Will The Mandalorian Season 2 Reveal Yoda’s Home Planet?
The Mandalorian immediately made its mark on the Star Wars franchise with the introduction of The Child. Or, as 99% of the Internet prefers, Baby Yoda. Season 1 mostly revolved around Mando’s struggle to protect Baby Yoda from the Imperial Remnant and rival bounty hunters. And it seems that quest will continue to fuel Season 2’s plot.
Mando’s brief reunion with the Armorer basically sets the stage for Season 2. Though the immediate threat to baby Yoda’s life is handled, this young critter’s life is now Mando’s responsibility. Until he tracks down Baby Yoda’s true home, Din Djarik must raise the child as he himself was once raised by the Mandalorians, as a foundling.
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We expect the hunt for baby Yoda’s home planet will play out over the course of Season 2 (or perhaps the entire series). That quest gives the show an excuse to travel among numerous worlds and introduce new allies and enemies, while leaving room for characters like Cara Dune and Greef Karga to return. Through it all, there’s the promise of some long-awaited revelations about Baby Yoda’s mysterious race. That’s always been one corner of the Star Wars franchise off-limits to storytellers. What species do Yoda, Yaddle, and baby Yoda hail from? Where is their home? Why is it that seemingly every member of their race is powerful in the Force?
We’re hoping for answers to those questions, as well as any potential blood relation between Yoda and Baby Yoda. Additionally, we’re hoping for more insight into how the Empire’s obsession with this child might play into the return of Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker. Now that Episode IX has actually been released, hopefully The Mandalorian will have more freedom to connect to the events of the sequel trilogy.
Will The Mandalorian Explore The Fate of Mandalore in Season 2?
The status quo of the planet Mandalore during the time period of The Mandalorian continues to be a mystery. That world factors heavily into the final season of Star Wars Rebels, where Sabine Wren liberates Mandalore from Imperial rule and passes the ceremonial Darksaber to Bo-Katan Kryze. At that point, it seems as though Mandalore can finally look forward to a brighter, more independent future.But Season 1 of The Mandalorian suggests that’s anything but the case, especially with the reveal that Moff Gideon is now in possession of the Darksaber. Between that and allusions to the Empire’s “purge” of Mandalore, we can only assume the planet suffered a major Imperial retaliation after the final season of Rebels.
We’re hopeful Season 2 will devote more time to exploring the current state of Mandalore and its people after the end of the Galactic Civil War. How many Mandalorians truly remain alive? What happened to their home planet? Has the New Republic done anything to revitalize a world ravaged by decades of war and rebellion? Much like Din Djarik himself was at the beginning of the series, Mandalore is a blank canvas just begging to be fleshed out.
Who Approached Fennec Shand at the End of The Mandalorian Episode 5?
Apart from Moff Gideon’s death-defying escape from the TIE Fighter, the biggest loose end from Season 1 is easily the fate of Fennec Shand. Episode 5 introduced Ming-Na Wen’s deadly assassin, with Shand ultimately being shot and left for dead in the Tatooine desert. However, the episode ends with her lifeless body being approached by a mysterious figure.
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We have to assume Season 2 will follow up on this lingering mystery. Is Shand actually dead? Who was that mysterious figure at the end of episode 5, and what did they want with her? The black boots and cape suggests this could be Moff Gideon, though some fans are convinced it’s Boba Fett gathering a revenge posse. Whatever the case, there’s surely an interesting story to be told here.
Will The Mandalorian See the Return of Star Wars Rebels?
The return of the Darksaber has us wondering what other connections The Mandalorian might forge with other Star Wars projects in future seasons. It certainly opens the door for certain characters from Star Wars Rebels to make their live-action debuts. Will we see what happened to Bo-Katan and learn how the Darksaber fell into Gideon’s hands? What about Sabine? How has she reacted to the tragic fate of Mandalore?
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The potential is there for The Mandalorian to act as the Rebels followup fans have been waiting for since 2017. That series wrapped on a fairly open-ended note, with Jedi trainee Ezra Bridger dragged to the far end of the galaxy and his friends rallying to track him down. The natural assumption was that Lucasfilm was planning a new animated series that would continue Ezra, Sabine, Ahsoka Tano and Hera Syndulla’s stories after the original trilogy era. But what if those characters instead return on The Mandalorian in live-action form?It certainly makes sense to mingle Din Djarik’s story with that of Sabine. And we certainly wouldn’t say no to Grand Admiral Thrawn making his live-action debut and taking charge of the shattered Empire.
With producer Dave Filoni heavily involved in both Rebels and The Mandalorian, it seems all the more fitting to combine these stories. If there’s anything we’d like to see in Season 2, it’s a stronger connection between The Mandalorian and the rest of the Star Wars franchise.
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