“Star Wars” first introduced Wullf Yularen in “A New Hope” as a senior Imperial officer aboard the Death Star, though he never said a word. It wasn’t until The Clone Wars, where he was more prominent, that fans began to get a better understanding of the character.
Yularen is an interesting character because he is one of the few who served both the Republic and the Empire and quickly swore allegiance to Emperor Palpatine after his takeover. During the Clone Wars, Yularen served alongside General Anakin Skywalker, assisting him in the hunt for General Grievous and other battles. Yularen has close ties to notable characters such as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Emperor Palpatine. “Andor” suggests he was with the character who discussed the Aldhani attack with the Sith Lord.
Star Wars fans were quick to flood Twitter with posts about Yularen’s surprise appearance in Andor. Many users like GenericDanielle, were initially confused as to whether actor Malcolm Sinclair was actually playing Yularen, but the episode’s credits later confirmed it. Fans couldn’t get enough of the quick cameo appearances of the Clone Wars and Rebels characters. MaceAhWindu said, “It makes sense that Yularen comes across as extremely cold and intimidating. You don’t become director of the Imperial Security Bureau by being a nice old man. The Empire corrupts everyone, even those who don’t appear evil. They still contribute to his reign.”
Other “Andor” fans wondered what his inclusion might mean for the future of live-action Star Wars. extro_introvert said, “The mere presence of Yularen in ‘Andor’ suggests a Thrawn aesthetic.” Sams_Takeover echoed that sentiment, saying that the character’s inclusion in Andor brings Star Wars one step closer to a live-action Thrawn and suggests a possible Krennic appearance in the future.