When the plot of The Mandalorian shifted from episodic adventure to an ongoing quest to return young Grogu, better known as “Baby Yoda," to his people, fans were left with lots of questions, chief among them, "Are there many Jedi still alive to take him?" Unfortunately, given The Mandalorian's timeframe, there just aren’t that many former Jedi roaming the galaxy to step into the role of mentor, especially after Ahsoka Tano turned the job down to track down Grand Admiral Thrawn.
The number of Jedi still out there after Order 66 and the subsequent purge is slim, especially when considering only the new, official Disney canon. Previously, the Star Wars Expanded Universe included so many surviving Jedi that one seriously questioned the effectiveness of Order 66, but now, the list is down to around a dozen, and the number willing to take in Grogu is dwindling by the episode.
Cal Kestis, The Protagonist Of ‘Fallen Order,’ Hasn’t Croaked YetPhoto: Electronic Arts
Cal Kestis, the protagonist and primary playable character of Jedi: Fallen Order, was a Padawan training under Jedi Master Jaro Tapal at the time of Order 66. Tapal sacrificed himself to save Kestis, and the young Jedi went into hiding thereafter, until an encounter with the Inquisitors brought him out of the shadows and into the earliest rebellion against the Galactic Empire.
Cal eventually came to train under a new master, Cere Junda, becoming a Jedi Knight and surviving a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader by the skin of his teeth about five years after Revenge of the Sith. What happened to Kestis and Junda in the nearly 25 years between then and The Mandalorian is unknown, but one or both could definitely still be out there.15257Good 'Mandalorian' addition?
Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis Hid From The Empire And Is Still Off The RadarPhoto: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
Save for Yoda and perhaps Obi Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis is undoubtedly the highest-profile Jedi to survive the Purge. An active and respected member of the High Council when Order 66 was enacted, Rancisis somehow managed to escape unharmed, going into hiding. There he remained, though legions of Inquisitors hunted him across the galaxy.
Best known for warning against the induction of Anakin Skywalker (if not his outrageous amount of facial hair), Oppo was also wise enough to stay off the Empire’s radar for the entirety of its reign. As of The Mandalorian, he’s still missing and, given his advanced age, may reasonably be presumed deceased. If not, it’s worth noting that his Jedi Master was Yaddle, the only other known member of Yoda and Grogu’s species. Oppo Rancisis taking on Grogu as a Padawan would have a fair bit of poetry to it.12064Good 'Mandalorian' addition?
- Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
Aside from Yoda and Grogu, the only other known member of their unnamed species is Yaddle, a Jedi Master who served on the High Council during the time of The Phantom Menace. Between then and Attack of the Clones, Yaddle retired and removed herself from all Jedi affairs, despite being more than 400 years younger than fellow councilmember Yoda.
The pre-Disney extended canon, now referred to as “Legends,” told the tale of Yaddle’s brave demise in the Clone Wars, sacrificing herself to absorb a chemical weapon and save civilians. That continuity no longer applies, however, meaning that Yaddle’s current fate is unknown, though stories are told of her surviving at least beyond Order 66. Master Yoda lived to be almost 900 years old, so Yaddle could be in the prime of her life by the time of The Mandalorian and maybe even still spry enough to mentor Grogu.10070Good 'Mandalorian' addition?
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Sometime between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Leia Organa cultivated some rather impressive Force abilities - enough so that she could literally propel herself through the void of space and pass some insight onto Rey. Given that The Mandalorian takes place in that post-Return period, it stands to reason that Leia has already begun her Jedi training.
In fact, the extended canon confirms that Luke Skywalker started teaching his twin sister the ways of the Force shortly after the Battle of Endor, and that she was a quick study, picking up most of the basics in a few short weeks. Then, Leia had a vision of her unborn son, Ben Solo, perishing if she were to complete her Jedi training, so she turned in her lightsaber and quit on the spot, returning to politics. Thus, by the time of The Mandalorian, Organa - going by Leia Solo - is still just a Padawan, and a lapsed one at that.9887Good 'Mandalorian' addition?