The second season of The Mandalorian has officially ended, the ending left some important questions heading into the next season (Spoilers notice)
The second season of The Mandalorian has finally come to an end, but not before leaving fans with important cliffhangers and unanswered questions. At the end of episode 7, “The Believer,” Din Djarin had found out the location of Moff Gideon and sought the help of fearsome allies to rescue Grogu from Gideon’s clutches.
The season’s final chapter title rescue begins with Din, Boba Fett, Cara Dune, and Fennec Shand boarding an imperial Tirydium shuttle that transports Doctor Pershing, the cloning expert we knew in season one. After seizing the shuttle and capturing Pershing Din, Djarin goes in search of Bo-Katan Kryze and Koska Reeves to accompany him on the rescue mission with the promise that he will be able to find Gideon and the Darksaber and in return for their help. will help restore Mandalore.
After a brutal battle to make his way to the imperial cruiser, Din Djarin arrives at the cell where Grogu is with Gideon waiting for him in it, the Command confronts him, defeating him and rescues the boy. Something that will not be very funny to Bo-Katan since Din Djarin by defeating Gideon has also taken away the dark lightsaber, something she hoped to do, since the wielder of the weapon gives her the power to rule Mandalore and in theory has to be earned by defeating the bearer. Something that Gideon also envisioned as an opportunity to flee, but when things get tenser they are besieged by a platoon of Dark Troopers, the heroes seem doomed… until the surprise arrival of Luke Skywalker with his X-wing.
Din says goodbye to Grogu by removing his helmet to do so and lets Luke go with him to train him as a Jedi. The episode ends with a post-credits scene with Boba Fett storming Jabba the Hutt’s former palace on Tatooine and murdering Big Fortuna, Jabba’s former ally who proclaimed himself the leader of the criminal gang after the Hutt’s death at the hands of Leia in El return of the Jedi.
Overall, The Rescue gave fans everything they could have asked for in a season finale, lots of action, twists and turns, surprises, big suspenseful moments, and several truly bittersweet moments. However, it left many questions about what we can expect for the third season.
Grogu has apparently left The Mandalorian. The boy has become the heart of the series and perhaps the most beloved new character in the Star Wars universe since Disney acquired Lucasfilm. Since the first episode, the series has revolved around Mando and Grogu together recalling the stories of Samurai like The Lone Wolf and his cub. Now that she’s gone with Luke to train as a Jedi, the story will take a completely different turn.
But is it really gone forever? Due to the immense popularity of the character it suggests that it does not. Grogu is not mentioned in the sequels about Luke’s Jedi Apprentices, nor in any of the novels Disney has published. In fact, Luke decided to deviate from the Jedi code by building a Temple in which to train different people in force control (the Jedi code says that a master cannot have more than one Padawan). The Rise of Kylo Ren mini-series by Charles Soule and Will Sliney revealed that Ben Solo was his first apprentice and that none of the other students completed their training before the Temple was destroyed by an attack from the Knights of Ren, who wanted the blame to fall on Solo, as it happened. So it invites something to happen along the way since the story takes place a few years after the Battle of Endor and the fall of the empire. Or that due to the young age of The Boy, he was still a child when Ben Solo occurred the destruction of the temple and he still could not complete his training. Can you imagine a teenage Grogu continuing his training with Rey?
Either way, it seems certain that the little one has not made his last appearance in the series. Whether he will be captured again or come to Din’s rescue in some distant episode is unclear, but there is still much about the Child’s origins and abilities that needs to be explained. However, for now, it looks like the series will give Grogu a break.
What will happen between Din Djarin and Bo-Katan?
Djarin promised Bo-Katan to help her regain the ancient splendor of Mandalore if he would help him rescue the boy in return and promised that he would have Moff Gideon and the darksaber, however when Din Djarin defeated Gideon in combat, he won the darksaber by right and is now technically the ruler of Mandalore. He tries to give the sword to Bo-Katan, not wanting to have anything to do with it, but she refuses to accept the gift, as her people would not consider it a valid victory. That opens up a ton of possibilities heading into season three.
For starters, Bo-Katan may not be so friendly with Mando anymore. She wants to rule Mandalore and restore it to its former glory, and the only way she can do that, per code, is to defeat Din and get the saber back. Although she obtained Sabine Wren’s sword in Star Wars: Rebels without having to win it in combat. His apparent inability to bring a lasting union to the Mandalore clans could be because others disputed his authority, meaning that this time he will only retrieve the saber in the right way.
The other big questions concern Din himself. He has no interest in the darksaber, much less leading nations, but is now the de facto ruler of his people. And with Grogu gone, he will need a new mission and a new purpose to fight for. Does that mean season 3 will have Din trying to unite the Mandalorians and restore his planet? Maybe. The removal of his helmet suggests that he may have shed the code by which he was raised. Be that as it may, Din Djarin has proven to be a man of his word and made a promise to Bo-katan that he must fulfill either by serving her or by being forced to take his rightful place after having won the dark saber without knowing its implications.
What will become of Moff Gideon?
At the end of The Rescue, Moff Gideon lies on the floor of his cruise ship, handcuffed and beaten unconscious in the hands of Cara Dune. Presumably, she will return him to the custody of the new republic a plot that could continue into the next season, the announced series Rangers of the New Republic , or both. Gideon’s defeat, even if temporary, leaves an empty space that The Mandalorian will have to fill with another great villain. Will Thrawn be what Thanos for the MCU? Recall that Ashoka is looking for it and everything indicates that it will be the story arc in his series and it seems that a shared universe is being built in the series just like Marvel Studios has done, so the two series could have the presence of the villain.
With Gideon incarcerated and out of the picture it’s a perfect introduction for the dreaded admiral to make an appearance. The Imperial fleet mentioned earlier in the season has yet to be seen, as Gideon’s cruiser was flying only when Mando and his group boarded it. That means the full force of the remnant is still out there, and Din may have caught their attention.
What will happen to Boba Fett and Fennec?
After fulfilling their promise in The Mandalorian to help Din Djarin rescue the Child, Boba Fett and Fennec return to Tatooine, where they starred in possibly the best post-credits scene ever. The two infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s former palace, kill Bib Fortuna (who has taken the place of his old boss), and apparently assert themselves as the new rulers of the Tatooine underworld. The scene closes with the announcement of The Boba Fett Book for December 2021.
Whether The Book of Boba Fett is a miniseries, streaming movie, or something else entirely, it promises more action-packed Outer Rim adventures for Boba and Shand. Will they become the new underworld lords? Will we know how Boba Fett escaped from the Sarlacc? Whatever the new story, it’s sure to be outrageous.
Who Will Appear In Season 3?
Luke Skywalker’s cameo in “The Rescue” has been a great way to end the season. However, the way he’s come back doesn’t necessarily lend itself to extensive comebacks. Luke could appear again briefly in the series, but probably as another cameo and short-lived. Still, his return opens the door for other past Star Wars characters to return in The Mandalorian’s future.
Given the growing role of the New Republic in the background of the story, Leia Organa could be one of those faces – we might even get a cameo from Lando Calrissian now that her series has been announced. Although having Dave Filoni and knowing the love he has for his previous projects, Ahsoka’s search for Thrawn could mean that the Grand Admiral will probably appear, as well as the young Jedi Ezra Bridger, or other characters from the Rebels series such as Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla. These are just a few names that could make a comeback in the future, but the options open for The Mandalorian season 2 finale are extensive and incredibly exciting.