it would risk over-exposure for Temuera Morrison and present more questions that could just get answered in The Bad Batch. And at only six episodes, Obi-Wan Kenobi should focus on one conflict, THE conflict: Anakin/Darth Vader.  

The Bad Batch season two could have an arc focused on Commander Cody’s relationship with Captain Rex. Aside from Ahsoka and Anakin, Commander Cody was the closest to Captain Rex, and perhaps the closest brother. Something that was emphasized in the Bad Batch arc in season seven of The Clone Wars. Captain Rex thinks Echo, a former 501st squad member under his command, is still alive and confides this to Cody. Before he does, Rex laments about all the brothers they have lost. Cody adds that “regular folk don’t understand. Sometimes in war, it’s hard to be the one that survives.”

Based on what happens in Rebels (and The Bad Batch season one), we know that Rex is helping clones who have defied Imperial orders and are on the run, like the Bad Batch, or imprisoned like Gregor. How Rex and Gregor connect has been explained, but it is still a mystery how Rex found Commander Wolffe. Wolffe was not in Revenge of the Sith, but his unit was under the command of Jedi Master Plo Koon when they shot his ship out of the sky. It is assumed that, while not seen in live-action, Wolffe is around. In “The Lost Commanders” episode of Rebels, Wolffe has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and believes Kanan has come for revenge for Order 66. Captain Rex comforts Wolffe and tells him that Kanan and Ezra “weren’t the ones that betrayed us. Remember? Wolffe, remember?” 

This conversation does not imply guilt over carrying out Order 66, but an insistence that the Jedi did betray the Republic and, as an extension, the clones. Rex knows that the Jedi were not traitors but has chosen to indulge Wolffe’s paranoia. Rex claims that he and the others removed their chips and did not turn on their commanders, which is not entirely true. But Rex was under Ahsoka’s command during the Siege of Mandalore and did turn on her. Ahsoka did remove his chip in time for them to escape the rest of the clones, but he was trying to kill her before that. So Wolffe likely did turn on Plo Koon, even if he was not the clone to shoot him down. While Rex understands what genuinely happened and why during Order 66, it is implied in Rebels and The Bad Batch that post-Order 66, the clones still believed the Jedi betrayed the Republic.

Rex could have attempted to connect with Cody with less success. It is unclear what happened to any unit under a Jedi General after Order 66, except the 501st, which remained under Darth Vader’s command. The Bad Batch season one suggests that the series will explain what happened to the clones, and it is hard to imagine Commander Cody not factoring into the story somehow. 

There is also a possibility that Cody appears in both Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Bad Batch. Even though Filoni and Favreau are not involved with Kenobi in the day-to-day, the Disney Plus series a cohesion and connectivity between animation and live-action (Fennec Shand appearing in The MandalorianThe Bad Batch, and now The Book of Boba Fett). It is not a stretch in thinking other characters could weave in-between animation and live-action. Captain Rex is also a candidate to make a live-action appearance, having ties to Anakin and Ahsoka. 

In The Clone Wars episode, “The Hidden Enemy” (Season One, Episode 16), Commander Cody and Captain Rex are shocked to learn that a clone has betrayed them, giving information to the Separatists. This betrayal stays with Cody, and he brings it up in the novel Dark Disciple near the end of the Clone Wars as a reference to Quinlan Vos’s betrayal: 

“It’s always a shocker when one of your own betrays you. We clones had a similar situation a couple of years back. One of our men, Slick, turned against us. He was working with the enemy. Said he loved his brothers, but he was selling information to Ventress and sabotaging our supplies… doing things that could end up getting a lot of those brothers killed. Funny way of showing love, if you ask me.” 

Christie Golden. Star Wars: Dark Disciple. Del Rey Publishing.

The commander then noted he would almost prefer a friend be seduced to the dark side than be a simple traitor. One wonders how Commander Cody would view himself after some time has passed from Order 66. Would he still consider the Jedi traitors? Or would Cody recognize his part to play in their downfall and the rise of the Galactic Empire? Would he carry guilt like Commander Wolffe?  

These are all questions worth exploring, especially for a clone that is the most familiar to Star Wars film viewers. Commander Cody has some unfinished business in Star Wars, and this could be the year we get some answers.  

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