Giancarlo Esposito, clearly thrilled with his ever-evolving role in The Mandalorian discusses the growing threat of Moff Gideon as we reach the halfway point of season two and look ahead towards season three.

It looks like we’re getting more of you, this season, overall, given the way things are going?

It seems that way. But I have a feeling you’ll see more of me next season. More than likely you’re going to see a lot of Moff Gideon. I can’t be sure of that, but it seems as though this iconic journey that they want you to feel it. I think you’re going to start to see other storylines start to creep in. When we start to realize there’s such a deep connection [between the show’s storylines and] the rest of the galaxy and what’s really happening. Maybe you’ll get an inkling of what he wants.

The show seems to be telling us that Moff Gideon wants The Child’s midi-chlorians, perhaps to make his own line of Force-sensitive super-soldiers. Can you say if that theory’s in the galactic ballpark?

Well, in the galactic ballpark, I think we’re all trying to figure out what does he really wants. Somewhere in my brain, I hold out something and he has some kind of ethical consideration here. When people flow out of control and there are all these different Moffs who’ve been assigned different areas to be wardens of, isn’t there one person or someone that may have guidance over all of them? They’re questions that are answered. It could be super soldiers. It could be that he wants to save the galaxy. Also, why does Moff Gideon know everything about what’s going on everywhere? He has some kind of incredible intelligence source. So I always hold out that there may be an altruistic reason that he is taking control or trying to. Certainly, the child represents the possibility of a new humanity of a new consciousness.

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