‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Could Easily Connect To a ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Sequel Series

The Star Wars films have taken center stage for decades. But the franchise’s series have proven to be just as vital. And with The Mandalorian leading the charge, even Disney CEO Bob Iger said TV is the future of Star Wars. While some might throw the animated shows aside, aspects like the Darksaber reveal in The Mandalorian demonstrate that they’re just as important to the lore and story of Star Wars

With that said, if a Star Wars Rebels sequel series does happen — as rumors profusely say it will — it would be the perfect opportunity to connect to The Mandalorian

Ahsoka Tano in the epilogue of 'Star Wars Rebels.'
Ahsoka Tano in the epilogue of ‘Star Wars Rebels’ | Lucasfilm/DisneyXD

A ‘Star Wars Rebels’ sequel series could explain how Moff Gideon got the Darksaber

One of the major reveals in The Mandalorian was Moff Gideon’s possession of the Darksaber. It’s a lot like the lightsabers that Jedi and Sith use, except it’s black and is shaped like a sword.

Legend has it that Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi, created it back when he was a part of the Order. House Vizsla eventually took it back from the Jedi after his death and Pre Vizsla had it up until The Clone Wars Season 5. Pre Vizsla was leader of Deathwatch, but once Maul defeated him in combat, the Darksaber and leadership of the group went to the former Sith. 

Loyalists to the Mandalorians like Bo-Katan, left Deathwatch once Maul took over. As we’ll see in The Clone Wars Season 7, the Siege of Mandalore occurs because she wants to take the planet back from him. 

Kanan Jarrus then possesses the Darksaber and gives it to Sabine Wren. This returns it to a Mandalorian once again. Lastly, viewers saw Sabine give it to Bo-Katan, which is the last we see until Moff Gideon has it. If there’s a Star Wars Rebels sequel series, we could get the full story of how it ended up in Imperial hands, as Inverse points out. 

We (kind of) already know what Ahsoka and Sabine are doing in this period

While there are only rumors at this point, this alleged sequel series of Star Wars Rebels would focus on Ahsoka and Sabine. YouTube channel Kessel Run Transmissions reported this in January, and now Star Wars podcaster named Corey Van Dyke is saying a “reliable source” confirms the series too. 

The epilogue of Star Wars Rebels happens around four years before The Mandalorian. Ahsoka comes back just as Sabine heads off to look for Ezra. Right before the epilogue, Ezra threw himself and Thrawn into hyperspace, and no one knows where they ended up. 

So if these rumors do come to fruition, Ahsoka and Sabine would be looking for Ezra right before the period that Mando meets The Child. While one would be animated and the other live-action, their stories could still align. Whether in regards to the Darksaber storyline or even talk of a force-sensitive child from Yoda’s species. Ahsoka worked closely with the Master Jedi, so she’d likely be intrigued. 

This animated series would perfectly connect to the live-action one

To bounce off of their intrigue into a Baby Yoda, if Lucasfilm really wanted to blow people’s minds, they could turn these animated characters into live-action ones too. This hasn’t been done before, at least not with characters as big as Ahsoka and Sabine, but never say never. 

It’s hard to believe that Ahsoka wouldn’t want to seek out The Child after hearing about him. And Sabine is likely itching to get the Darksaber back, if Bo-Katan died. There’s a lot that would work with these two coming into The Mandalorian’s storyline. It’s just tricky. But, with Dave Filoni, the mastermind behind these two characters and working on The Mandalorian, it’s not impossible. 

Regardless of what happens, even if there aren’t any crossovers between the two shows, it makes sense for these two shows to intertwine somehow.