Every time an episode of The Mandalorian lands, Fantha Tracks will be giving their responses, and here are our initial gut feelings, deep dives and thoughts on the sixteenth episode – Chapter 16: The Rescue. Beware of spoilerific elements in here.

Daniel Lo

I must have watched Return of the Jedi a hundred times and it’s never registered that Bib wasn’t on Jabba’s skiff when Luke blew it up. The Book of Boba Fett?! Will that be a show, or a feature film? Alright, got the post-credits easter egg out of the way. What a season finale. There’s just so much to digest that I’ve been doing so at a sarlacc’s pace, so to avoid missing the boat I’ll skip my usual few main points and jump straight to random thoughts.

What an episode for spaceship enthusiasts (yes I’m talking to you, Paul Naylor)! I’ve long been disappointed that the hovering TIE fighter scene from the Rogue One trailer never made it into the film, and that itch has finally been scratched. We still don’t know why Dr. Pershing wears glasses when hardly anyone else in the Star Wars universe does. I thought Mando last left Bo-Katan on good terms. Why did she seem so annoyed to see him? Because he had Boba Fett in tow? It’s great that you could tell that Boba Fett was holding back on the “firespray”-ing when compared to Jango firing on Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones. Why is the launch tube on Gideon’s ship so narrow? The raiding party scene was fun to watch: A bounty hunter, two Mandalorians, and a Rebel drop trooper all seamlessly fighting on the same side. I’m not a particularly big fan of dubstep, but the dark trooper theme is fun. That was the first time we’ve seen a live action stormtrooper fall out into space, right? I’m not counting the TIE pilot in Empire. Fennec Shand can dodge laser blasts, but isn’t the first Asian Star Wars character to do so. Mando never seems to close doors quite on time. First it was ice spiders, and now Dark Troopers. I forgot to ask this two weeks ago; why does Gideon have miniature handcuffs in stock? We only had to wait until this season’s finale to see the darksaber used in combat, but it didn’t disappoint. I liked the visual callback to Anakin attacking Obi-Wan through an entrance way on Mustafar, and even a great nod to SC 38 Reimagined. Who trained Gideon in lightsaber combat? Either the spear isn’t pure beskar, or the darksaber is a little stronger than traditional lightsabers in certain contexts. My brother reminded me via a meme that the darksaber has previously been handed off without fighting, but the rule definitely creates interest between Mando and Bo-Katan. Moff Gideon was smart to conceal a fallen blaster with his cape, but not smart enough to fire it at someone who *wasn’t* wearing beskar. I’m glad Luke found a different docking bay because there’s no way he could have fit his X-wing through the launch tube. Holy cow it’s Luke! Did he know that his father was also proficient at the no-look behind the back vertical lightsaber block? Was it just me, or did his lightsaber look slightly under-processed in one of the scenes? Luke force-crushing a dark trooper was the best (more reminders of The Force Unleashed II), and overall a great parallel to Vader’s show-stealing rampage at the end of Rogue One. Interesting how “the good guys” were afraid to open the door for Luke. Not quite out of the uncanny valley just yet, but we’re getting closer. If Pedro hasn’t fully had a chance to show off his acting chops on this show, he has now. I wonder if Luke thought about his last moments with Anakin when Mando took his helmet off. If I was a betting man, I’d say this wasn’t the first time baby Yoda (sorry, Lucasfilm) and R2 have met. Not showing them in a brief scuffle over a flashlight was a missed opportunity. The fact that Mando still has the control knob could be a clue that this won’t be their last time on screen together. End credits were different this time. Could this be the last proper Mandalorian season?

Either Grogu was killed by Kylo Ren when he burned down Luke’s Jedi school, or he was somewhere else by then. Regardless, he’d be a little short for a Knight of Ren.

Ross Hollebon

Chapter 16 may have been the most emotionally impactful episode in two seasons of The Mandalorian. This story only helps to start filling in some blanks between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It also continues to astutely point out different ideologies and sects of individuals being focused on singular goals of power and deciding what is right and wrong for others (and even Dr. Pershing, who, like Galen Erso, appears to be coerced into his role and work)—which is where I believe George Lucas intended the message to go.

The chill-inducing moments of Luke Skywalker coming to the rescue; the four, fierce women warriors (Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan Kryze, and Koska Reeves) efficiently purging the Imperial cruiser; Din Djarin facing off against a dark trooper, followed by Moff Gideon with the Darksaber; Gideon’s divisiveness between Kryze and Mando; and of course R2-D2 making an appearance—and seemingly being recognized by Grogu—were delightful and timeless.

