- Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for “The Mandalorian” season two finale.
- A fan-favourite character makes a surprise cameo near the end of the episode.
- Fans are extremely concerned about what the reveal means for Grogu (also known as Baby Yoda) moving forward.
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If you haven’t watched the finale and you don’t want it spoiled, turn back now.
Still here? Then let’s talk about that huge cameo halfway through the episode.
Just as things were looking grim for Mando, Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Bo Katan (Katee Sackhoff), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), and Grogu, a familiar lone X-Wing came to save the day. If you weren’t already excited at this point, then you were about to be.
A young Luke Skywalker (a de-aged Mark Hamill) emerged and sliced and diced his way effortlessly through Mof Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) seemingly indestructible and formidable Dark Troopers.
The finale ended with Skywalker dropping his hood to Mando and the crew, and taking Grogu with him and R2-D2.
Fans initially flipped in excitement when Luke appeared on screen.
— Andrew (@Raumdeuter2018) December 18, 2020
— kai • loki/black widow era (@kaiswanda) December 18, 2020
— Zerohour (@Zerohour7007) December 18, 2020
Many saw parallels between Luke’s entrance on “The Mandalorian” and Darth Vader’s cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” showing that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
— zoᴴ din djarin & bucky’s gf (@gothmalek) December 18, 2020
The Luke Skywalker sequence at the end of the season finale is possibly the best since Darth Vader’s at the end of Rogue One & nearly as epic. Boba Fett’s post credits reveal at Jabba’s palace was also cool too #TheMandalorian #ThisIsTheWay pic.twitter.com/APSS2dZ4Vj
— David De Cristofaro (@Stereorush) December 18, 2020
— Luis Perez (@TyrantLuis) December 18, 2020
— JOJO (@NYillest116) December 18, 2020
Wait. How can Luke Skywalker even be on “The Mandalorian?”
It’s simple: “The Mandalorian” kicks off about five years after 1983’s “Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.”
Skywalker recently saved the galaxy from Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader is also vanquished.
We know from the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy that Luke had started to train some young Jedi of his own so it makes sense that Grogu would be under his tutelage.
Of course, if you’re familiar with what happens to Luke’s Jedi academy, many fans are deeply concerned and worried for the Child.
Fans are worried that Kylo Ren may have killed Grogu.
In the newest “Star Wars” trilogy, we learn Luke’s Jedi academy and most of its students were seemingly wiped out by Ben Solo (Luke’s nephew) at some point before the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
(As a reminder, “The Mandalorian” takes place about 25 years before “The Force Awakens.”)
Many fans were quick to make an unsettling connection: Does Kylo Ren kill Baby Yoda (also known as Grogu)? It’s been a recent theory going around the “Star Wars” fandom ahead of the finale.
Concerned fans are now worried that Kylo Ren could be responsible for why we don’t see Grogu in “Star Wars” episodes 7, 8, or 9.
— TheDirtyBubble (@ohhseriodanny) December 18, 2020
— Jorge Tovar (@24Orangemamba) December 18, 2020
It’s worth nothing that while the new trilogy makes it pretty clear Ben Solo/Kylo Ren was directly responsible for setting the Jedi temple ablaze and killing the students inside, Marvel’s recent 2019-2020 “The Rise of Kylo Ren” “Star Wars” comic series has had some fans wondering if that was really the case.
The comics show the destruction of Luke’s Jedi temple was accidentally caused by Ben Solo in a fit of rage after he believed his Uncle Luke was trying to kill him.
Ben points his lightsaber to the temple and it bursts into flames after it’s struck by lightning. Ben’s adamant that he didn’t mean for it to happen.
Ben then hears a voice tell him that it was all really Skywalker’s fault. While it seems pretty clear Solo’s anger resulted in the demise of the academy, the above panel could stir the possibility of Snoke or another dark sider’s possible involvement to help frame Solo and bring him to the dark side as Kylo Ren.
Though it’s believed most of those inside perished, a few of Luke’s students show up directly after the building is set aflame and chase after Solo, believing he murdered Skywalker.
Even if Solo inadvertantly killed some of Luke’s students (and purposefully killed a few), there is the chance that Grogu wasn’t even at the Jedi academy at this time.
If he was there, maybe Grogu was able to safely escape as he did after Palpatine executed Order 66 in “Star Wars: Episode III â€” Revenge of the Sith” and little Grogu is still in hiding somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.