4 Jedi From ‘Star Wars’ Canon That Mando and Baby Yoda Could Meet by the End of ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2
What started off as a Space Western in Season 1 of The Mandalorian has turned into a quest to return Baby Yoda to the Jedi in Season 2. The most recent episode did show Din Djarin come in contact with a former Jedi, but it didn’t quite fulfill his mission yet.
So, moving forward, Mando is hoping to lure more Jedi to Grogu on the planet of Tython, possibly to continue his training. If that happens, which Jedi could come to his aid? Here are a few options of known Jedi in Star Wars canon that could show up by the end of Season 2. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2 up to “Chapter 13: The Jedi”].
Ahsoka Tano told Mando she can’t, or won’t, train Grogu
The big cameo in The Mandalorian’s fifth episode was Ahsoka Tano. She’s been a major character in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008, and then went on to appear in Star Wars Rebels, carving out a major spot for herself in the Star Wars franchise overall.
This is the first live-action appearance of Ahsoka, portrayed by Rosario Dawson, when she’s usually voiced by Ashley Eckstein in past appearances. But even though she carries lightsabers and wields the Force, she is no Jedi. Mando, of course, doesn’t know this, and so he is taken aback when she refuses to train Grogu.
Of course, audiences know this is because of Baby Yoda’s intense attachment to Din. And even though he doesn’t want to admit it, Din Djarin has a deep connection with the child as well. Ahsoka sees this and is immediately swayed away from training Grogu because of her former master Anakin’s story.
She faced off against Darth Vader not too long before meeting with Mando, and just came out of her denial that her master turned to the Dark side. She’s reliving her trauma from the Clone Wars and the Jedi Purge with Grogu’s return. This just adds to her reminder of Anakin’s turn, as well. It’s a lot to take in, and a valid reason not to train Grogu in the ways of the Force.
So, if someone does take up training Grogu, and if he chooses to turn toward the Jedi, who will it be? There are a few Jedi we know exist at this time.
The biggest name drop that fans weren’t expecting in this episode was Grand Admiral Thrawn’s. Before this episode, many fans thought this came after the Star Wars Rebels Epilogue. Meaning that Ahsoka is looking for Thrawn and that Ezra is still missing in hyperspace with him.
Dave Filoni then hinted in an interview with Vanity Fair that this episode actually might come before that Epilogue. If that’s the case, then who knows where Ezra Bridger is. Could he show up if Grogu called out to him on Tython? If that’s the case, then he obviously doesn’t reach out to Ahsoka and Sabine by the time of the Epilogue, but who knows what happens in the meantime.
In all of the hullabaloo of The Mandalorian with Krayt Dragons, beskar, and Baby Yoda, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca are just galavanting around the Galaxy right now. This takes place five years after Return of the Jedi, so they’d look somewhat similar to how they do in that movie, with Luke being around 30.
This is something fans have thought of, too, even fancasting actors like Sebastian Stan in the role. According to Star Wars lore, Luke set out to restore the Jedi Order pretty much right away. So it would make sense that he’d come straight to aid another Force user calling out for help.
Again, Leia is also alive at this time, of course. She’s a bit more preoccupied with restoring the New Republic, though. As seen in The Rise of Skywalker, Leia did start training as Jedi. While she started far later in the game than Padawans usually did, she and Luke were obviously special cases.
However, after seeing and feeling that her efforts were better suited elsewhere, she stopped. She also sensed that she’d kill her unborn child later on in their life if she continued. She followed very much in her adopted father’s and biological mother’s footsteps by returning to politics.
However, what if she heard Grogu reaching out through the Force? What if Rey wasn’t the first Jedi she trained? It would be tricky with casting, without resorting to CGI, but who knows? It could be a very surprising cameo if done correctly.
Lastly, a surprise and late contender to the mix here is Cal Kestis. He was introduced in the 2019 videogame Jedi: Fallen Order which told the story of Cal, a Padawan who escaped Order 66 and went into hiding. The game then picked up his story five years after Revenge of the Sith and the Jedi Purge. The Empire’s Inquisitors find him, notice he’s a Jedi, and try to kill him. He’s saved by Cere Junda, a former Jedi Master, and they go on a mission to find a Holocron that holds the names of Force-sensitive children.
In the time of The Mandalorian, Cal Kestis would be around 40, so aging up Cameron Monaghan (from Shameless and who originated the role for the game) wouldn’t be hard. And it would be a very cool tie-in. Considering the popularity of Jedi: Fallen Order, this would be rather interesting for fans. However, it might not be that advantageous if there aren’t bigger plans for Cal’s character in the larger Star Wars universe. But, if there are, this would be perfect.
Now, these are only current Star Wars canon Jedi that fans know of. There are so many Force wielders that could show up, good or bad. So who knows what’s in store in the last three episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2.