So far,The Mandalorian has not required casual viewers to become hardcore Star Wars fans. Fans who believed that Baby Yoda might actually be Yoda weren’t punished for a gross misunderstanding of the (admittedly confusing) Star Wars timeline. But for diehards, the promise of Mandalorian Season 2 is that it will actually start to play in the Star Wars canon sandbox a little more overtly. We know the Jedi will probably appear. We saw some more X-wings. There are hints we will find Baby Yoda’s “people.”
And among all of that, there’s a snowy planet which seems to recall another snow planet in the Star Wars mythos. But which one? Is this snow planet actually Ilum? Hoth? Or is it somewhere else?
If “The Child” and Din Djarin have made the trip to Ilum to, this could be a big deal. Here’s why.
First introduced in The Clone Wars, the planet Ilum is the place where you can find the most Kyber Crystals in the entire galaxy. The Jedi constructed a pretty significant temple there because it was a good place to build your lightsaber. In the pre-Empire era, Ahsoka took younglings to Ilum to build their first lightsabers, and it’s heavily implied that most other Jedi do the same thing. Post-Clone Wars, the Empire took over Ilum and used the Kyber Crystals to give power both Death Stars. After that, the First Order eventually turned the entire planet into Starkiller Base, using the remaining Kyber Crystals to make the long-distance planet-destroying weapon we saw in The Force Awakens.
This last little detail was considered only a fan theory until 2019. In the book The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, the idea that Ilum eventually became Starkiller Base was confirmed outright.