Mandalorian Chapter 13 introduces a highly anticipated Jedi character


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This week’s episode of The Mandalorian wastes no time revealing her special guest and confirming season two’s most defining casting decision. It’s also, potentially, the most crucial episode overall as Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) draws closer to the Force and a Star Warsbest-established television history. So let’s dive in and see what the Mandalorian’s last reunion could mean for his journey and the galaxy.

The following contains spoilers on The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episode 5, “Chapter 13: The Jedi.” Stop here if you haven’t watched the episode.

Bo-Katan Kryze put the Mandalorian in Jedi Ahsoka Tano’s path

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Receiving advice from Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) in Chapter 11, Djarin began a journey to the planet Corvus in the hope that a Jedi named Ahsoka Tano could help him in his quest to reunite the child with his people. But as the Razor crest was badly damaged, he made a pit stop on Nevarro for repairs in Chapter 12. While there, he helped Greef Carga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano) attack an Imperial Remnant base , where he learned Moff Gideon Esposito) is still alive and conducting experiments with the child’s blood.

Chapter 13 briefly introduces Ahsoka Tano

Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian Chapter 13

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On Corvus, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) is locked in a fight against Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto), a Clone Wars profiteer with information the Jedi Exile desperately needs. Unfortunately, Elsbeth, a magistrate, holds the entire city of Calodan under his control, rendering Ahsoka’s usual plan of attack unviable.

When Djarin arrives on Corvus, Elsbeth immediately hires him to kill Ahsoka; of course, he has no intention of fulfilling the contract as he brought up the situation in Calodan and needs the Jedi’s help with the child.

While pursuing Ahsoka to the burnt forest outside the city walls, the two immediately fight, but a mention of Bo-Katan gives Ahoska a reason to listen to the Mandalorian. Seeing the child, however, his attention is influenced. The two meditate and, finally, Djarin learns that the Child has a name: Grogu. He also learns some key elements of his story. Djarin asks for her help in training the child in the Jedi arts, but she refuses. However, he manages to secure a good deal: he will assist her raid on Calodan if she wants to train Grogu.

Pedro Pascal and Diana Lee Inosanto in Chapter 13 of the Mandalorian

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Ahsoka arrives in town faking Djarin’s defeat with his lightsaber. She also takes out a number of Elsbeth’s guards on her own. But as the fight heads to the rooftops, Elsbeth orders the execution of her prisoners and the townspeople. Fortunately, Djarin arrives via jetpack to stop the killings. He also corner Lang (Micheal Biehn), Elsbeth’s main mercenary.

Meanwhile, on the magistrate’s estate, Ahsoka fights Elsbeth, who wields a Beskar spear. Although she holds herself up for a bit, Elsbeth ultimately falls short of Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice. And as it turns out, vital information for Ahsoka is the location of Elsbeth’s master, Grand Admiral Thrawn.

With Elsbeth’s regime overthrown, Djarin returns to Razor crest to prepare Gorgu for his training and say goodbye to him. But Djarin allows the child to sleep, and Ahsoka walks over to the ship and says, once again, that she cannot train him. Instead, she suggests taking him to the ruins of a Jedi temple on Tython, where Grogu can choose his own fate and contact a Jedi better suited for an apprentice.

Once again, the fulcrum

Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian Chapter 13

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While Ahsoka is the most important guest character to appear The Mandalorian, Djarin and Grogu have managed to become prominent guests in Ahsoka’s continuing history and, in a way, in Star Wars Rebels.

In the final moments of this series, Ahsoka returned to the planet Lothal to tell Mandalorian Sabine Wren that the time had come to reunite with their lost comrade, Ezra Bridger. The young Jedi disappeared alongside Grand Admiral Thrawn during the liberation of Lothal, a confrontation that took place shortly before the Battle of Yavin.

Four years after their reunion on Lothal, it is not known if Ahsoka and Sabine have ever reunited with Ezra. His quest to find Thrawn could mean a number of things. If he’s active in the galaxy again, it’s possible Ezra has already been found and that’s part of the aftermath. Alternatively, the couple might still be looking for their friend after all this time.

