‘The Mandalorian’ finale featured an unexpected surprise cameo and now fans are worried about what it means for Baby Yoda

The season two finale of ‘The Mandalorian’ is called ‘The Rescue.’ Lucasfilm
  • 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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Longtime “Star Wars” fans were rewarded with a huge cameo during “The Mandalorian” season two finale when we finally learned that Grogu’s call to a Jedi earlier this season was answered.

If you haven’t watched the finale and you don’t want it spoiled, turn back now.

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Grogu was on edge almost as much as us watching ‘The Mandalorian’ season two finale. Lucasfilm

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.

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Longtime ‘Star Wars’ fans knew what was coming the moment this ship arrived. Lucasfilm

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.

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Luke sliced through the Dark Troopers like butter. Lucasfilm

The finale ended with Skywalker dropping his hood to Mando and the crew, and taking Grogu with him and R2-D2.

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A young Luke Skywalker appears on ‘The Mandalorian’ season two finale to rescue Grogu. Lucasfilm

Fans initially flipped in excitement when Luke appeared on screen.


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.

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.

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We know the Knights of Ren slaughtered Luke Skywalker’s Lucasfilm

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.

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.

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Like it or not, the Jedi academy temple bursts into flames after Ben shouts out in anger. Marvel

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 — Revenge of the Sith” and little Grogu is still in hiding somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.