Already from Disney and Lucasfilm rebuilt the canon Star Wars as a result of the acquisition of the second, Extended Universe, a collection of decades-old Star Wars stories , ”Non-canonical tales of a bygone era. But that doesn't mean it went for good, and the people behind the Mandalorian are more than aware of this.
A lot has been done this week after the Mandalorian showrunner and producer John Favreau told Entertainment Weekly that the team behind the show was "talking" about extracting elements from the old expanded universe to extract flesh from World of New Series:
I don't want to talk about anything that can be fun for people to discover. We have conversations. Part of what is fun to see is whether we could unite the worlds of the original trilogy, the backstories, sequels, The Clone Wars, and what is still considered a canon and what is considered part of the legend. I think this show offers you the opportunity to bring all these elements together, so whatever your taste for Star Wars ice cream you like, there is something to enjoy. But you ask the right questions.
But since Favreau said this in response to a question about whether Grand Admiral Trajan or a hero reintroduced in the Star Wars canon in Star Wars Rebels with an excellent series of novels from its original creator Timothy Zan, further dragging him out – or Mara Jade – the former Dark Side agent of the Emperor who becomes Luke Skywalker's wife in the old expanded universe – may appear on the show naturally, much is said about whether these two characters can to appear or not to appear in The Mandalorian .
Which is stupid because because of how we know Star Wars Rebels ended, we already know that Thrawn didn't actually exist at that time Mandalorian was set up. Unless Pedro Pascal is about to go toe-to-toe with some cosmic space whales. What about Mara Jade? Well, maybe there may be a hero in this vein – a former Empire agent who enrolls in the forces of the dark force now outlines his own path after his death – but it won't be Mara Jade, Jedi Master of The new Jedi Order, Luke's wife and Ben's mother, the fans of the old EU know. It will be something new, a twist of what came before. Because … that's exactly what the new canon of Star Wars has been doing for years now.
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And we should not be surprised The Mandalorian is no exception, given that is also made by a person whose previous work is largely responsible for many of the old elements of the enlarged universe that have made their way to the current can him: Dave Filoni.
Filoni is the showman of The Clone Wars (who returned so many and even tried to resurrect deeply carved concepts like Yuuzan Wong or Darth Revan) and Rebels (which goes beyond). a Thrawn revival overflowing with elements from the beloved knights of the Old Republic and the ancient legacies of Mandalorian culture, itself being radically reworked by the clone wars two sources that are largely responsible for re-canonizing elements of the expanded universe back to the current part.
The game of recasting these elements back into the galaxy Star Wars is, as we now understand, a running theme throughout his work. So, though it is unlikely that Thrawn or Mara Jade will specifically appear on the Mandalorian the fact that he will want to bring elements from him is not surprising in the least. After Return of the Jedi the era of Star Wars is still a relatively blank canvas that Mandalorian can and should play in, and if part of it involves a few discounts from previous legends Star Wars then that's more than good.
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Mandalorian starts at Disney + when it launches in the US on November 12th.
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