The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 5, entitled “The Jedi,” gave fans a couple of things they had been long waiting for, including a live-action appearance by beloved character Ahsoka Tano, and finally an official name for Baby Yoda. But if you were hoping that Mando’s ongoing quest to reunite Baby Yoda (henceforth known as… uh… Grogu) with the Jedi would reach its end after weeks of planet-hopping and sidequests, sorry. To coin a phrase: thank you, Mando, but our princess is in another castle.
In the episode’s closing scene, Ahsoka Tano directs Mando and Grogu to the planet Tython. This name might not have been familiar to a lot of viewers—it doesn’t pop up in the on-screen canon as frequently as Tatooine, Alderaan or Coruscant—but it is highly significant in the wider Star Wars lore.
According to the Star Wars Legends extended universe of novels and comic books, which are no longer technically canon but which the franchise continues to borrow from (see also: Grand Admiral Thrawn), the planet Tython was the home world of the Jedi.
A run of comics called Dawn of the Jedi provides an origin story for the Jedi: eight spacefaring probes known as ‘Tho Yor’ ventured out into the cosmos to eight different planets. Moved by instinct, the inhabitants of these planets boarded the Tho Yor and were transported to a world at the center of the galaxy: Tython. There, they learned how to wield the planet’s intense energy field—now known as the Force—and they formed an order called the Je’daii based on the principle of constant balance between light and dark, as embodied in the orbit of Tython’s two moons.
All of which is to say that when Mando and Baby Yoda arrive on Tython, it is highly likely that the Force-sensitive Baby Yoda will innately respond to the place, and that they will run into the Jedi masters who remain there. Some fans are even speculating that the introduction of Tython could mean a cameo from the original trilogy’s lone surviving Jedi, Luke Skywalker.
This recent video from the Star Wars Theory YouTube channel sums up the history of Tython and the role it has played in the franchise’s sprawling mythology:
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