When the first chapter of ‘The Mandalorian’ came to a close, it ended with a bang. We were introduced to what will likely be one of the most essential characters in the series, which came as a complete surprise to viewers. Someway, somehow, an
The new character has a massive tie-in to the franchise overall and will likely be allowing us to finally learn more about a beloved previous “Star Wars” character.
There are, of course, spoilers below.
Yes, I just threw the image of Ashoka in to mess with you. We’re not talking about her here.
Instead, we’ve got our first little green man since Yoda, and with so few details of his race explained away in what is now thought of as canon, there is a lot of potential here for mythology building. The Mandalorian himself seemed shocked at who he was hunting down, and it isn’t clear if it is because the alien appears to be a baby or if the race is a rare one in the universe.
Either way, Favreau was happy to explain:
“I wanted to surprise people, and I wanted to—well there are bigger arcs that go through the whole season and the whole throw of the show. So as fun as it is to reveal new characters and surprise them, it also fits into a larger narrative about what’s going on in the galaxy after the revolution, and this is an important character.”
I think anyone who was watching as “Chapter 1” came to a close was quite happily surprised with what ended up on the screen.
While Lucasfilm does a good job of holding back quite a few reveals, with how important it sounds like this creature (who happens to be the same race as Yoda) will be moving forward, it feels almost impossible we hadn’t learned of his inclusion earlier. Which is exactly what the executive producer was hoping for:
“What I’m most proud of is that we surprised people. You know how hard that is to do that nowadays? And what type of commitment it took from everybody who was on set and from the studio to hide all the clues that people, especially Star Wars fans, normally tap into? Looking into toy catalogs, looking into marketing materials, looking into style guides, photography, and the fact that that secret was kept is incredible. It is exciting. It’s fun because people are so happy when they’re surprised. They’re not used to being surprised now—not in a good way (laughs).”
We’ll have to wait to see how the alien will factor into the overall story. With only 8-episodes to look forward to in the first season, it shouldn’t take us long to get a better idea of what to expect.
Were you surprised when a baby related to Yoda appeared at the end of ‘The Mandalorian’? Do you think that we’ll learn more about the race? Any theories on why the character is so important? Share your thoughts in the comments below!