As Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian comes to a close (read our review here) The Hollywood Reporter take a look at the final episode of the first season, Redemption, directed by future big screen director Taika Waititi, giving us a look at some behind the scenes moments from the making of the episode.

As a wise old puppet once said: “Do, or do not. There is no try.” The late, great Yoda’s words echo throughout The Mandalorian on levels as limitless as the expansive Star Wars universe in which it’s rooted. Executive produced and creatively helmed by Disney veteran Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian serves as the first major scripted series for streaming initiative Disney+. It’s also the first live-action Star Wars television effort (save for that infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special) and far from the last, with series based on Obi-Wan Kenobi and others in development. And it’s all told through the lens of a stone-cold bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) who never removes his helmet — at least not in public, and only once for the streaming audience.

The list of high-stakes pressures was longer than any Star Wars film’s opening crawl. But those were all front-facing obstacles throughout production on The Mandalorian, long before the world at large saw a single frame of footage. The biggest do-or-do-not-die situation involved an element nobody saw coming: The Child, better known online by an unofficial but much more meme-friendly name: Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian isn’t just a story about a masked gunslinger, but rather one about a gunslinger protecting an all-important infant — whose place within the grander Star Wars mythology was such a big deal that nobody outside of production even knew “the baby,” as Favreau lovingly calls him, existed until the series premiered in November.

From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Dickinson, Seth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 576 Pages - 11/10/2020 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)