The Mandalorian Season 2: New Promotional Image Features Star Wars Rebels Cruiser

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
Star Wars Rebels characters, The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian Season 2 has been throwing out Easter eggs and callbacks to the larger Skywalker Saga left and right, giving fans a chance to rediscover earlier characters and locations that defined the famous space epic. Coming off a successful first season, the hit Disney+ series is off to a good start, providing fans with the confirmation of Boba Fett's return as well as further exploring the dynamic of Mando and Baby Yoda in a whole new light. 

On top of that, The Mandalorian Season 2 appears poised to be much bigger in scope than the debut season, with the opportunity to reintroduce characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels such as Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren, respectively, in a surprising way. Several rumors about the involvement of the aforementioned characters have been swirling around social media in the past months, but this was further amplified by a previous tease straight from Disney+. 

Now, new promotional material might offer a strong connection regarding the arrival of those notable characters from the animated series. 


Reddit user Feywatch uncovered a new release from Topps which featured a brand new The Mandalorian Season 2 trading card. The new design showcased an "an Arquitens-class command cruiser" which is a ship that was originally created for the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. 

The Mandalorian Season 2 Static Series
From Topps 

It was also revealed that the trading card is from a new set from Topps called The Mandalorian Static Series 2

The presence of an Arquitens-class command cruiser in The Mandalorian Season 2 isn't a surprising addition in the show's lore, especially after revealing that there are still remants of the Empire that are lurking in the shadows. In a way, this could potentially hint that this specific ship could very well be Moff Gideon's base of operations. 

The last time fans saw Gideon was on Nevarro, after being defeated by Mando. There's a strong chance that future episodes of Season 2 could provide a flashback on how Gideon was transported off the planet, and this command cruiser could eventually be featured in that sequence. 

In conjunction with that, previous reports also suggest that Bo-Katan, the previous wielder of the Darksaber, will be joining The Mandalorian Season 2. By connecting the dots, it's possible that Bo-Katan is currently being held captive in the command cruiser, which could explain how Gideon was able to obtain the Darksaber. 

Whatever the case, the inclusion of this specific command cruiser presents a vast amount of narrative possibilities that The Mandalorian Season 2 is poised to answer in the forthcoming episodes. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.