Luckily, Jon Favreau is a deep-cut ‘Star Wars’ fan and he keeps squeezing ridiculously obscure Easter Eggs into ‘The Mandalorian’ to delight longtime, eagle-eyed fans. In “Chapter 3: The Sin,” Mando (whose real name appears to be Dyn Jarren, played by Pedro Pascal) delivers his bounty (a.k.a. “Baby Yoda“) to The Client (Werner Herzog), who pays him by whipping out a certain artifact.
Look familiar? Here is a little throwback:
For those who don’t know, this is an extra from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. During the scene in which Lando Calrissian orders his citizens to evacuate Bespin’s Cloud City, this man is seen fleeing with what appears to be a 1970s home ice cream maker. It’s a quick, meaningless appearance. No one even knows who this extra was, but the idea of a character in ‘Star Wars’ running around with a terrestrial ice cream maker was so absurd, that a mythology grew around him just for kicks.
This character was given the name Willrow Hood, although most people still call him “The Ice Cream Guy” or some similar descriptor, and fans crafted a lengthy backstory for him. Apparently, he was supposed to appear in Marvel Comics’ ‘Shadow of Vader’ comic book which was canceled before its release.
But now, with the third episode of ‘The Mandalorian’, the mystery of The Ice Cream Guy has received something of an explanation, and it doesn’t involve sweet frozen treats. It has now been revealed that this device is basically a lockbox that The Client referred to as a “camtono” in Episode 1. Inside is Mando’s hefty payment for delivering Baby Yoda, stacks on stacks of the metal Beskar which is used to forge his armor. (In Episode One, The Client referred it as a “camtono of Beskar.”)
So Willrow Hood wasn’t desperate to save his beloved ice cream maker in ‘Empire’, he was fleeing with a possible fortune in Beskar or whatever currency they used on Bespin. Who knows what kinds of adventures that led to? Actually, there’s probably a ton of fanfic detailing just that floating around out there.
In addition to Willrow Hood, ‘The Mandalorian’ has already included Easter Eggs referencing ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ and the ‘Ewoks’ made-for-TV movies. Keep your eyes peeled for more obscurities!
New episodes of ‘The Mandalorian’ are released on Fridays on Disney+.