The latest Star Wars comic was an action-packed rescue mission featuring everyone’s favorite astromech. And though R2-D2 might have proven itself to be the deadliest droid in the galaxy, the comic might have teased the survival of his competition.
The reprogrammed Imperial security droid known as K-2SO was a fan favorite in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but he met his end while locking down the data vault to help Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor locate the Death Star plans.
But droids can be repaired, as we learned in Empire Strikes Back, and the issue might have given fans their first glimpse of K-2SO after the events of Rogue One.
In the comic, R2-D2 mounts a one-droid mission to rescue C-3PO from an Imperial Star Destroyer. The protocol droid was previously captured after a failed raid on a Rebel base, and the Empire planned to interrogate and extract information about the Alliance from him.
R2 manages to make its way on the ship and become a formidable threat, constantly tricking squads of Stormtroopers to take out each other and other droids. One such droid is an Imperial security unit who speaks suspiciously like K-2SO.
Check out the scene below.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story goes out of its way to stress how unique K-2SO is, especially because of his reprogramming. When he pretends to be escorting prisoners in Jedha, the other Stormtroopers are bewildered at his personality being unlike other droids of the same model.
So could this droid actually be K-2SO? It’s not out of the question, especially considering that droids can be rebuilt and restored. K-2SO could have been retrieved before Jedha’s destruction, and then repaired to functioning condition. It’s even more likely if the Empire wanted to learn about the Rebel cell that managed to sneak into their fortified base and how they accomplished their mission.
Rebuilding and interrogating K-2SO, or even scanning his memory drives, is a practical response to the Rebels attack on Scarif. But if that was K-2 on the ship, the next question is why was he there?
Kieron Gillen is replacing Jason Aaron on the comic with issue #38 in a storyline where Luke and Leia learn about the events of Rogue One. Maybe the Imperial-turned-Rebel droid will show up there?
Star Wars #36 is available now.
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