The Mandalorian is all set to take audiences back to one of the franchise’s long-forgotten planets. The initial two seasons of the show featuring Din Djarin and Grogu introduced viewers to new planets like Trask and returned them to familiar ones like Tatooine.
However, the one that’s most important to the show is Coruscant. But they have yet to return to that. In fact, the latest Star Wars projects have really neglected that planet. However, that can change in the upcoming seasons of The Mandalorian.
Coruscant was first introduced in the Star Wars canon through a short celebratory clip in the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi special edition. After that, the city-planet would go on to become a big location in the Star Wars prequel movies.
The planet was the central capital, and Chancellor Palpatine ruled from there. It was also the location where the Jedi had their legendary temple. After this, the planet would become the capital of the Galactic Empire after Palpatine became the Emperor.
As a result, it became a feared planet throughout the Star Wars universe. Overall, it’s an important location in the Star Wars franchise. But despite its prominence, the last decade or so has not really paid it the attention it deserves.
Sure, it has shown up in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, as well as in other books and comics. But even then, it hasn’t been depicted in a live-action capacity after 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Now, The Mandalorian has the perfect opportunity to revisit Coruscant.
And the best way to do that is through Grand Admiral Thrawn. How? Let us find out.
In the currently non-canon Star Wars book titled The Last Command, which is the third one in Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy, the Chiss strategist tries to overthrow the newly established New Republic. He does it by carrying out an attack against the capital planet of the galaxy.
The attack gets called the Siege of Coruscant and ends in Thrawn occupying the planet for some time and ruling it in an attempt to bring back the Empire. However, in the end, the coup is ultimately a failure and ends in Thrawn’s defeat.
In The Mandalorian’s second season, it’s shown that Ahsoka Tano is hunting for Thrawn. Right now, a new theory says that she might be ultimately looking for Ezra Bridger. But that’s just speculation for now. Whether she is looking for Bridger or not, her goal right now is to find Thrawn.
The Imperial leader has vanished without trace several years after the first Death Star got destroyed. The finale of Star Wars Rebels pretty much said this.
As such, no one knows Thrawn’s whereabouts right now. However, it’s possible that in season 3 or another upcoming season of The Mandalorian, the showrunners could adapt the Siege of Coruscant storyline from The Last Command.
After all, the makers of Star Wars live-action, as well as animated shows, have shown that they love using Legends material and making it canon. And there is no better example of this than Thrawn himself. Now, the seige takes place in 9 ABY. So the timelines of The Mandalorian, as well as that of the book, are definitely similar.
Obviously, it’s not possible to exactly adapt the book since Disney canon and Legends are different. But The Mandalorian can welcome Coruscant back into live-action for a climactic battle against Thrawn. Will it happen? It’s definitely possible.
After all, Dave Filoni has already teased that a Luke and Ahsoka battle might happen in season 3 of The Mandalorian. So with Ahsoka looking for Thrawn, it might come full circle with the seige being depicted in the hit Disney+ show. However, right now, it’s a game of waiting and watching.
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