Spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Mandalorian!
The Mandalorian season 2 has had no shortage of links to the wider Star Wars universe. From Bo-Katan Kryze appearing in Chapter 11 to Ahsoka Tano making her live-action debut in Chapter 13, Mando’s connection to the galaxy is only growing. Now, we’ve found out that two particularly sinister characters could be making a return.
First up, in today’s Mandalorian, Ahsoka name-drops Grand Admiral Thrawn, an Imperial leader of strategic brilliance who first appeared in the now-defunct Legends continuity, then returned in Star Wars: Rebels and a trilogy of novels by Timothy Zahn.
The last time we saw Thrawn, he vanished along with Ezra Bridger, the young Jedi at the center of Rebels. Ezra had a genius plan that involved some huge space-whales zapping himself and the Grand Admiral into lightspeed to an unknown destination. The plan somehow worked, and Ezra and Thrawn were lost in space.
The next villain referenced is a little more obscure and doesn’t get quite such an obvious name drop. We are, of course, talking about Darth Revan.
The villain originally appeared in the Legends continuity, which was later made non-canon when Disney bought LucasFilm. The character was initially a Jedi who fell to the Dark side during the Mandalorian Wars. This conflict brought the Jedi and the Republic into battle against the Mandalorians – and, ultimately, Revan turned away from the Light after being corrupted by the Emperor of the Sith (not Palpatine, another one). This all happened about 3000 years before the events of the original trilogy – and none of it is canon anymore.
As The Mandalorian continues its place and the wider Star Wars universe only becomes clearer, it’s exciting to imagine what could be coming next.