What to Expect Going into Mandalorian Season 2

    Last year, the first season of The Mandalorian blew fans away with its pulpy, gritty take on the Star Wars galaxy. Despite the leading man being a faceless stranger, Pedro Pascal played him with heart and pathos that could be seen through his impassive armor. The show’s real heart, of course, is The Child, known to the internet as Baby Yoda.

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    Season two of the mega-popular Star Wars show is set to premiere at the end of this month on Disney Plus. A trailer has already surfaced, with the Armorsmith telling our hero that he needs to return The Child to his real people. In the trailer, she describes the Jedi as an “order of sorcerers” who once warred with Mandalore.

    Potential Returns

    If you aren’t caught up on the first season, this is your spoiler warning. The same goes for the fourth season of Star Wars: Rebels, a show that is likely to be referenced often this season.

    In the final episode of the first season of the Mandalorian, Grand Moff Gideon carved his way out of his downed TIE fighter using a striking lightsaber. The black lightsaber isn’t just a cool-looking sword the imperial agent wields: it’s the Darksaber, a legendary weapon in Mandalorian and Jedi history. The first (and so far only) Mandalorian to join the Jedi order forged the Darksaber.

    It was first seen by audiences in 2008 series The Clone Wars, where it was wielded by Pre Viszla, an evil Mandalorian warlord. Later, he was defeated by Darth Maul (he survived Episode 1, it’s a long story), and Maul carried the blade and used it to rule Mandalore for a time.

    Star Wars Rebels

    During the events of Rebels, young Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren stole the Darksaber back from Maul and wielded it while helping liberate her home from the Empire. Later, she gave the blade to Bo-Katan Kryze, sister of the slain Duchess of Mandalore, Satine. The last time audiences saw it, the blade was in Bo-Katan’s capable hands as she led Mandalore against the Empire.

    However, since Moff Gideon has the blade, we have to assume things went poorly for Bo-Katan. As such, it’s not unlikely that we might see Sabine and her ally, Ahsoka, in Season Two of The Mandalorian.

    Ahsoka is one of the few Jedi still operating in the era the show takes place in, and she was last seen with Sabine. As such, the Mandalorian could function as an epilogue for the characters for Rebels in a way that is sure to excite fans.