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‘The Mandalorian’ is heading to Tython. What is it?

‘Star Wars’ has now introduced Tython into the canon. Here’s what we know about it.

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A Sith Lord and Jedi Knight clash in “Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

A Sith Lord and Jedi Knight clash in “Star Wars: The Old Republic.”


Warning: Spoilers for “The Mandalorian” season 2’s fifth episode, ‘The Jedi’

“Star Wars: The Mandalorian” has introduced an old “Star Wars Legends” planet back into the canon with the planet Tython.

What’s going on?

In the fifth episode of the season, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Grogu (Baby Yoda) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) team up to take down the leaders of the city Calodan on the planet Corvus.

Ahsoka tells Din and Baby Yoda to head to the planet Tython, which is believed to have one of the first Jedi Temples in the galaxy.

  • “If he reaches out through the Force, there’s a chance a Jedi may sense his presence and come searching for him,” Ahsoka said in the episode. “Then again, there aren’t many Jedi left.”

What is Tython?

Tython has a rather storied history in the “Star Wars” universe, beginning back in the pre-Disney “Star Wars” novels that have now been dubbed “Legends” material and not apart of the canon. The temple appears in the “Star Wars: The Old Republic” video game with a Jedi Temple.

The planet was introduced in the book “Darth Bane: Rule of Two” by Drew Karpyshyn. Later, it appeared in the comic series “Dawn of the Jedi” by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema.

More than 36,000 years before “Star Wars: A New Hope,” massive pyramid ships arrived on Tython, bringing a new civilization there. The people leaving there used the Force and started the Je’daii Order. Sound familiar?

Tython has two moons — Ashla and Bogan — which was a representation of the dark and light side of the Force (Ahsla is light, Bogan is dark), according to Den of Geek. The order believed that balancing both sides was important. If someone strayed too far to one side, they’d be sent to the other side’s moon to have balanced restored, Den of Geek reports.

A civil war broke out when the two sides became too polarized to handle each other. The soliders representing the light side of the Force won. But they left Tython to explore the galaxy and created the Jedi Knights.

Most recently, Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra brought Darth Vader to Tython to slow him from finding the Rebel base on Hoth. The Empire was ambushed there at the time.

What’s old is new again

This would not be the first time that “The Mandalorian” brings something from the older canon back into the new canon. For example, Tano also references Grand Admiral Thrawn in the latest episode. Thrawn was a legends character before he was added to “Star Wars Rebels” series and given his own book series under the Disney label.

Most recently, “The Mandalorian” showed Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) with a legion of Dark Troopers, who existed in a 1995 “Star Wars” video game, too.