‘The Mandalorian’ creator was ‘scared’ the finale’s big cameo was going to leak

Grogu looks at his Jedi saviour on ‘The Mandalorian’ season two finale. Lucasfilm
  • Warning: There are major spoilers for “The Mandalorian” season two finale, “The Rescue,” ahead.
  • Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) made a surprise cameo on the finale to rescue Grogu.
  • Creator Jon Favreau told “Good Morning America” Monday that he was “scared” the character’s appearance would leak in advance.
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The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau feared Luke Skywalker’s big cameo on the season two finale was going to get spoiled in advance.

“It was very tricky because it’s very hard to keep a secret nowadays, especially with ‘Star Wars,’ because people are so curious about it and there are so many people involved with the process,” Favreau said Monday during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”

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Jon Favreau is asked on Monday’s ‘Good Morning America’ how they kept Luke Skywalker’s cameo under wraps on the season two finale of ‘The Mandalorian.’ ABC

“Every piece of casting leaked,” he added. “We were so scared right up ’til it aired that our surprise cameo was gonna leak, too.”

On the finale, Luke’s familiar X-Wing flies aboard Mof Gideon’s ship. A cloaked Jedi emerges. Obscured from view, he easily cuts down Gideon’s elite Dark Troopers.

While “Star Wars” fans likely figured out it was Luke from shots of a recognisable gloved hand and green lightsaber, the Jedi didn’t confirm his identity until removing his hood in front of Mando and Bo-Katan.

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A shot from behind made sure to show off Luke’s gloved hand to signal before the face reveal that this was indeed Luke Skywalker. Lucasfilm/Disney+

The episode’s credits confirmed that Mark Hamill reprised his role as Skywalker.

On “GMA,” Favreau said Hamill was on set of “The Mandalorian” filming his cameo. Lucasfilm then used technology to “de-age him and make him look as much as he looked in the old films.”

“The Mandalorian” takes place five years after 1983’s “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” where Skywalker helped bring down the Empire.

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Visual effects were used to de-age Mark Hamill on ‘The Mandalorian’ season two finale. Lucasfilm

Despite Favreau’s fears, Lucasfilm was previously able to keep some secrets such as Baby Yoda and his real name, Grogu, which was revealed earlier on season two.

Favreau credited that to not sharing the information with too many people and by holding back on merchandise, which may have spoiled the big moments.

For fans waiting for season three, Favreau said the next instalment of “The Mandalorian” is currently in pre-production. During his “GMA” appearance, Favreau said that will start production after the newly-announced Boba Fett series, “The Book of Boba Fett,” completes production.

“The Book of Boba Fett,” starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen, is set to debut December 2021 on Disney Plus.