- "Some of the characters that we have created for the show will meet their destinies."
- ―Dave Filoni
The galaxy's conflicts reach critical levels of danger as the shadow of the Dark Side looms. A Rebellion is born as freedom fighters battle for justice on the Separatist-held planet of Onderon. A group of Jedi younglings' new strengths are tested by pirates. Seeking revenge, the ruthless Darth Maul comes face to face with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ahsoka Tano's loyalty to the Jedi is challenged when she must prove her innocence for a crime she didn't commit.
While it was thought by many, including Hasbro, that this would be the final season of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni stated multiple times that scripts and designs for Season 6 were in development. While The Clone Wars was canceled after this season, four individual arcs of the following season were finished and released.
The fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted with "Revival" on September 29, 2012 on Cartoon Network, followed by weekly airings occurring on Saturdays. It went on mid-season break after "A Sunny Day in the Void" on December 8, 2012.
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- "There’s a lot of payoff coming. I think people are going to see ways ‘The Clone Wars’ ties together more and more with ‘A New Hope.’ We’re setting up elements that eventually become the Empire."
- ―Dave Filoni
- Hasbro's Join the Jedi website held a contest in late 2011 in which fans could upload a video of themselves showing off their "best lightsaber move". The winning move—Petro's "Whirlwind of Destiny"—made an appearance in the episode, "A Test of Strength".
- In the trivia gallery for Deception, a comment states: "This will not be the last time you see the two working together..." referring to Cad Bane and Boba Fett's collaborative efforts to break out of the Republic Detention Center. This originally implied that the two would make appearances in Season 5 until Dave Filoni confirmed at Comic-Con that Fett would not be in the season.
- Season 5 was the first season that did not feature an hour-long season premiere due to its new timeslot.
- The titles of the last four episodes of Season 5 were all based on Alfred Hitchcock movies.
- Season 5's order of episodes was changed frequently as it progressed. The magazine, Star Wars Insider, issue 137, listed the original order through episode 15, which was later revised. In addition, the story arc pertaining to Rush Clovis was moved to the following season.
- Main article: Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Five
Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Five is a two-disc Blu-ray/three-disc DVD box set released on October 15, 2013. It includes:
- 20 adventure-packed episodes
- Video commentary on each episode
- Exclusive to Blu-ray for a limited time: Jedi Temple Archives: Extensive database of early test animation, concept art and 3D turnarounds
- Deception trivia gallery (image 11/11)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Looking Back at Season 4
- Dave Filoni's Facebook Wall
- 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 5 trailer: Darth Maul, Death Watch battle over the galaxy -- EXCLUSIVE
- The Clone Wars S5 At SW Weekends 2012 - TheForce.net
- SDCC 2012 The Clone Wars Panel
- Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy Book Leak
- STAR WARS Celebration VI: The Clone Wars Season 5 Preview
- Battle of Onderon clip