Who Is the Mysterious Hooded Figure In the New The Mandalorian Trailer?

Sasha Banks in The Mandalorian.
Sasha Banks in The Mandalorian.
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Earlier this week, a trailer dropped for season 2 of The Mandalorian, Disney+'s hit live-action Star Wars series, and it was pretty spectacular:

There are lots of great scenes in there, from the Razor Crest flying alongside X-Wings to Baby Yoda encasing himself in his little floating pram while Mando Daddy Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) takes care of some bad guys.

But the trailer also leaves viewers with plenty of questions. For instance, the first season ended with Mando deciding to travel the galaxy with Baby Yoda looking for his people, whom we have never met in the history of the Star Wars saga. But according to the conversation between Mando and the Armorer (Emily Swallow), it sounds like Mando is actually going to deliver the Child to the Jedi—or at least what’s left of them.

“The songs of eons past tell of battles between Mandalore The Great, and an order of sorcerers called Jedi that fought with such powers,” the Armorer says. “You expect me to search the galaxy and deliver this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers?” Mando fires back.

It’s interesting to hear the Jedi described as “enemy sorcerers,” but it’s true that the Mandalorians did fight against the Jedi in times of old, so it's not all that surprising that they don’t have the best relationship. What's also important to remember is that at the time The Mandalorian is set—which is after Return of the Jedi but before The Force Awakens—there aren’t many Jedi left in the galaxy, so Mando’s search will be tricky indeed.

But do we see one in the trailer? Right as Mando and the Armorer are having their conversation, we see a hooded figure appear in the midst of a crowded city, and as people walk in front of her, she suddenly vanishes.

It definitely seems like a Jedi thing to do. Plus, it has been rumored that a beloved Jedi character will show up in The Mandalorian: Ahsoka Tano, a character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels (two other series that have been overseen by The Mandalorian showrunner Dave Filoni) who trained under none other than Anakin Skywalker. (Technically she never finished her training, but we’ll let that slide.) The longtime rumor has been that Rosario Dawson would be taking on the role of Ahsoka in The Mandalorian, but Disney has never confirmed that. So, could this figure be Ahsoka?

Well, probably not, as Ahsoka has orange skin, white facial markings, and a very distinctive blue-and-white striped headpiece that turns into points above her head and flows down in front of her shoulders like braids. However, fans think the figure could be Sabine Wren, an associate of Ahsoka’s, who has also been rumored to appear in The Mandalorian.

Sabine Wren, another character from Star Wars Rebels, is a Mandalorian warrior who helped free her home planet of Mandalore from the grip of the Empire during the Mandalorian Civil War, during the events of the original trilogy. At the end of Star Wars Rebels, she and Ahsoka took off together to find their friend Ezra Bridger, who had vanished into the far reaches of space. Might they cross paths with Mando and Baby Yoda during their search?

If they do, the episode could serve as a backdoor pilot for an Ahsoka Tano show, which has also been heavily rumored. But bringing Ahsoka and Sabine into The Mandalorian wouldn’t just be about building out a new Star Wars TV universe; these two could help Mando on his quest. If he’s looking for the Jedi, Ahsoka might know where to find some. As for Sabine: She has wielded the Darksaber, an ancient Mandalorian weapon now possessed by the vile Moff Gideon, who surely did not come by it honestly. Mando could use all the intel he can get about that weapon before he has to face Moff Gideon in battle.

Whoever the character is, she is being played by professional wrestler Sasha Banks, whose IMDb page confirms her appearance in The Mandalorian's season 2 (though no character name is given). We’ll find out more when The Mandalorian's second season premieres on Disney+ on October 30, 2020.

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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

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4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

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6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

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8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

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A New Documentary Investigates West Virginia’s Infamous Mothman

The Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
The Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
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The continuing impact of the Mothman on Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is hard to overlook. The town plays host to a statue, a museum, and an annual festival that all celebrate the red-eyed flying beast who first showed up on the scene in 1966.

In November of that year, two couples spotted a winged, vaguely man-shaped monster near the so-called “TNT area,” a collection of abandoned bunkers where explosives were stored during World War II. After the Point Pleasant Register reported on their harrowing ordeal, other sightings started rolling in. When nearly four dozen people were killed in a bridge collapse on December 15, 1967, many believed the Mothman was somehow involved.

The infamous cryptid’s popularity endured over the ensuing decades with the help of John Keel’s 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies and the 2002 movie adaptation starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney. While glimpses of the Mothman himself definitely peaked during the ’60s, close encounters with a strange creature in West Virginia still surface to this day.

In his new documentary The Mothman Legacy, director Seth Breedlove delves into the history of the Mothman, investigating its long legacy in Pleasant Point and interviewing more recent eyewitnesses. It’s not Breedlove’s first film on the matter; he also directed 2017’s The Mothman of Point Pleasant, which focuses on the Mothman’s heyday from November 1966 to the bridge catastrophe a year later.

His latest project features Jeff Wamsley, who has written two books on the subject and also founded the town’s Mothman Museum. As The Daily Beast reports, The Mothman Legacy doesn’t exactly try to solve the mystery of the Mothman or debunk all the theories about it. Instead, it’s more of a celebration of the urban legend, complete with spooky CGI reenactments and plenty of eerie accounts of alleged run-ins with the monster. In short, it’s ideal fodder for your Halloween movie marathon—and as narrator Lyle Blackburn points out in the film, “an absence of evidence doesn’t necessarily indicate an evidence of absence.”

The documentary is now available to buy on VOD through Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other streaming platforms.

[h/t The Daily Beast]