Why Next Week’s ‘The Mandalorian’ Looks Like The Biggest In The Series

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The Mandalorian is already halfway through its second season, as there will only be eight more episodes left in total this time around. But hey, at least they’re longer on average this time around.

There have been some pretty massive story developments over the last two episodes in particular. Spoilers follow. We have:

1) The arrival of Clone Wars-era Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan, recommending Mando to go find the only Jedi she knows, Ahsoka Tano.

2) The revelation that the Empire is experimenting with extracting midi-chlorians from Baby Yoda and trying to inject them into test subjects to see if you can “transplant” the force.

At first glance, next week may be the one where this all converges, judging by who is writing and directing the next episode.

That would be Dave Filoni, creator of Clone Wars and Rebels, where The Mandalorian effectively became a sequel to his old shows, given the use of their characters and storylines. Filoni has been involved with The Mandalorian from the start, but after last season’s finale, when we saw Moff Gideon wielding the Darksaber, we just realized How? ‘Or’ What involved he was.

Now we have two of his main characters showing up in person, Bo-Katan and Ahsoka. I guess if Dave Filoni gets a singular episode to write and direct this season, it would be the Ahsoka episode, and it would be next week. Yes, it’s true that he wrote and directed The Gunslinger in season 1, which didn’t have much to do with his own corner of the universe, but that’s just a hunch for this season.

I also remain firm in my theory that Disney intends to do an Ahsoka spinoff series with Rosario Dawson once it is introduced in The Mandalorian. There’s a good chance she’ll only show up for an episode or two here, but I really think that’s where we’re headed. What is unknown is whether other Filoni characters can appear like Sabine and Ezra as well, given that they were related when we last saw Ahsoka in the animated series.

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka will be a big moment for the Star Wars fandom. Bo-Katan had it easy since she was played by the exact same voice actress on the show, Katee Sackhoff, but Dawson replaces the iconic Ashley Eckstein who did her voice for the entire series but … not look like Ahsoka enough to play her in real life. But I hope Dawson does a good job.

I can’t wait to see Ahsoka made for The Mandalorian. I really do expect it to be next week with Filoni’s involvement, as I have to imagine they would let him do whatever he wants with his own character, but there is a possibility that she would be saved for the finale. Either way, this is a must see episode, of course.

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