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Baby Yoda has a name, who is Ahsoka and some more mysteries in ‘The Mandalorian’

The galaxy far, far away that George Lucas created more than 40 years ago continues to expand. When it seemed that the end of an era could come with the closing in theaters of the new (and criticized) Disney trilogy, the company has shown that through television the universe of ‘Star Wars’ can be infinite and, again , praised and loved. He has achieved it with The Mandalorian and with the final installment of the animated series The Clone Wars. Two products that are related to Dave Filoni, popularly known as Lucas’s godson, the man destined to make Star Wars the phenomenon he is for eons. The Mandalorian —created by Jon Favreau, but with a lot of Filoni hand — is in its second season a constant tribute to Lucas’s original work, a perfect link between the three trilogies (and three generations that discovered Star Wars in different ways), and a host of references, characters and plots that Filoni has already explored in the excellent animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels.

From here, the reader can find spoilers from the new season of The Mandalorian, those famous spoilers that are increasingly difficult to avoid on social networks, WhatsApp chats or conversations with friends. We review as a guide for the less initiated (one of the reasons for the success of the Disney + series is that it also works for those who do not know Star Wars) the references of the second season, starting with the fact that the child’s name has been revealed, known as Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda is called …

One of the mysteries of the series, the story and the name of Baby Yoda, begins to be solved in the middle of the second season of The Mandalorian. In the chapter The Jedi it is revealed that his real name is Grogu. The question arises as to whether someone will call him that from now on after the triumph of the Baby Yoda brand. And his story is linked to the trilogy of episodes one to three: it is revealed that he lived on the planet Coruscant (where the capital of the Republic and later the empire was located), that he was trained in the Jedi temple by « many teachers ”and that when the coup (and the Jedi massacre) took place that elevated Palpatine to power, someone (who is not named) took him away. And as time (and his youth) passes, his memories (including how to use the powers of the force) are blurred by the traumatic experience. This whole story suggests that in its day, many years before what was told in the series, Baby Yoda and Master Yoda crossed their paths … With the story of Grogu – it is strange to call him that – it is also linked in the series with the origins of Darth Vader and the path to the dark side of Anakin Skywalker.

Ahsoka tano

Perhaps watching the fifth episode of the second season of The Mandalorian is the first time you hear (and see) Ahsoka Tano (here played by Rosario Dawson), but she is a character with a long journey in the Star Wars universe. And one of the most loved. In the series she appears when she is around 45 years old, but her story began in the Clone Wars when she was 14 years old, being Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan apprentice. The fall into the dark side of his master and the involvement of the Jedi in the war (he considers that they have to be guardians of the peace) lead him to leave the Jedi order and seek his own path. He appears again in Rebels, this time in his thirties and with a mission (which we do not reveal here). The voice of Ashley Eckstein, who played her in animation, even had a cinematic cameo at the end of Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker, as one of the Jedi who led with Rey. What has happened between Rebels and The Mandalorian could well have its own series, and it would not be surprising if Disney soon announced a fiction starring it …

Mandalore

Although there are many rumors about where The Mandalorian is going and its possible connections with the movie The Rise of Skywalker, the story that for the moment weaves the plot of the series is more focused on what happened on the planet Mandalore with the Galactic Empire and after the fall for this. Mandalore is a territory explored in video games, comics and the Filoni series. It could be said that the Mandalorians are his specialty and that he has been one of those who has expanded his history the most. The black saber that appeared at the end of the first season of The Mandalorian belonged to the Mandalorians, so there is another story to tell in the series: how did it get into the hands of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito)? Another aspect that has caught the attention of viewers this week, how is it possible that a metal (the beskar of the Mandalorian’s armor) could be worth to stop a lightsaber? Again the origin is in the Clone Wars series: it is an alloy used by the Mandalorians in their confrontations against the Jedi and that was later used by the character of Sabine Wren (write down her name, this character would be strange if she does not end up appearing in the series) to create a weapon. The Mandalorian Bo-Katan, who appeared in the third chapter of the second season, also has its origin in Clone Wars. Even in live action she is played by the same actress (Katee Sackhoff, Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica) who voiced her in the animated series.

Grand Admiral Thrawn

The fifth chapter ends with an important mention. Where is Admiral Thrawn? He was one of the most important characters, and great villain, of the Heirs to the Empire book trilogy in the 1990s written by Timothy Zahn (who continued to write about him in other volumes and where there was talk of cloning Emperor Palpatine … ) and that in its day gave rise to rumors that a new film trilogy (before episodes I to III) could be based on them. Filoni got it back in Rebels and will be one of the star appearances in The Mandalorian. In the animated series he was played by Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (a regular on series such as Borgen, House of Cards, Sherlock and The Witcher), and in the summer it was already rumored that he would repeat himself in live action painting himself blue.

Force-Sensitive Imperial Soldiers

In The Rise of Skywalker it is said that one of its characters Finn, a former Imperial soldier of the First Order, is sensitive to the Force. This may also be related to part of the plot of The Mandalorian, when at the end of the fourth chapter Moff Gideon is seen with some imperial soldiers in black armor and that are probably related to the interest of the villains in Baby … in Grogu and his powers. These soldiers, known as Dark Troopers, if that is what they are (they could also be droids of human origin … clones … we’ll see …), they are not the invention of Filoni or Disney, but that already appeared in some video games like Dark Forces. Thought to fight warriors like the Jedi (remember that in the galaxy at the time of the series Luke Skywalker is one of the great heroes of the New Republic and there is Ahsoka Tano somewhere) could be force sensitive.

Boba fett

Many uninitiated in Star Wars stayed at the end of the first chapter of the second season without knowing exactly what a character that appeared briefly in the last seconds was coming to. He is played by Temura Morrison, who is the actor who played the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Episode II: Attack of the Clones and, yes, father of that clone that would become Boba Fett, the Mandalorian who is wanted in that chapter. initial this year. When will the Mandalorian reappear? It will? Or is it a way to reintroduce the character (supposedly passed away in Return of the Jedi) into the galaxy and give him a series of his own in this galactic Disney expansion? What if it’s another of the clones that became famous in The Clone Wars?