THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE INCLUDES SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS EPISODES OF THE MANDALORIAN
Disney+ dropped Chapter 7 of The Mandalorian early this week, mainly, because of the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker happening on Friday (Disney likely didn’t want a second reason for people to be streaming during the opening weekend).
Well, in the latest episode directed by Deborah Chow we finally get the reveal of Imperial villain Moff Gideon played by Giancarlo Esposito’s (Breaking Bad, Do The Right Thing).
The episode starts off with Greff Carga (played by Carl Weathers) offering a deal to Mando that if he kills The Client (played by The Client) the Guild will forget everything that happened previously and leave Baby Yoda alone, he agrees. This new deal leads Mando to assemble Cara Dune (played by Gina Carano), Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte), and a newly reprogrammed IG-11 (voiced by Taika Waititi).
However, Mando is still not convinced that IG-11 can be trusted around Baby Yoda and keeps him on the Razorcrest.
Kuill suggests there has been a decent passage of time between Episode 2 and Episode 7 as he comments that the baby hasn’t grown much.
Mando meets up with Greef’s team and after a post-dinner scuffle with some flying nocturnal predators that looked like Pterodactyls, Greef looks to be mortally poisoned by an injury but is healed by Baby Yoda.
This leads to Greef to have a change of heart, killing his own men and pivoting from his original plan to just take the baby, instead, he decides to help them and Kuiil takes the baby back to the Razorcrest.
After hitting a checkpoint they start to realize that Greef downplayed the Stormtrooper presence in the town and surrounding The Client at their meeting spot at the bar.
Moff Gideon seemingly double-crosses The Client (played by Werner Herzog) by killing him alongside his Stormtroopers in an ambush as there are now even more Troopers surrounding the bar.
He lands his Tie-Fighter and finally shows his face.
There seems to be some sort of hints that Gideon might be force sensitive himself or at least have an edge on the team. For whatever reason, he knew the baby wasn’t in the room and felt compelled to attempt to kill everyone in the bar.
Kuiil looks to have been killed by bike troopers and the baby scooped up by them to return to Moff Gideon. The episode ends abruptly as the second-half will be explored in the next one.
Dave Reaves plays the Zabrak fighter who is tussling with Cara Dune and comedian Adam Pally (Sonic The Hedgehog, Happy Endings, The Mindy Project, Iron Man 3) plays Bike Scout Trooper #2.
It’ll be interesting if IG-11 ends up coming to saving the pair of them as we’ve seen previous footage of him shooting up Stormtroopers. That would certainly end Mando’s distrust of droids and specifically IG-11.
Deborah Chow seems to be behind some of the better episodes in the series and it clearly shows why she was picked to direct the Kenobi show starring Ewan McGregor next (begins filming in the summer).
Episode 8 dropping on December 27th will be the final episode and ending Episode 7 on a cliffhanger was expected.
Luckily, while Episode 8 will end the first season, Jon Favreau and Lucasfilm are officially working on the second season already.