The Mandalorian season 2 premieres in a couple of days and we nonetheless don’t in point of fact know a lot concerning the plot of the season. There are rumors, however exhausting proof is all locked up in a J.J. Abrams-worthy thriller field. That doesn’t imply you’ll be able to’t be ready for the whole lot that occurs.
In line with one of the early casting bulletins, supposedly leaky assets, and a couple of lore-inspired theories, we’ve put in combination a listing of episodes from Celebrity Wars: The Clone Wars and Celebrity Wars: Rebels — additionally all streaming on Disney Plus — that you simply must take a look at forward of The Mandalorian season 2. This listing has episodes that may assist catch you up at the historical past of one of the characters that would possibly seem within the season, in addition to a couple of addition viewing choices at the off probability you wish to have embark on an animated-Celebrity Wars marathon ahead of The Mandalorian season 2 begins on Oct. 30.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, and potential spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2.]
“Outdated Buddies No longer Forgotten,” Celebrity Wars: The Clone Wars season 7
The 9th episode of The Clone Wars season 7, plus episode 10, “The Phantom Apprentice,” and episode 11, “Shatter,” serve a couple of vital functions on our method to The Mandalorian season 2. In particular, they are able to introduce non-animated-series audience to characters like Ahsoka Tano, who was once the apprentice of Anakin Skywalker all over the Clone Wars, and Bo-Katan Kryze, a Mandalorian warrior and vital political determine in the world. All over those episodes we additionally get a bit of shuttle thru Mandalore’s historical past all over the Clone Wars, simply after its time underneath the rule of thumb of Darth Maul. Those episodes additionally display us portions of the Siege of Mandalore, which weakened the planet’s warrior race, environment them up for the dire state they’re in all over The Mandalorian.
For extra backstory on Bo-Katan and the new historical past of Mandalore, you’ll be able to take a look at those episodes of Celebrity Wars: The Clone Wars which focal point in the world and all of its intricate tradition and conspiracies:
- “The Mandalore Plot” (season 2 episode 12)
- “Voyage of Temptation” (season 2 episode 13)
- “Duchess of Mandalore” (season 2 episode 14)
“Twilight of the Apprentice,” Celebrity Wars: Rebels season 2
Whilst this two-episode arc has numerous twists and turns, an important portions must do with Ahsoka Tano. In those episodes, the previous padawan of Anakin Skywalker faces off in opposition to her grasp’s present shape: Darth Vader. All over their battle she realizes his true identification and will’t carry herself to battle him to the loss of life, opting for to stall him whilst her buddies get away as a substitute. This isn’t the final time she displays up in Rebels, however it’s an important second to putting in her personality forward of The Mandalorian — if the rumors are all true.
In spite of how issues might appear on the finish of those episodes, Ahsoka survives the battle and displays up another time in Rebels to staff up with Sabine Wren, a tender Mandalorian warrior and the most important fighter within the early insurrection in opposition to the Empire. Figuring out that they jetted off from Rebels in combination approach The Mandalorian may just reintroduce them each in season 2. For extra on their staff up, take a look at those episodes of Celebrity Wars: Rebels:
- A International Between Worlds (season 4, episode 13)
- Circle of relatives Reunion and Farewell (season 4, episode 15)
“Trials of the Darksaber,” Celebrity Wars: Rebels, season 3
As its identify implies, episode 15 of season Three is vital as it’s all concerning the Darksaber — which we’re guessing will display up a bit of extra this time round. This episode specializes in Sabine, who takes ownership of the Darksaber, which she reveals on Dathomir, and begins her coaching with it. On the other hand, although Sabine doesn’t pass paths with Mando and Child Yoda, this episode additionally has a pleasing pocket historical past of the Darksaber that will probably be nice for any individual who desires a snappy compensate for the Mandalore’s maximum mythical weapon.
For extra at the legacy, lore, and historical past of the Darksaber — which has had an excessively difficult previous, even ahead of it reached the fingers of Moff Gideon — you’ll be able to take a look at those episodes of Clone Wars and Rebels:
- Celebrity Wars: The Clone Wars — “The Lawless” (season 5, episode 16)
- Celebrity Wars: Rebels — “Visions and Voices” (season 3, episode 11)
Heroes of Mandalore, Celebrity Wars: Rebels, season 4
This two-episode arc has with reference to the whole lot that season 2 plot main points trace at. “Heroes of Mandalore” follows Sabine, along side wannabe Ezra and ex-Jedi Kanan, as they try to finish the Empire’s profession of Mandalore. Whilst there’s numerous nice motion in those episodes, an important portions come from Sabine and Bo-Katan Kryze, supposedly performed via Katee Sackhoff in The Mandalorian, who additionally voices the animated personality. All over this arc Sabine passes the Darksaber off to Bo-Katan, who takes her rightful position because the chief of Mandalore. In fact, someday between then and the occasions of The Mandalorian, relatively a couple of issues modified.
For more info on Bo-Katan Kryze and the historical past of Mandalore, or even a couple of wonder appearances from Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’ll be able to take a look at those episodes from Celebrity Wars: The Clone Wars:
- “Eminence” (season Five episode 14
- “Sunglasses of Reason why” (season Five episode 15)
- “The Lawless” (season Five episode 16)
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