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Official summary: The Mandalorian teams up with an ex-soldier to protect a village from raiders.

Trivia: While previous episodes found their inspiration in other classical manga (Lone Wolf and Cub) or western movies/stories, this episode is inspired by Seven Samurai from Akira Kurosawa. This is not the first time that this classic story has been retold in the Star Wars universe. It most notably served as a story for three separate episodes or arcs within The Clone Wars. The first of these was the two-episode arc ‘Jedi Crash’ and ‘Defenders of Peace’ (season 1, episodes 13 & 14), with the Lurmen of Maridun being under threat and Anakin, Ahsoka, Aayla and Captain Rex helping the villagers out. The second time came in the next season with episode 2×17 ‘Bounty Hunters’ with the threat for a Felucian farming village coming from Hondo Ohnaka. The defenders this time do number seven: Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, Sugi, Embo, Rumi Paramita, and Seripas. This episode was dedicated to Kurosawa.

The third time was the planned Boba Fett with other bounty hunters on Tatooine arc, where they were to help a moisture farm defend itself against invading Tusken Raiders. This story arc exist in some form of development, as we have seen rough animation of it at Celebrations, but the episodes were never finished.

This entire episode takes place on a new world called Sorgan.

Krill are small crustaceans that were seen before in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds on Naboo. The sourcebook Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia also mentions the krill as a food source for the Aiwha on Kamino.

The frog that Winta, and later Baby Yoda, plays with appears to be a recolor of the one seen in Chapter 2.

Cara Dune is played by Gina Carano, who was a MMA fighter before she turned to acting.

Caben and Stoke refer to people who are not Mandalorian, but who do wear that armor. This is an obvious reference to Jango and Boba Fett, but we have seen other examples like Jodo Kast.

Back in Chapter 1 we spotted a Relby-v10 micro grenade launcher among the weapons of the Mandalorian. In this episode we see this weapon being used by Omera.

Newly introduced are: some kind of fishing droid (long legs, two baskets and an astromech head), bone broth (a soup), grinjer (a creature used to make bone broth), log runners (a profession on Sorgan) and spotchka (a drink made from krill).

Villagers with a name are: Omera (played by Julia Jones), Winta (Omera’s daughter, played by Isla Farris), Caben (played by Asif Ali) and Stoke (played by Eugene Cordero).

Unnamed characters are: Common house proprietor (played by Ida Darvish), Klatooinian Raider Captain (played by Sala Baker), three Sorgan farmers (played by Tiffany Thomas, Aydrea Walden & Trula Marcus) and the Kubaz bounty hunter.

Returning elements: The Klatooinians (first introduced in Return of the Jedi), an AT-ST, womp rats (mentioned), a Suerton (who is NOT a Keteerian), a Twi’lek and a loth-cat (looking a lot like the one you can see in Galaxy’s Edge).

Last week it became known that David W. Collins, known to have done many voices in Star Wars, has a voice in every episode of The Mandalorian. In Chapter 2 he was one of the Jawas and in Chapter 3 he was a stormtrooper.

Sander de Lange
Sander de Lange (Exar Xan) has been a Star Wars fan since seeing The Phantom Menace in a local Dutch cinema in 1999. He wrote the backstory for Niai Fieso through the “What’s the Story?” contest and was later asked by Leland Chee to write the Rogues Gallery feature in Star Wars Insider. His articles have appeared on StarWars.com, Star Wars Sourcebooks on Facebook and the Teekay-421 Magazine of the Belgium Star Wars Fanclub, for which he is also a core member in the organization.