It’s been almost a year since Disney+ was released to the public, along with its flagship original show “The Mandalorian.” Since then, the show has become a cultural phenomenon by finally giving fans a universally loved Star Wars story along with one of the most meme-worthy characters of all time. With Season 2 set to premiere this Friday, let’s take a look at what fans can expect from the latest adventures of Mando and The Child.
Moff Gideon and the Darksaber
The moment that left fans in awe at the end of season one was the reveal that Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) was in possession of the Darksaber. For those without knowledge of the more obscure corners of the Star Wars universe, the Darksaber was a special weapon created by Tarre Vizsla: the first Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order. It was then passed down and held as an important artifact for the Mandalorian people. The last known possessor of the Darksaber was Bo-Katan Kryze, who was given the weapon to lead the Mandalorians against the Empire.
Most of the Darksaber mythology comes from the animated “The Clone Wars” television show (available to watch on Disney+). Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” is set to feature several direct connections to “The Clone Wars,” so expect to find out how Moff Gideon, a high-level officer of the Empire, ended up in possession of the Darksaber years after the events of the fan-favorite, animated show.
The Child’s connection to the Force and future as a Mandalorian
It would not be a good Star Wars story without a connection to the Force. It was revealed in season one that The Child (AKA Baby Yoda) was rather powerful with the Force, even though he is not adequately trained. Season one ended with Mando taking The Child fully under his wing, so a Mandalorian with a strong connection to the Force would make Baby Yoda quite the successor for the Darksaber.
According to the recent trailers, season two will feature Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) and The Child (Baby Yoda) searching for the remaining Jedi in the universe. The Child may be pulled between the two religious orders and forced to choose either this season or in a future season. The full introduction of the Jedi in “The Mandalorian” means an exciting future for both the show and the entire Star Wars universe.
Ahsoka Tano and connecting animation and live-action
The future of “The Mandalorian” seems to be connecting all of the former Star Wars animated television shows to live-action. Since both “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” are official canon in the Star Wars universe, many characters and plot points are expected to interconnect the shows.
One of the most anticipated crossovers is the fan-favorite character, Ahsoka Tano. For those unfamiliar with the animated shows, Ahsoka is a powerful Jedi with a deep connection to the Force and Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader). Her live-action counterpart will be played by Rosario Dawson, a casting that fans have been pushing for a while. Ahsoka’s inclusion points to a strong presence from the Jedi Order for the future of the show.
Boba Fett and the Mysterious Character
One of the biggest teases in season one came at the end of episode five, “The Gunslinger.” After her death at the hands of wannabe bounty hunter Toro Calican (Jake Cannavale), a mysterious figure walks upon the body of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). The audience only sees the lower half of this character as he inspects Shand’s body.
There is no official confirmation as to who this mysterious character is, but speculation has determined that fan-favorite Mandalorian character Boba Fett will make his return in the show. Since “The Mandalorian” takes place several years after Boba Fett’s apparent death in “Return of the Jedi,” the show would be a great place to bring back a character that most fans never believed was dead in the first place.