We’re lower than two weeks away from the premiere of The Mandalorian, which is a large second in Star Wars historical past for a number of causes. It is the primary ever live-action TV sequence set in a galaxy far, far-off, for one. That alone presents loads of purpose for followers to tune in. That stated, these trying ahead to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might wish to test it out as nicely, as a result of we now have purpose to consider the premiere episode might comprise a secret pertaining to Episode IX.
For the document, that is largely speculative. I’ve not seen, nor will I see, The Mandalorian or The Rise of Skywalker till they’re launched. That stated, some latest data that has come to mild suggests Lucasfilm might have one thing up its sleeve. In a latest report by the New York Instances, it was revealed that The Mandalorian season premiere incorporates a “dramatic Star Wars universe spoiler.” No additional data was supplied, so in my preliminary writeup about that matter, I did not speculate a lot. Now, nonetheless, I feel it is price having a look at what this could possibly be and why it’d relate to the subsequent huge display screen journey within the franchise.
First, let us take a look at the why. If Lucasfilm and govt producer Jon Favreau determined to place a spoiler within the first episode that pertains to the bigger Star Wars universe, would not it make sense to tee up a ball that may repay in The Rise of Skywalker? From a pure franchise synergy standpoint, that appears to take a look at. If we function below the idea that was the considering, then we are able to get into what this could possibly be. Although, admittedly, we’re largely taking photographs at the hours of darkness since each tasks are extremely secretive in the meanwhile.
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The Mandalorian takes place within the years after Return of the Jedi and earlier than The Drive Awakens. It is a time ripe for storytelling prospects, because it really hasn’t been explored on display screen earlier than. It additionally might be dealing largely with bounty hunters and that facet of the universe, so there will not be quite a lot of direct Jedi motion. At the least not so far as we all know. That stated, this time interval might comprise some secrets and techniques that maintain keys to plot threads that might be pulled in director J.J. Abrams’ conclusion to the Skywalker saga. Possibly Pedro Pascal’s titular character will get despatched chasing a bounty that leads him to uncover some Jedi or Sith secrets and techniques? Possibly he’ll encounter some shock legacy characters? The door is broad open.
There are some characters from the outdated Star Wars canon equivalent to Mara Jade who might simply be working round at the moment. So, if Lucasfilm wished to deliver somebody like that into the fold, now could possibly be the time. And, undoubtedly, if Mara Jade, a Jedi character who was Luke Skywalker’s spouse within the outdated canon, have been introduced into the fold, she’d have some ties to the occasions of The Rise of Skywalker. That is only one risk, however it’s simple to see how fairly a couple of secrets and techniques could possibly be hiding within the present. No matter it finally ends up being, we’re in for a shock in The Mandalorian, which debuts on November 12 to coincide with the launch of Disney+. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will observe, hitting theaters on December 20.
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