In the event you simply watched The Mandalorian Chapter 16 (and if you have not, why are you right here?), take a second to catch your breath.
And now, let’s scream collectively. About LUKE FREAKING SKYWALKER.
The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale, “The Rescue” would have taken a a lot darker flip and required a completely totally different title if it weren’t for the eleventh-hour arrival of the galaxy’s strongest Jedi. When Din and his allies are about to face a complete platoon of Darkish Troopers (after we watched simply ONE of them beat the hell out of him), they all of the sudden cease upon the arrival of a mysterious X-wing. A sole, hooded determine disembarks and proceeds to demolish trooper after trooper with a inexperienced lightsaber — and a gloved robotic hand.
Gotta scream once more, brb!!!
Regardless of getting deeper into the Star Wars canon and legends this season, The Mandalorian nonetheless retains its distance from the Skywalker saga movies. Introducing Boba Fett was the closest we have gotten, and with a brand new actor donning that discovered beskar (the unique actor, Jeremy Bulloch, handed away on Thursday). In a pre-Rogue One world, there can be no query of Luke staying hooded and silent, interacting with Din and his crew as little as attainable earlier than dropping the mic on his cameo.
However this isn’t that world.
After that magnificent takedown of the Darkish Troopers, Luke enters the cockpit and removes his hood, revealing a digital recreation of younger Mark Hamill, circa Return of the Jedi (The Mandalorian takes place roughly 4 years later). He by no means utters his title, however invokes the Power and the Jedi, telling Din that he should take Grogu to coach him. Luke’s mere presence on this scene imbues it the magic of the unique trilogy, putting an emotional chord that can resonate with each type of Star Wars fan.
After which, in essentially the most wrenching scene of The Mandalorian thus far, Din agrees. It is time for Grogu to depart. “I will see you once more,” he says, taking the infant in his arms. “I promise.” Grogu reaches for Din’s face, and he removes his helmet to look tearfully upon the face that modified him endlessly. And but, the tears are on my face.
(Minor critique right here: HUG THE BABY.)
Luke leaves with Grogu within the episode’s last moments…however what precisely is the kid going towards? We’ve infinite questions on Grogu’s previous and future, and his relationship to the Power and Jedi all through.
When Grogu turns his head upon Luke’s arrival, it is as a result of he senses a formidably highly effective Jedi. However when he watches Luke on the safety feed, taking down trooper after trooper along with his lightsaber, the picture additionally calls again to the newly-minted Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith, when massacred younglings on the Jedi temple on Coruscant. Grogu escaped that horrific occasion, nevertheless it nonetheless plunged his life into darkness, in accordance with Ahsoka in episode 5.
Which brings us to the hazard on the horizon. Roughly 20 years from now, Luke Skywalker’s toddling Jedi academy shall be decimated after he senses the darkish facet in his nephew, Ben Solo, and a misunderstanding between the 2 of them (beneficiant evaluation, admittedly) results in Ben destroying the temple and all its college students.
The thought that Grogu is embarking on a path that can lead him to this destiny is solely insufferable, so we’re left to marvel how our favourite little foundling will get away. Grogu shall be a fully-formed Jedi by that point so he would not essentially be on the academy — however then again, padawans want masters, so he may simply as simply be current throughout Ben’s combustion.
And 20 years is a very long time (although perhaps to not a yodling). Simply think about the adventures Luke and Grogu may rise up to in that point! Will they take a pilgrimage to Dagobah? Will Grogu be taught to speak? Will he escape the younger Kylo massacre and shock Din with a “Your son, I’m”??
Usually, we might discover out subsequent season. However that is a whole other story…
The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+.