THIS CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE MANDALORIAN SEASON FINALE
Well, it’s finally come to a close as Episode 8/season finale dropped today on Disney+.
Here’s a rundown of what happened in the finale episode of Season 1 directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Love & Thunder).
The opening sequence is the two Bike Scout Troopers (voiced by Adam Pally and Jason Sudeikis) that have recovered the child are waiting for orders and then IG-11 takes them out after they refuse to hand over the child to him, calling himself his nurse droid.
Meanwhile, Greef, Mando, and Cara Dune are still surrounded by troopers under the command of Moff Gideon, who seems to know the three characters’ history/backstories for some reason.
It’s revealed that “Mandalorian isn’t a race it’s a creed”.
Also, the correct spelling of Mando’s name is Din Djarin and his origin is further explained.
Din as a child was rescued by a group of Mandalorian soldiers which are seemingly Death Watch from Clone Wars, who arrived to his village to help stop the droids from killing his people and was adopted by them.
The actor playing the Mandalorian that rescues Din happens to be Brendan Wayne, the grandson of iconic actor John Wayne.
Alexandra Manea and Bernard Bullen playing Din’s parents, who are killed by the droids.
IG-11 on a stolen Imperial speeder bike comes to Navarro guns blazing while the child is being held in some Star Wars version of a Baby Bjorn.
Djarin is injured during a shootout with the Imperial forces and Baby Yoda uses his force powers to stop a trooper from burning them to a cinder, passing out afterwards.
IG-11 takes off Mando’s helmet off and we finally see Djarin’s face (Pedro Pascal) as the droid attempts to use medical assistance to help save his life.
While in the tunnels they discover a pile of Mandalorian armor (Imperial forces killing a bunch of them after they were discovered) and The Armorer (Emily Swallow) remains to salvage the fallen’s armor.
The Armorer reveals that Baby Yoda is a Jedi and tells them they have to return the child to other Jedi along with tasking Din Djarin as his father until he’s reunited with his kind (alluded to be Jedi). Also, gifting Mando his own jetpack.
She ends up taking out a small group of Stormtroopers.
IG-11 then sacrifices himself to save the group as he sets off his self-destruct protocols against a group of troopers looking to ambush them at the end of a stream of lava.
However, this doesn’t stop Moff Gideon, who is now piloting his Tie-Fighter. Mando uses his new jetpack to set some explosives on the ship and Moff crashes.
After burying Kuiil (killed by the Bike Scouts in the last episode), Mando and the child return to the Ravencrest and they leave Navarro. The pair also leave Greef and Cara on the planet as they zoom off to the next adventure.
Moff Gideon survives the crash as Jawas are stripping the ship for parts he has in his possession the Darksaber using it cut a hole for them to leave the downed Tie-Fighter. The Darksaber introduced in the Clone Wars cartoon is the object of the leadership of The Mandalorians and was created by Tarre Vizsla (the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order).
It’ll be curious to see what relationship Gideon has to the Mandalorians (along with the Darksaber) and Din Djarin in the next season. There is a good chance that he is himself a Mandalorian or was at one time before removing his helmet/aligning with the Empire.
Another possible theory is that he’s also force-sensitive and the child has some connection to him. I guess some of that stuff could be explained in the future.
Season 2 is officially happening (first reported by HN Entertainment before Star Wars Celebration 2019) with Jon Favreau (returning as showrunner) and Carl Weather set to direct episodes.
An air date for the second season hasn’t been officially announced as the Kenobi and Cassian Andor shows are said to begin shooting in the summer of 2020.