‘The Mandalorian’ Keeps Making Major Links to the Past ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy

“The Mandalorian” continues to draw upon all the tools in the “Star Wars” arsenal, making major connections to earlier chapters in the greater galaxy, deepening its appeal to hardcore fans, with the appearance of two significant figures in the latest episodes linking the show back to the original trilogy and the animated series.

Having already teased his return in the season premiere, Temuera Morrison formalized his role as the bounty hunter Boba Fett — the original wearer of that iconic armor — in an action-packed episode on December 4.

That comes amid a season that has already seen the Disney+ series circle back to the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” reflecting savvy use of existing mythology as the show builds upon its own.

A key ingredient in “The Mandalorian’s” evolution is Dave Filoni, who executive produced the animated series and has joined Jon Favreau in shepherding along this first live-action TV show.

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