How The Mandalorian's New Character Introduction Could Lead To Major Star Wars Rebels Reveals
Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Episode 3 of The Mandalorian Season 2 and the events of Star Wars Rebels.
The second season of The Mandalorian is in full swing on Disney+, and the latest episode dove right back into the overall mythology of the series as Mando encountered other Mandalorians on his quest to return Baby Yoda to his people. One of those Mandalorians was none other than Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan Kryze, marking the character's live-action debut and first appearance in the Star Wars timeline since the final season of Star Wars Rebels, which ended back in 2018. Now, thanks to information from Bo-Katan, The Mandalorian could deliver some major Rebels reveals.
After Mando helped Bo-Katan and her comrades (including one played by WWE star Sasha Banks), she explained where he could find a Jedi to help him on the next stage of his quest: Ahsoka Tano can be found in the city of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus, and Mando was instructed to tell Ahsoka that Bo-Katan had sent him. So, what does this mean for fans of Star Wars Rebels and Mandalorian fans who might want to expand their knowledge of the Star Wars universe?
Well, if the appearances of Bo-Katan and Ahsoka hadn't been revealed over the hiatus ahead of Season 2, then the episode would have at the very least confirmed that both characters survived the span of time between the original trilogy and when The Mandalorian picked up five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The big reveals that could be on the way center on Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren.
The biggest cliffhanger at the end of Star Wars Rebels was Ahsoka and Sabine heading off on a mission to locate Ezra Bridger, who was still missing after jumping off into the unknown shortly before the events of Rogue One, which combined with a big death to explain why Luke was the only Jedi running around the Rebellion during the original trilogy. Finding Ezra was all but played as Ahsoka and Sabine's destiny, and I for one didn't get the impression that they would quit until they succeeded.
Based on Bo-Katan's instructions to Mando, it sounds like Ahsoka is based out of Calodan on Corvus rather than just stopping there as part of an ongoing quest of her own, which I take to mean that she completed her quest to find Ezra. With this latest episode dropping all kinds of references and picking up on plots from the animated series, it's definitely not out of the question that Ahsoka could fill in the blanks on Ezra's fate, which presumably would also mean filling in some blanks on what happened to Sabine.
Ideally, The Mandalorian would introduce live-action versions of Ezra and Sabine or at least leave the door open for them to appear in a third season (or spinoff), but I'd settle for answers on what happened to the two characters who came of age during the four seasons of Star Wars Rebels. Of course, given that this is The Mandalorian, it's not out of the realm of possibility that one or both characters were killed off (or seemingly killed off), even if that wouldn't have ever happened on Rebels.
Ezra could make sense for at least a one-off appearance, but Sabine could arguably fit into the overall plot of The Mandalorian if she's still alive. Bo-Katan's mission is to gain back the Darksaber, retake Mandalore, and take her place on the throne, and Sabine could be instrumental to that. The Purge may mean bad things for Sabine's family, so she might have a lot of motivation to pitch in. Besides, Star Wars managed to keep Baby Yoda a secret. Who's to say The Mandalorian couldn't keep Ezra and/or Sabine a secret?
For now, though, my money is on at least some answers to some Rebels questions coming with Ahsoka's appearance in The Mandalorian. Find out what's next for Mando and Baby Yoda on their quest with new episodes of The Mandalorian (opens in new tab), releasing Fridays at 12:01 a.m. PT on Disney+. There's plenty of other Star Wars content available on the streamer, and our 2021 winter and midseason premiere schedule can point you toward some TV options once Season 2 of The Mandalorian comes to an end.
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