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The Mandalorian Reveals a Surprise Star Wars Rebels Cameo (No, Not THAT One)

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 10: The Passenger,” streaming now on Disney+.

The Mandalorian loves to introduce new characters and old favorites, and fans thrive on guessing what will come next for Din Djarin and The Child. Many of those theories hinge on how much The Mandalorian will connect to previous series like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The latest episode of the show, “The Passenger,” gives fans a new major tie-in, but in a way that chatters the teeth of every arachnophobic Star Wars fan: the live-action debut of the spider-like krykna.

The krykna were once an old piece of unused Star Wars lore. Legendary concept designer Ralph McQuarrie created a “knobby white spider” for the swamps of Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. The creature went unused in canon but showed up in some Legends works like Kevin J. Anderson’s Darksaber novel and as a miniature for the tabletop role-playing game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

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Then it showed up in the second season of Star Wars Rebels, which took the crew of the Ghost to an uncharted planet named Atollon. Seeking a safe place to establish a Rebel base, Atollon seemed perfect. Chopper Base was established without a hitch — until a rash of disappearances led the team to the discovery of the planet’s dominant predator species, the krykna. The underground tunnels of Atollon were overrun with the blaster-resistant arachnids, and Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus was filled with fear and loathing at the horror of their presence. The krykna eventually become a lesson for Kanan and his Padawan, Ezra Bridger, in how to deepen their connection with the Force and confront their negative emotions. Read from source….