The Mandalorian Connects Din Djarin To A Young Anakin Skywalker

The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5 introduces Ahsoka Tano, and a line about her lightsabers connects Mando to a young Anakin Skywalker.

A line about lightsabers in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5, “Chapter 13: The Jedi” connects Din Djarin to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace‘s young Anakin Skywalker. As expected, “The Jedi” introduced Ahsoka Tano to the realm of live-action, played by Rosario Dawson. Written and directed by Dave Filoni, the installment was able to live up to the hype of seeing the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels fan-favorite appear, and the character herself dropped some major reveals and references, including to Anakin.

Ahsoka revealed that Baby Yoda was raised at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, where he was trained by several masters, and was then hidden away at the end of the Clone Wars, meaning he survived Order 66. However, that also meant he left lost and alone for several years, leading to a growing fear inside of him, because of which Ahsoka refuses to train Baby Yoda (whose real name she reveals as Grogu). Ahsoka draws on her first-hand experience of Anakin’s own fall to the dark side, knowing what fear and anger can do to a person, especially one so strong in the Force. It’s an emotional parallel to draw, but isn’t the only link to Anakin in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5.

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When she isn’t dropping huge reveals or connecting with Baby Yoda through the Force, Ahsoka spends much of her debut taking on enemies with her two white lightsabers. This being the first time Din has ever met a Jedi, though, he clearly isn’t too familiar with what a lightsaber is, and so refers to the weapons as “laser swords.” Aside from being the original name George Lucas had for the weapon before he decided upon “lightsaber,” the term is perhaps most known for being used by Anakin in The Phantom Menace, during a conversation with Qui-Gon Jinn, where he tells him: “I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon.” 

While the use of “laser sword” from someone unfamiliar isn’t all that surprising, the connection is particularly notable here, since it happens in an episode where the history of Anakin weighs heavily upon Ahsoka. Similarly, much like it was for Anakin and Qui-Gon, the laser swords are used here to clearly mark Ahsoka as the titular Jedi of the episode, even if she did leave the Order some time ago. It also sets up an interesting confrontation between Din and Moff Gideon, who has the Darksaber, or his own laser sword. Aside from giving Mando a beskar spear with which to fight him with, it could also mean that Din believes Gideon to have the Force himself, since he wields a Jedi weapon (albeit one with deep Mandalorian roots). Since Moff Gideon is so interested in Baby Yoda’s high midi-chlorian count and clearly fancies himself as the next Darth Vader, then it may not be too far from the truth anyway.

The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5 isn’t the first time Din Djarin has been connected to Anakin Skywalker either. Just an episode prior, Mando pulled off an Anakin flying trick, with him spinning the Razor Crest much like Ani did the Naboo starfighter in The Phantom Menace. While Disney’s Star Wars sequels focused more on Vader, The Mandalorian is doing a good job of referencing Anakin’s more complete legacy.

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Updated: December 2, 2020 — 7:13 pm

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