By Matthew Wong
Warning: spoilers ahead!
With the end of the second season of The Mandalorian, fans have many things to look forward to in the third season. To recap, the second season of one of Disney+’s most popular shows revolved around transporting Grogu, the Child, or Baby Yoda, back to his kind (the Jedi). There were many new characters, but many old characters from the first season and previous movies made an appearance to the delight of many fans, including me.
Chapter 16 of The Mandalorian, “The Rescue,” is the final episode of the season and is filled with plot progression and narrative resolution. After Mando and his crew fight their way to regain control of Grogu, who was taken hostage by Moff Gideon a few episodes prior, they are trapped by a cohort of Dark Troopers, highly advanced droids. However, a hooded warrior arrives in an X-Wing, a versatile Rebel Alliance starfighter jet, and easily defeats the cohort with… a lightsaber. The mysterious savior confronts Mando and the crew. Finally, removing his hood, a de-aged (thanks to special effects) Luke Skywalker appears, played by Mark Hamill. Mic-drop.
Luke confirms that he is here to take Grogu away, but the child won’t leave Mando without his permission. Mando insists, and in their last embrace, Grogu touches his father’s helmet. Going against his alliance’s code of never taking off the helmet in front of others, Mando reveals his face. This intimate moment tugged at the heartstrings of viewers as the two main characters of the show would be now separated for the foreseeable future. Luke, along with beloved R2-D2, take Grogu and the episode closes out as they leave. This ending leaves the reader satisfied knowing that Mando accomplished his ultimate mission, but also wanting more since they want to know what will happen with the child.
But there’s more! In a mid-credit scene, it is revealed that Boba Fett, who made a few appearances throughout season two, will get his own show: “The Book of Boba Fett,” premiering December 2021, the same time the third season of “The Mandalorian” is set to release.
In the end, the second season of the show significantly expanded its scale and also strengthened its ties to the rest of the Star Wars franchise. It will be a long wait until December when the next season comes out, but when it does, viewers will have their popcorn ready.