After a first season that felt on the edge of the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian Season 2 has started to include all kinds of major characters.
The latest episode, titled “The Jedi,” saw the live-action debut of one of the best and most beloved Star Wars characters and the excitement of yet another more vicious presence. But apart from those two, there was another more subtle revelation lurking beneath the surface.
[Ed. note: this post contains spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 5, as well as Star Wars: Rebels]
Din Djarin’s first encounter with Ahsoka Tano has been rumored since the beginning of season two. In the fifth episode of the season, the rumors finally came true. Din seeks out the former Jedi in the hope that she can shed some light on who exactly Baby Yoda is and who can train him. She is more than happy to help as long as Mando does something for her. The Mandalorian, who is well acquainted with consideration, undertakes.
Ahsoka needs Dins’ help to get vital information from an Imperial ally named Morgan Elsbeth, who is being defended by her own army. After the couple breached their armed forces with ease, Ahsoka confronts the war criminal with the whereabouts of her master, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Teasing the potential return of Thrawn is a pretty big deal, but it also reveals a hidden possibility: Ezra Bridger might be back too. Enough people read between the lines that “Ezra” started trending in the early hours of the morning after the episode premiered on Twitter.
Last time we saw Ahsoka before this week Mandalorians was in the final of Star Wars: Rebels, On the way with the Mandalorian friend Sabine Wren in search of Ezra Bridger. A major figure in the early Rebellion and a Jedi himself, Ezra disappeared into space aboard Thrawn’s ship. This was the result of a desperate attempt to prevent the Imperial Admiral from bombing Lothal City, where Ezra’s allies were at the time. Ahsoka’s questioning of Elsbeth suggests that Thrawn survived her journey into space. Your pursuit of the Jedi in RebelsCombined with these revelations, this suggests that Ezra may also be alive but is still absent. This is our first real update on where Ezra might be. For fans of Rebels, that’s huge.
While that indirect mention doesn’t necessarily mean Ezra is on her way to The MandalorianThere was one more clue that could have annoyed his return to the Star Wars universe. Ahsoka tells Djarin that she cannot train Baby Yoda, instead he must be taken to Tython, an ancient and powerful planet with a deep connection to power. On Tython, Ahsoka stated that Baby Yoda would have the opportunity to turn to power, a call that any remaining Jedi would hear, who could then choose to train him if they wanted.
Which Jedi we know has been MIA for several years has no trilogy storyline sequel to follow and could be in the right place in their life to train a young force user? Ezra Bridger is a great candidate.
Who could play an older Ezra now? The haunted Bly Manorwho would actually be great caused an internet madness when he joked about securing the role … in September.
I got into this Lothal orphan, sensitive to strength, trained by Kanan Jarrus. For no particular reason.
– Rahul Kohli (@ RahulKohli13) September 24, 2020
“I was trolling,” he said Inverse later. “I heard rumors there was a casting call looking for a live action Ezra looking for Asian actors in their late twenties, early thirties.”
While the hunt may be on, Ezra is involved The Mandalorian is still just speculation. Din Djarin and The Child may not make it to Tython for a while, and there are plenty of other Jedi who may (or may not) help them once they reach the planet. But with so many Rebels Characters appearing this season of The Mandalorian So far it seems at least possible that Ezra could be next.