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The Mandalorian: The Jedi – Seven Takeaways

Warning! Spoilers for Star Wars: The Mandalorian Chapter 13 – The Jedi are ahead.

This is the way.

Season two, episode five of The Mandalorian, “The Jedi”, was as good as any episode among the thirteen of the show that have dropped. That’s because we got to see fan favorites, seeming callbacks, new definitions within Star Wars lore, surprising new plot developments and more.

Here are seven takeaways from The Mandalorian: “The Jedi”.

1) Ahsoka Tano Lightsaber Action

Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Mandalorian. (photo credit: Lucasfilm)

Ahsoka Tano went to work with her lighstabers throughout the episode – and that included the start, when she laid waste to her adversaries. It was tremendously exciting. Also, I remember saying out loud “Rosario Dawson did some major training” at the episode’s end. It appeared that Dawson, the actress portraying Ahsoka, was the one who did the saber combat.

2) Grogu

Ahsoka revealed that this is the Child’s name. It could take some getting used to, but it’s already sinking in.

3) ‘I’ve seen what feelings do to a fully trained Jedi Knight …’

Ahsoka seems to refer to her former master, Anakin Skywalker, and his turn to the dark side in becoming Darth Vader.

4) Lightsabers Don’t Trump Every Other Weapon In The Galaxy

Ahsoka’s lightsabers clash with a Beskar staff, which can withstand the power of the lightsabers. I somewhat liked the idea that lightsabers were the ultimate weapon in the galaxy in terms of strength. But I’m just as fine with other weapons being just as strong, too.

Ahsoka Tano squares off against Morgan Elsbeth in Star Wars: The Mandalorian — The Jedi. (photo credit: Disney+)

5) Grand Admiral Thrawn

When fighting her in the clash of lightsabers vs. Beskar staff, Ahsoka demands that Morgan Elsbeth (which, unfortunately, isn’t much of a traditional Star Wars name) tell her where Thrawn can be found. This is the Thrawn who in the new Star Wars canon disappeared into hyperspace with Ezra Bridger at the end of the show Star Wars Rebels. Thrawn also stars in a book trilogy in the new canon.

What especially surprised me about this development is that to my knowledge, Thrawn has not been reported to have been in The Mandalorian nor any Disney+ show, such as a spin-off.

6) Ahsoka’s Departure From Character

Ahsoka promised that she would train Grogu. Then she didn’t. Ahsoka has always been as upstanding and honest as any character in the Star Wars galaxy. This was a departure from character. I’m surprised that it happened given the person who wrote the script with the character departure was Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni.

7) Will We Yet See Luke Skywalker?

Luke Skywalker relatively close to the time of The Mandalorian. Din Djarin will leave Grogu on a “seeing stone” on Tython for a Jedi to retrieve. Will it be Luke? (photo credit: Lucasfilm)

People are somewhat convincing me that we may be more likely to see Ezra than Luke take Grogu from Tython. On a “seeing stone” on the planet is where Ahsoka said Din Djarin can leave Grogu and a Jedi may retrieve him. But even if Ezra is going to come to a Disney+ series, it won’t be The Mandalorian – and more importantly, Luke would probably be looking for Jedi to train for his new Jedi Order five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, the timeline of The Mandalorian. After all, he did build an Order (the result is implied in Star Wars: The Last Jedi).

What are your takeaways from The Mandalorian Chapter 13: The Jedi? Comment below!

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By Rhett Wilkinson

At nine years old, Rhett Wilkinson wrote stories about Han Solo & Princess Leia's son Ben Solo, so he's waiting for Disney to pay up! Rhett is the owner of Hero's Journey Content and author of "'Star Wars' Is Still Intact: Re-finding Yourself in the Age of Trump." His work has been seen in USA TODAY, ESPN & the Pew Forum. He also was a screenwriter for the theatrical production "Before Your Time" and is a survivor of abuse. Reach him on Twitter @rhettrites.

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