Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian
After logging hundreds of thousands of galactic miles, touring multiple planets and leaving a trail of injured or dead enemies in their wake, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu have gone their separate ways. But at least Baby Yoda is in good hand(s). The Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian split up the Lone Wolf and his Cub with the return of a certain Jedi whose name rhymes with “Schmook Piestalker.” That reveal left Star Wars fans picking their jaws up off the floor.
The Mandalorian....my mind is blown
— Lanta (@RGLxntx) December 18, 2020
6am is a weird time to have my mind blown by The Mandalorian finale.
— Travis Fortnum (@travisfortnum) December 18, 2020
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Luke Skywalker making a cameo in The Mandalorian like: pic.twitter.com/SQYkiWKa23
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The closing credits of “The Rescue,” which was directed by Ant-Man helmer Peyton Reed, and written by Jon Favreau, confirmed that Mark Hamill did indeed reprise his role as Darth Vader’s kid, albeit with the aid of that digital de-aging magic last seen in The Rise of Skywalker. And the actor teased Twitter about his return to Star Wars hours after the episode launched.
Seen anything good on TV lately?
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 18, 2020
Summoned by Grogu’s Tython-sent beacon two episodes back, Luke arrived aboard Moff Gideon’s light cruiser at the exact right time. Although the combined might of four Beskar-armored Mandalorians — our pal Din, plus Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff), Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado) and Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) — alongside two kick-ass soldiers, Fennec (Ming-Na Wen) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano) was enough to take out Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) army of human stormtroopoers, they were facing near-certain death at the hands of the cybernetic Dark Troopers. While the killer robots’ first appearance was more reminiscent of Iron Man, this time around they were pure Terminator all the way.
This seemed like a crossover between Star Wars and The Terminator. And I like it 🔥😍#Mandalorian
— 𝕯𝖗. 𝕬𝖆𝖙𝖒𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖗𝖇𝖍𝖆𝖗 𝕭𝖆𝖙𝖒𝖆𝖓 (@Your_Levodopa) December 18, 2020
I'm cool with Terminator Troopers, but never put EDM in Star Wars again #Mandalorian
— Adrian McGraw (@EyeAmAdrian) December 18, 2020
Les dark troopers c'est des Terminator en fait #Mandalorian
— Ximzzz (@Maxime_Faure3) December 18, 2020
why was the final episode of the Mandalorian a better terminator movie then dark fate?
— Breonnick (@BreoAesthetics) December 18, 2020
But then good ol’ Luke (and R2-D2!) came storming in, swinging his lightsaber with one hand and throwing the Force around with the other. Much like Boba Fett’s big return, it was a sequence designed to thrill viewers raised on Luke’s heroic Original Trilogy persona, as opposed to the more grizzled and cynical warrior-monk they encountered in Rian Johnson’s Sequel Trilogy middle chapter, The Last Jedi. Not surprisingly, “The Return” reignited the debate over that controversial film all over again.
I never thought it was possible to hate The Last Jedi Even more... But what an heart warming episode today :') @themandalorian
— Angel Nochez (@AngelNochez) December 18, 2020
It's weird I loved The Last Jedi, second or third best SW movie for me depending on the day, and I know what just happened in the Mandalorian is a continued overcorrection for that but..... I still loved seeing that. Catering to toxic fans is still bad
— CheyWhitey (@Cheywhitey) December 18, 2020
— Filmfan (@Filmfan5) December 18, 2020
The Mandalorian wishes it could be as good as The Last Jedi
— ChefeLee (@refelee844) December 18, 2020
Watching Luke Skywalker in Mandalorian reaffirms my belief that they dropped the ball in The Last Jedi. @HamillHimself as Luke Skywalker became an absolute Jedi badass in ROTJ & you can see that progression in Mandalorian. Just feels wrong for him to then go so badly wrong.
— DanielEMTurner (@DanielEMTurner1) December 18, 2020
We will never get an apology for The Last Jedi from Kathleen Kennedy, nor from The Lucasfilms story group, nor Rian Johnson.
But the season finale of The Mandalorian, The Rescue, was an apology from Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni.
— Skull One. (@Cyclone9650) December 18, 2020
So....you people cheering on the Mandalorian finale and saying "fuck The Last Jedi" and how this..."saves" Star Wars still know that....um....this story still ends with The Last Jedi, right?
Like, fuck yeah, awesome finale.
But it doesn't change or "save" anything.
— Bryan/TheSnowyDM (@thehopelessdm) December 18, 2020
Now that Grogu is reunited with the Jedi, you might think that Mando will be at loose ends. But you’d be wrong: The finale gifts him with a new companion in the form of the Darksaber. Having defeated Moff Gideon in battle, the blade is now Din’s to carry — even though he promised it to Bo-Katan so that she could unite Mandalore’s warring factions behind her as their new ruler. That suggests that he’ll have to leave the solitary life of a bounty hunter behind, and get involved in the affairs of the larger Mandalorian diaspora. It also means we may get more actual face time from Pedro Pascal in the show’s third year as he confronts the possibility of leadership. As another great warrior once said, “Hail to the king, baby.”
Speaking of kings, a post-credits scene reveals that Boba Fett is now Tatooine’s reigning warlord, having assumed control of Jabba the Hutt’s throne and palace. That’s followed by the announcement of yet another Star Wars spinoff series, The Book of Boba Fett, which will debut next December. This is the way... that Disney keeps Star Wars fans re-upping their Disney+ subscriptions.
Boba Fett spinoff officially announced.
The Book of Boba Fett coming next year!
— Daniel Richtman #BlackLivesMatter (@DanielRPK) December 18, 2020
— The Reformed Baker (@baker1689) December 18, 2020
A post credit scene... The Book of Boba Fett. December 2021.
Ok, Disney. You win. Take my money!
— J.I.M. sluggo (@JamesMa32669284) December 18, 2020
The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+.
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