But nothing, after 16 chapters, means as much as Djarin removing his helmet in front of friends, allies, and even an enemy to share a moment with The Child, “his kid,” before making the ultimate selfless act of giving away the being he loves so Grogu can develop his powers and be safe. Pedro Pascal’s performance was tear-jerking and that was reflected by immediate fan responses across social media—young and old, women and men, empathetic souls that have been spoken to by the work of Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and an innumerable cast of creators and doers.

Unfortunately, this episode might also have been the laziest in writing (I feel dirty saying it, but the team has set such a high bar). Kryze using her own voice when on the shuttle talking her way onto Gideon’s ship; no one on the bridge seeing Djarin and Gideon fighting on the numerous monitor feeds where they are standing; Mando knowing blasters will basically do nothing against dark troopers but not suggesting another course of action on the bridge as they await the enemy; and a desperate Gideon—who has proven he is brilliant and a great shot in Season 1—shooting Kryze, point-blank, in her armour instead of an uncovered area.

There—that honesty is out.

Now I can go back to just loving the parts that made this Season 2 finale so memorable and magical. And the post-credit scene was something to see as well. Here’s to a long year of waiting for these amazing stories to continue.

Clair Henry

You know that feeling you get when you’re watching a Star Wars movie for the first time? Well that’s what I had when I watched the final episode of season two of The Mandalorian. I went off social media all day as I couldn’t see it until the evening, and in my heart I knew that the Jedi the child reached out to would be in tonight’s show.

Chatting and debating with my fellow geeks several Jedi sprung to mind but it always came back to one…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the episode as a whole.

From the start you knew this was going to be a big episode packing punches and dropping hints. Let’s start with Bo Katan and the Mandalorian – this will be interesting! He clearly doesn’t want to be responsible but Din has been put in the position of the reluctant leader. What will Bo Katan do? It’s in the hands of a Mandalorian, but will she support him? This is clearly the plot for the next series, and I’m excited for that.

Moff Gideon is still alive, so what will Cara Dune do with her biggest capture? Again, another plot for the future.

Let’s go straight to the very end where we see Boba take his rightful place on the throne in Jabba’s palace – I nearly fell off my seat at that one, I did not see that coming! Wasn’t it fabulous to see all the creatures from Jabba’s palace who survived! Did you spot the dancer? My biggest question; did Salacious Crumb make it! We shall see next December!

So here it is, the real biggy, the Jedi we were all looking for! I had hoped it would be Luke, I had said it really could only be him and it was. What sheer delight to see a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker doing what I had pretended to do when I was a kid. It was a joy and a delight to see!

Taking the child from Mando was heartbreaking. Sophie my daughter was shouting at the TV don’t go, Kylo Ren will kill you! She believes and it’s not a bad shout that Grogu is the first in Luke’s Jedi Academy and we know the fate of that school…

From the sadness of Din giving him to Luke to the seriousness of Luke as a Jedi master was like watching an evacuee movie; there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

What a great episode and season for that matter. Here in Henrytowers we have thoroughly enjoyed The Mandalorian this series, and we look forward to whatever comes next!

Sheila Wright

The Rescue: Indeed. Mind blown–disintegrated. I don’t really know how I’m functioning right now.

The series’ content, structure, and creating process continue to honor and break traditions and meet and usurp expectations. Being the season finale, I was happy and not surprised to see them bring back Bo and Koska since the show is about Mandalorians and wasn’t surprised to find myself pacing and clenching my jaw with anxiety with every scene as the unexpected could be at any moment.

They continue to honor the complexity of the galaxy. How awesome was it to get more of the ion cannon and a more technological context on the tie fighters? (Disney, please make that tie fighter launch tube part of a new ride in Galaxy’s Edge!) And it’s more than just good guys vs. bad guys. Even when we think people are relatively on the same side, there might be a spy like the pilot, a terrified talker like the doctor, or they have different ideas on who belongs and what should happen as we saw with these 4 Mandalorians arguing over who belongs and what should be done about their home planet.

Being a season finale, I expected one of the main characters to die. Shows often follow that formula of making a major character go away. “If it’s Boba or the Baby, I’m gonna riot,” I told myself. Boba and the baby left, but they didn’t die, so all is good.

