With Death Troopers potentially spotted on the set of The Mandalorian, we take a look at why the elite squad would be in the live-action TV series.
The Mandalorian has received a lot of buzz lately with the announcements of two main actors as being part of the Star Wars live-action TV series. Currently, the series is in principle photography. The crew is getting some early shots, setting up sets and props. Soon, we should get more information because things should start moving along very quickly.
Making Star Wars has had a lot good info about the show. It had the first leak of Pascal as the lead for The Mandalorian, and has been able to get images from the set. In its latest update, MSW managed to snag some photos of what look to be Death Troopers on set.
Now, remember, The Mandalorian takes place after Return of the Jedi, but before The Force Awakens. That is a big time gap, but that’s part of what makes the Death Troopers very interesting – the Empire has collapsed and the First Order has yet to take its place as the aggressor in the galaxy.
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So why would Death Troopers be on the set?
Death Troopers are generally used to guard high-value Imperial assets from people to super important targets.
Just because the Empire has collapsed doesn’t mean it’s been wiped out, nor its ideology. We see in Bloodline there still sympathizers of the Empire within the New Republic just waiting for their chance to raise to power.
So, if The Mandalorian takes place after Return of the Jedi, and likely after the Battle of Jakku, it makes us wonder what the Death troopers could be guarding. We’ve seen the Death Troopers in Rogue One, guarding Krennic, and Star Wars: Rebels guarding Thrawn.
There are several options such as other high-level Imperials such as Brendol Hux (Armitage’s Hux father) or even everyone’s favorite blue alien Admiral Thrawn, whose fate we don’t know of yet.
Brendol Hux could certainly be a good candidate for appearing in The Mandalorian. He escaped to the Unknown Region with his child soldiers, including his son who would go on to be a high-ranking officer in the First Order.
Photo credit: Kanan 12, The First Blood, Epilogue: The Ties That Bind. Jordan D. White/Marvel Comics
However, another possible person could be Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. She was an asset for the flailing empire with Gallius Rax using her to do his bidding. She was loyal to the empire and eventually escaped with Hux to the Unknown Regions. She rose in the First Order, but didn’t get as high as Snoke as its leader.
It may also be an Imperial general that doesn’t matter much in name as we have to consider the Mandalorian might be a bounty hunter dispatched to get rid of the remnants of the Imperial army (of which he would have done a bad job because the First Order exists).
Or perhaps the question isn’t who are they, but what are they guarding?
With the Empire essentially broken, it would have to save everything it had at its disposable by this point. The Death Troopers could be guarding a fleet, a lab or anything else the fledgling First Order deemed important.
There is still so much we don’t know about The Mandalorian, but we can speculate and wonder just how this all will fit together.
The Mandalorian is expected to premiere on Disney+ next year.