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.
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Following his heroic actions in the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker set about rebuilding the Jedi Order from scratch. During the events of The Mandalorian, set less than five years after the destruction of the second Death Star, Skywalker is presumably quite busy traveling the galaxy, searching far, far, and wide for ancient knowledge and young Force-wielders to recruit.
Given that Din Djarin is on a quest to find a mentor for Grogu, and Luke is on a quest to find young Jedi to mentor, this may seem at first like a match made in Cloud City. Given that Skywalker’s new Jedi Order ultimately ends up being destroyed by the Knights of Ren, however, fans can be forgiven if they hope for someone else to take the beloved Baby Yoda under their wing.26794Good 'Mandalorian' addition?
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Ahsoka Tano might just be the most active Jedi alive during the time of The Mandalorian. That she is active isn’t in doubt; Ahsoka’s one-person rampage on the forest planet of Corvus in search of Grand Admiral Thrawn is proof of that. It is her status as Jedi that is in question.
Tano infamously parted ways with the Jedi Order during the course of the Clone Wars after the council showed a disturbing lack of faith in her. She returned to fight alongside the Jedi for the Siege of Mandalore, but Order 66 was enacted before she had a chance to be formally reinducted. Though Ahsoka’s official alignment remains ambiguous, her actions thereafter embody the light side of the Force far more than the dark - and she doesn’t seem to mind much when Din Djarin explicitly refers to her as a Jedi.
As for now, Ahsoka has snipped short any hopes of her serving as Grogu’s master, but never say never.305117Good 'Mandalorian' addition?
Ezra Bridger’s Whereabouts Are Currently UnknownPhoto: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD
Ezra Bridger is the protagonist of Star Wars: Rebels, a clever young Lothalite who came under the tutelage of the Jedi Kanan Jarrus and quickly displayed a prodigious connection with the Force. In the years before the Battle of Yavin, Ezra and his crewmates aided the early rebellion, giving him the opportunity to achieve several impressive Force feats: battling Siths like Vader and Maul, taming Loth-wolves, and rescuing Ahsoka Tano through the World Between Worlds.
In the same year as the destruction of the first Death Star, Bridger freed his planet from the occupation of Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Empire. Unfortunately, he did so by Force-hijacking a pod of hyperspace-traveling whales and blasting himself and Thrawn deep into the Unknown Regions. The fact that Ahsoka Tano is looking for Thrawn around the time of The Mandalorian suggests that the Grand Admiral found a way to make it back to the galaxy far, far away - so could Ezra be far behind? If Ezra has survived all this time, he would be of the perfect age and temperament to mentor Grogu.24292Good 'Mandalorian' addition?
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.16158Good 'Mandalorian' addition?