Is This Guy Wearing Jeans In 'The Mandalorian' the Next Great Star Wars Villain?

Brady Langmann
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Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

From Esquire

Behind every Star Wars villain, there’s usually a Wizard of Oz-esque, much bigger, badder, Dark side-ier villain behind the curtain. Snoke, Darth Maul (circa Solo, RIP), Emperor Palpatine, then… Clone Emperor Grandpappy Palpatine? (Don’t have the energy for that one today.)

In Disney+’s The Mandalorian, by all accounts, it’s Moff Gideon, the Darksaber-wielding Imperial stalwart hellbent on collecting Baby Yoda blood. At least we thought so, until last week’s episode. “The Siege,” which saw Mando, Greef Karga, and Cara Dune bust up an Imperial laboratory. How stupid we were. Around the middle of the episode if you zoom in to the lower-left corner of a shot of Team Mando-Karga-Dune blastin’ up some Stormtroopers, you’ll see him. Seemingly the left half of a rogue crew member—T-shirt, watch, jeans—watching The Mandalorian unfold like the show is his own personal Shakespeare theater.

Naturally, Star Wars fans let the gags fly—this creature is Jar Jar! Look at him as an action figure! Cute. But no. Here at Esquire, we know a threat when we see it.

The Jeansed One just might have announced himself as the big bad of Star Wars. He’s been lurking in corridors for a very long time now—as long as Star Wars has been Star Wars, in fact, which makes his appearance in The Mandalorian a reveal nearly a half century in the making. His watch is an instrument of chaos; the press of one or two buttons will explode a planet you’ve never heard of. The Jeans protect him, able to withstand the brunt of a thousand blasters and a swipe of a lightsaber. Someday, whether it’s Season Five of The Mandalorian, or Star Wars XXXVIII: The Resurrection What We Thought Was Once the End of Skywalker, he will claim his rightful place on the throne and rule the galaxy, once and for all.

Whatever you do, don’t show this story to the Jeansed One. He’s watching you, too.

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