The Mandalorian has become crucial to the Star Wars canon and lore

Vincent Tiscareno, Staff Writer

With the second season of The Mandalorian finishing in late December, there is a lot to unravel. Season two brought a lot of the things fans wanted such as the return of Boba Fett and the cinematic debut of creatures such as the Krayt Dragon. The Mandalorian is what we Star Wars fans have longed for. But how important is this TV show in terms of canon? 

For starters, it answered the question fans have been theorizing about for years: did Boba Fett actually die in the sarlacc pit, or did he escape? The Mandalorian  answered that without hesitation. Boba Fett was shown in the very first episode of season two. On another note about the Fetts, when Boba Fett got his armor back, there was a chain code on it that told us that Jango Fett, Boba’s father, was a Mandalorian foundling. This means that Jango did not steal the Mandalorian armor, he earned it by fighting in the Mandalorian Civil Wars. As most Star Wars fans know, when Jango died, his armor was passed down to Boba Fett. To add further, since the clones were direct clones of Jango Fett, every clone had some Mandalorian heritage. 

Other more, very interesting items came from Grogu, better known as The Child. It was revealed in season two that he survived Order 66. We found this out when force-user Ashoka Tano made her live action debut. The Mandalorian was searching for her because he needed someone to train Grogu, someone of Grogu’s own kind. Ashoka refused to train him in fear of him turning to the dark side like her master, Anakin/Darth Vader, did. But what she did do was talk to Grogu within the force. We must remember, although Grogu is 50 years old, he is still a child. Creatures of his kind, like Yoda, died at 900 years old. When Ashoka Tano spoke to him is when they found out his name was Grogu and when they found out he survived Order 66. It is still unknown how he did it or who helped him do it. Later in the season, a Jedi sensed him and came to the rescue. Luke Skywalker was the Jedi to come take Grogu, and train him. This is where the season ends. 

On the topic of Ashoka Tano, she lived, and General Thrawn probably did too. At the end of Star Wars Rebels we see Ashoka Tano’s friend Ezra Bridger get taken by Thrawn. In The Mandalorian, it is revealed that she is searching for someone which is most likely Thrawn because he is with Ezra. The new upcoming Ashoka TV show will most likely follow her journey to finding Ezra.

It is shown in the post credit scene of the last episode of The Mandalorian that the crime gang, The Hutts, are no longer in control. The Hutts ran all of Tatooine, but Jabba the Hutt was no longer on his throne due to his death. During the post credit scene we see Boba Fett and partner Fennec Shand enter Mos Eisley’s cantina where Jabba the Hutt’s throne is filled by someone else. Then, Boba and Fennec kill them. They then take the throne and it cuts to an all black screen with the words “The Book of Boba Fett.” This is an upcoming TV show about Boba Fett. 

With this and other small details, we can definitely tell that The Mandalorian plays a huge part in the Star Wars canon. Although the next season of The Mandalorian comes out in 2022, The Book of Boba Fett is set to release December 2021.