After a 12 months of season 1 hints and casting teases, all of it got here collectively this week in the new episode of The Mandalorian, which has shortly was a live-action sequel to Dave Filoni’s Clone Wars and Rebels animated collection.
The two reveals technically have extra canon screentime than all the opposite films mixed, and so they have created fan-favorite characters that everybody is dropping their minds to see rendered in actual life in The Mandalorian.
So, listed below are the essential parts that it is advisable learn about, or as a refresher for the place we final left them:
Bo-Katan: We met Bo-Katan this week, performed by the identical actress who voiced her in Clone Wars, Katee Sackhoff. She had an extended arc the place Darth Maul and Governor Pre Vizla took over Mandalore, and Bo-Katan was pressured to contact Obi-Wan for assist. This went mistaken when Obi-Wan was captured and Maul killed Bo-Katan’s sister, Satine, however she managed to free Obi-Wan. After he left she managed to steer a resistance till the Republic laid siege to Mandalore and drove Maul away.
But…as soon as the Galactic Empire took over, this threw Mandalore right into a civil battle. This led right into a Rebels storyline, the opposite present, the place she was discovered by Sabine Wren, the primary Mandalorian for that collection, who had possession of the Darksaber, the famed Mandalorian weapon that’s used to indicate who was worthy to rule Mandalore. They believed Bo-Katan was that worthy warrior, and final we knew, she was in possession of it.
Something clearly occurred, nevertheless, which is how we get the place we’re in the present day. While the unique Star Wars trilogy was occurring, evidently one thing dangerous happened on Mandalore which allowed Moff Gideon to come back into possession of the Darksaber and oust Bo-Katan. We don’t know what that’s, and if we’ll study the specifics this season, however this is the reason she’s looking for each him and the weapon, and more likely to get revenge for no matter he did again dwelling.
Ahsoka Tano: We haven’t seen Ahsoka but, however Bo-Katan name-dropped her as her Jedi contact, so a while within the subsequent few episodes, we must always meet her. She shall be performed by Rosario Dawson, not the identical voice actress because the present (Ashley Eckstein) however somebody who seems extra like an aged model of Ahsoka may.
Ahsoka’s full story is method, method too lengthy to totally element right here, because it spans all seasons of Clone Wars and a part of Rebels. She was Anakin’s Skywalker’s padawan, and finally was pressured to sq. off in opposition to him when he grew to become Vader. The temple they have been in collapsed, and she or he was presumed useless, however she was pulled right into a “pressure dimension” by Rebels’ Ezra Bridger. After the occasions of the unique trilogy, Ahsoka was final seen making an attempt to assist Sabine Wren discover Ezra, who had gone lacking by the tip of Rebels.
So, what does all this imply?
An essential level goes to be to determine what Moff Gideon did to Mandalore. That’s an extremely key improvement, particularly for our central Mandalorian, and I might be amazed if he didn’t get immediately concerned in that battle, given his want to assist his folks and his historical past with Moff Gideon.
As for Ahsoka, if it’s 100% confirmed she’s going to be within the present, that has me questioning what the standing of her quest to search out Ezra with Sabine could be. Sabine looks like a probable candidate to point out up within the collection resulting from the truth that she’s one other excessive profile Mandalorian and we have already got two important animated characters on board. Ezra too could seem, if they’ve discovered him, or if Mando will get concerned within the quest to discover him.
Exciting occasions for Star Wars followers, as what’s occurring now certain feels extra vital and essential than something that got here out of the brand new trilogy. Stay tuned for subsequent week.