Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and all of Star Wars that comes with it, they’ve developed multiple new characters. Two of those are Rey Skywalker and the Mandalorian, Din Djarin. While both characters have resonated with fans, they’re not likely to cross paths: Mando’s storyline takes place five years after Return of the Jedi, and Rey’s takes place almost 25 years after that. But is there a chance we could see a connection? The answer is not as simple as you might think.
Rey’s arc in the Star Wars sequels
When we first meet Rey, she’s a junk trader on the remote desert planet of Jakku. She meets the small droid BB-8, not understanding what an adventure he’s been on with the Resistance.
Eventually, she meets Finn, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and is off on a quest to find Luke Skywalker. She has an encounter with Kylo Ren where she discovers she is Force-sensitive. After besting Ren in combat, she joins the Resistance.
Rey then finds Luke and trains alongside him, confronting Ren again to find out her parents were “nobody.” Rey helps her friends from the Resistance escape from Ren and the First Order, and she swears not to join him despite establishing a strong bond with him through the Force.
Finally, after completing her Jedi training, Rey discovers she is a descendant of Emperor Palpatine. She finds Palpatine and, with Ben Solo by her side, defeats him once and for all.
Where ‘The Mandalorian’ left off
The Mandalorian’s third season focused on Mando reuniting Grogu (known to fans as “Baby Yoda”) with his people: the Jedi. Along the way he meets another former Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, who tells him that Grogu needs a Jedi to help him learn the ways of the Force. Mando also meets up with some other well-known Star Wars characters who assist him in his journey such as Boba Fett and Bo-Katan Kryze.
After Grogu is kidnapped by the evil Moff Gideon, Mando puts a team together to rescue his adopted son. He does, capturing Gideon in the process. Luke shows up at the last second to destroy a fleet of droids and save the group from certain destruction. Knowing Grogu will be safe, Mando hands him over to Luke and gives him a tearful goodbye.
The first two seasons of the show centered on Mando protecting Grogu. Now? The possibilities for where they go next are endless. One piece of speculation suggests that Rey’s story may coincide with Mando’s.
Will ‘The Mandalorian’ season 3 include Rey’s story?
According to Inverse, rumor has it Daisy Ridley could return to the Star Wars universe to reprise her role as Rey. There’s even a possibility she could do it on The Mandalorian. But how, exactly? As noted earlier, the timelines for Rey and Mando don’t exactly sync up.
You can answer that question with another question: what if there is a time jump?
The show taking place much later makes sense. This would allow Grogu to get plenty of training. Because of the way Yoda’s species ages, he’ll still be a baby when we see him 30 years in the future. Pedro Pascal’s Mando may look much older, which will require some makeup and gray hair dye, but Mando spends the majority of the show hidden under a mask anyway.
Remember, most of the Jedi were destroyed by Kylo Ren prior to the events of The Force Awakens, so it would now be up to Rey and Grogu to serve as a new generation of Jedi leaders. This could lead to a new series of films, acting as a springboard to move the saga forward. With that in mind, Rey popping up here doesn’t seem so outrageous.