If the research ended in tragedy, that may explain some cruelty on Ahsoka’s part. As played by Dawson, the character is surprisingly vicious when he sends out Elsbeth’s minions and, apparently, Elsbeth herself. Ahsoka’s path doesn’t exactly follow the Jedi Code, of course – she left the Order during the Clone Wars – and it’s easy to see how she could be as fearsome as her former master.

Also, Djarin meets a surprisingly dark Ahsoka. This contrasts with the character voiced by Ashley Eckstein, who voiced Ahsoka throughout Clone Wars and his various appearances on Star Wars Rebels. Although the character has gone through dark times on these shows, she still retained a youthful glow that is completely lacking here – even when she’s thrilled to meet Grogu. At the same time, however, it makes perfect sense for Djarin to encounter a darker version of her, as she’s a guest character here and, really, Jedi should be terrifying.

The child in The Mandalorian (Disney +)

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Speaking of the kid (we’re giving up capitalization now that he has a name), we learned a few key details about his past. He was raised in the Jedi Temple of Coruscant and began his training sometime before or during the Clone Wars. Hidden after the fall of the Old Republic, his memories of the next two decades become hazy.

This new information rewrites our perception of Grogu because he is not quite the child we assumed he was. Although the young were brought to the Order very early in their lives – Ahsoka herself was only 3 years old when she started training – the longevity of the Yoda species led us to believe that Grogu, 50, was still, essentially, a newborn. But if the Jedi judged him old enough to be formed, he has some understanding of the galaxy in the broadest sense and its place in it.

We also believe he plays childlike innocence as a defense mechanism, much like Ahsoka’s suggestion that he hides his powers in order to survive.

Back on the rumor front, Dawson has long been associated with Ahsoka and it turned out to be correct. Biehn, meanwhile, ended up playing a much more minor character than anyone guessed. However, we did notice that early reports of his involvement indicated he would be playing a bounty hunter. A mercenary is not far from that, so those early reports were also more or less true; that said, we would have liked to see him in a more pivotal role.

With the conclusion of this episode, nearly all believable rumors have been resolved and just about everything that was planned for the season has come true. This means that next week’s episode will be something fresh and surprising. However, one wonders if the established pace of the season means another detour before reaching Tython. In this case, the planet is nestled in the deep core, so it will be necessary Razor crest a little time to get there.

Questions for the Jedi

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As we reflect on how light-speed travel will affect the pace of the show, there are other questions to consider. Now that the Jedi have invaded The Mandalorian, it’s time to think about another key Star wars characters.

Where is Sabine Wren? Is she still looking for Ezra or has she found him? If things go wrong, is she looking for Thrawn as well? And, perhaps more importantly, will Djarin’s trip put him in touch with her? Presumably, she will want to be part of Bo-Katan’s liberation force. As long as Sabine is still alive, of course.

Has Ahsoka contacted Luke Skywalker? Although we are happy to never see a Skywalker appear The Mandalorian, you would think Ahsoka would contact him and offer him advice on rebuilding the Order. Then again, given Luke’s disastrous attempt to rebuild the Jedi, perhaps their conversation was unhappy. He may be the Jedi she alluded to in her farewell words with Djarin, but his background suggests he’s not the person to teach Grogu.

Is Ezra destined to teach Grogu? Considering The Mandalorian Wanders around Dave Filoni’s quadrant of the galaxy, it’s possible that Ezra is best suited to help the child. He may also be one of the mentioned Ahsoka Jedi and his journey to become one – recounted in Rebels – makes him a much better candidate than Luke. Certainly, we still prefer the Jedi with more shades of gray to their philosophy than the absolutism taught to Luke. Additionally, we assume that Grogu will want to be a Jedi. Visiting Tython may show him another way forward.

Is Grogu related to Yoda? Now that we know he was in the Jedi Temple, the question must be asked. Given the paucity of examples of Yoda species – Ahoska apparently never met Jedi Master Yaddle, who left the council before the Clone Wars – a direct relationship between Grogu and Yoda is likely. Additionally, the species’ longevity and high midi-chlorian count suggest that it may be more directly related to the will of the Force than anyone suspects. Once again, we turn to Tython with the hope that his connection to the Force will shed more light. The Mandalorianmysteries of.

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