The new season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian is finally underway on Disney+, featuring the return of many fan-favorite characters in the franchise. But the latest episode called "Chapter 9: The Marshal" included a lot more details for fans to get excited for, especially with some major surprises to end the episode. Showrunner Jon Favreau made his directorial debut on his Star Wars series, packing the episode with details that many major Star Wars fans will love to pick through. It's hard to predict which moments will be fleshed out into major storylines down the line, so we're breaking down everything you need to know from the Season 2 premiere of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
In the Season 2 premiere, Mando and The Child (aka Baby Yoda) venture to Tatooine, so you can imagine how deep the Star Wars references and callbacks go! Just like from the first season, expect a lot more surprises along the way.
Before we go on, the title of this article should make it obvious that BIG SPOILERS for The Mandalorian Season 2 premiere follow! So only read on if you've seen the episode!
Gore Koresh (Leguizamo)
In the cryptic opening to The Mandalorian season 2 premiere "The Marshal" Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) meets with Gor Koresh (an underworld middle-man) to get info on where Mandalorians are hiding out. Gor Koresh is actually comedic actor John Leguizamo, and the cycloptic alien race (Abyssins) first appeared in Mos Eisley cantina in A New Hope.prevnext
Jabba's Old Friends
Mando meets with Gore Koresh ringside at a fight between two Gamorreans. Gamorreans are pig-like beings used as hired muscle by the likes of Jabba The Hut. They were featured in Return of the Jedi's infamous Sarlacc pit scene on Tatooine.prevnext
Tuskens And Their Bantha
The Tatooine throwbacks continue with Mando once again having to deal with some Tusken Raiders (see "Chapter 5") and we also got to spend some nice extended time with the Raiders' trusty steeds, The Bantha. Both races have been iconic parts of the Star Wars franchise since the beginning.prevnext
Hello Again, Peli Motto!
Amy Sedaris is back as Peli Motto, who befriended Mando (and babysat Baby Yoda) in "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger". Her misfit crew of pit droids are also back.prevnext
Mos Espa to Mos Pelgo
Mos Espa (where Anakin Skywalker first appeared and podraced in The Phantom Menace) gets a shoutout as Mando searches Tatooine for a fellow Mandalorian. That search leads to the settlement of Mos Pelgo, where we meet "The Marshal."prevnext
The titular Marshall turns out to be none other than Cobb Vanth, played by Timothy Olyphant. The in-joke here is that Olyphant got famous for playing a Western-style lawman in FX's Justified - he's also currently playing a US Marshall in Fargo season 4! Talk about great typecasting!prevnext
When Mando meets Cobb Vanth, he has an immediate problem with The Marshall, as the Vanth is wearing Mandalorian armor. But not just any Mandalorian armor. Season 2 is giving fans a major thrill right from the start, as this was Boba Fett's iconic armor, last seen in Return of the Jedi. Granted, The Mandalorian trolled fans with the Cobb Vanth/Boba Fett fake-out, but there was redemption...prevnext
Will The Real Fett Please Stand Up?
The final scene of The Mandalorian season 2 premiere saw a mysterious warrior watching Mando ride off with Boba Fett's armor reclaimed as his prize. That onlooker has a vested interest in Mando's cargo, as we see actor Temuera Morrison return to the Star Wars franchise - this time as Boba Fett! Morrison was a star of the Prequel Trilogy films, playing Jengo Fett, the bounty hunter who was cloned to create the Republic (and the Darth Sidious') Clone Army - as well as Boba Fett.
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