The following article contains spoilers for The Bad Batch episode 15: Return to Kamino.
In the first of the two-part finale, Crosshair takes Hunter, who is still a prisoner, back to Kamino. He takes Hunter’s comm device and plans to use it to lure the rest of the squad to follow them.
Having landed back on Ord Mantell, the team are making repairs to the ship. Omega is anxious to rescue Hunter, but Echo reminds her that they can’t go anywhere until the repairs have been completed. As Tech gets the system back online, Wrecker returns and says that he left the injured Gregor with Cid. Before the team can plan to return to Daro, Tech picks up on Hunter’s comm being reactivated. Despite knowing it’s a trap, they follow.
With the Empire still occupying Kamino, Omega is able to give the team a covert way in. Growing up working with Nala Se, she knows the location of secret Kaminoan labs and a landing pad. Armed with that knowledge, the team infiltrate the base covertly. Meanwhile, Hunter is still being held captive by Crosshair and his elite squad. Crosshair makes a cutting remark about his team leaving him behind. Hunter says that they had no choice, to which he responds “and I did?” suggesting that he knows about the inhibitor chip’s influence.
When the rescue team reach Nala Se’s private lab, Omega informs them that it’s where she and the rest of Clone Force 99 were created. Omega is also reunited with her old droid ally AZ, who was hiding in the lab to avoid being deactivated. From the droid, they learn that the Kamino facility is being decommissioned.
The Bad Batch follows Hunter’s signal to the area beneath the training room. Tech suggests that using the lift rather than the main entrance will give them a strategic advantage. But, Crosshair anticipates their move and has his troops surrounding the lift. Luckily, Omega and AZ stayed behind so they’re able to send her a signal warning her that they’ve been caught. She hatches her own plan to rescue the team.
In the training room, Crosshair states that if he wanted The Bad Batch dead then they would be. He once again shows how betrayed he felt by his brothers leaving him behind. But, he says he still wants to give them a chance. He releases Hunter and asks him and the others to join him and fight for the Empire as brothers, just like they used to. Hunter asks why they should trust him and Crosshair orders his troops to stand down. But, they refuse. Crosshair then proves himself by killing his Elite Squad.
Omega activates the training droids to provide a distraction and The Bad Batch, including Crosshair, launch into action. Hunter and Crosshair fight one another, but come to work together when the droids overwhelm them. A surviving member of Crosshair’s Elite Squad witnesses this and leaves the facility, informing Admiral Rampart of the situation. Rampart says to pull remaining forces out and leave the clones to die together.
An Explosive Ending
Admiral Rampart contacts Tarkin and informs him that all essential personnel have left Kamino. He’s then given the order to “fire when ready.”
Once the training room is clear of droids, Hunter tells Crosshair to forget the Empire and blames the inhibitor chip for his misplaced loyalty. However, Crosshair states that he had already his chip removed and after a tense standoff, Hunter is able to stun Crosshair.
Tech tells the team that the Empire is preparing to destroy the city. This time, they refuse to leave Crosshair behind and Wrecker carries him out. As they make their escape back to their ship, Rampart fires on the city and the empty cloning facility is destroyed. The episode ends on a clifhanger with The Bad Batch’s exit route being blocked.
Next week is the season finale, which means we’ll have to wait to discover the fate of the team. However, The Bad Batch has been renewed for season 2, which means we can expect most, if not all, of them to survive.
The Bad Batch premieres every Friday on Disney+