When it comes to Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian, Making Star Wars‘s Jason Ward has been absolutely crushing it with news, reports, and photos from the set.
One of the more recent photos, released on Thursday, is particularly interesting: MSW got a photo of two stormtroopers on set of the show.
As a refresher, what we know about the show is that it will be set a few years following the Battle of Endor and will focus on a Mandalorian in the far reaches of the galaxy. So the show is set after the fall of the Empire and well before the rise of the First Order, and it doesn’t sound like it’ll focus a ton on the New Republic, either (at least initially).
But MSW has been mentioning that there might be stormtroopers involved, and now they’ve got photo evidence backing them up. At the very least, it looks like we’ll be seeing Imperial troopers show up in The Mandalorian.
Here’s why I find it interesting: might we see some of the remnants of the Empire on the far reaches of space? Even though the Galactic Concordance has been signed, it is possible that not all of the Imperial troopers and/or officers are as interested in neutrality, peace, etc. as others. I think it would be interesting to see a rogue Imperial Moff, for instance, leading a small segment of Imperial troopers who still want to try to establish whatever authority they can. It would be a cool side-plot to explore how Imperials are processing the fall of the Empire.
Anyway, it seems that we now have legitimate evidence that stormtroopers will be showing up in The Mandalorian. And that expands our ideas even further as to what the show could do and what stories it could tell.