The conflicts were too easily overcome, though. The dark troopers are terrifying…once started. They really are almost indestructible. So, it was embarrassing how easily they were blown into space. The Moff just handed over the baby and the saber. That ease made me feel so uneasy.

The conflict wasn’t just about rescuing the baby. It was about rescuing Mandalore, and Mando messed that up by reclaiming the saber. And then the dark troopers came back. With such mindless strength, not too surprising. Of course, they needed a Jedi to stop them.

When I saw the X-wing, I thought, “Oh, maybe Ahsoka found one.” Then I saw the robe. “Oh, okay, another Jedi.” Then, green saber. “No way.” I wasn’t going to believe it; then that familiar face. Part of me looked for CGI signs but not seeing any, I sank back into the scene.

The lump started forming in my throat. Then Mando took off his helmet to say goodbye to Grogu and that opened the flood. He once followed the creed so fiercely, and now he’s willing to bend the rules to make everything right: removing his helmet, offering Bo the saber. Oh, my heart.

And then R2 walked in. Gasp. I was done. The Force left me in a puddle of sentimental nostalgia and ultimate delight. So much adrenaline was pumping in me. I left the credits running as I tried to calm myself down then adrenaline levels came up seeing that familiar setting and a fat Bib Fortuna get taken down by Fennec and Boba. I’m excited about the Book of Boba Fett!

This show speaks to anything with a long history and consistency that has set up expectations: religions, cultural traditions, societal expectations. We’re learning more about the shape of this universe and re-evaluating our understanding of it. The Mandalorians are evolving their traditions. The Star Wars universe is and our expectations are ever-evolving as they should.

This episode was one of the best Star Wars experiences of my lifetime (and I’ve been in this fight since I was 6 years old — in ‘77). It brought the same feelings I remember from watching the ROTJ, knowing that things would be wrapped up.

Some say that this is the way the sequels should have been– that this episode rescued Star Wars. I enjoyed the sequels very much, but this show on another level. We won’t always agree on the directions in which the Star Wars saga heads; understandably, we get upset when traditions change or don’t go the way we think they should. But, we also need to have the patience for these great moments as we continue to learn about and re-see this galaxy far, far away.

Johanna Nybelius

It took me a while to be able to write this, I simply had to collect myself after that amazing episode. I haven’t been the most positive reviewer of The Mandalorian, even if I have liked it a lot. This episode though. It had everything I had ever wished for. I had seen people’s reactions to the episode, but no spoilers. I seriously thought that the excitement would be about a certain blue-skinned alien showing up in the post-credit scene, but that was far from what happened; what happened was so much better.

First the gathering of the Mandalorians, or at least the people wearing mandalorian armor, that set the tone. I think that from the moment they left for Moff Gideon’s cruiser, my heart couldn’t stop beating. I really hope that I will be able to catch up with a gang of cosplayers that portray the all female assault theme on a Celebration or other convention one day. Everything they did was so cool and efficient.

Then they get the bridge, and Moff Gideon, but there is still 20 minutes left of the episode when the Dark Troopers attack. Who was going to save them? When that single x-wing landed and the hooded figure showed itself I was sure that Ahsoka had decided to return. But then you see the black boot, and then you see the sabre, and then the belt buckle. And then I started crying, and I kept on crying throughout the episode.

In an earlier review I asked how they were going to keep going with the Mandalorian if they didn’t catch up with any of the main characters from the films. I never expected Luke Skywalker to actually show up, and show what a strong Jedi he has become since Return of the Jedi. I have no idea how they are going to continue with the story now, when it has such a perfect ending.

I also must give a big shout-out to the music in this episode. The beautiful melding of the familiar themes around Luke, with the music we have gotten to learn through the show. Just like basically everything with this episode it was perfection. Pure perfection. (yes I’m still crying)

Mark Newbold

Ask Tiger Woods how it feels when the club hits that sweet spot and the ball sings as it leaves the tee, or James Hetfield when he digs out another monstrous riff. The satisfaction of nailing it must be an incredible high, and I can only imagine that feeling rolled through the cast and crew of The Mandalorian when they sat back and watched this absolute dream of an episode. At this point there’s no need to dig too deep into the episode, my fellow Fantha’s have already done a great job of that, but in short The Rescue takes us to a place where the emotion that floods the screen – adrenaline at the action, sorrow at the parting and tears of joy at the return – are so instant and genuine, we’re treated to a rare experience, a true rollercoaster that not only delivers in spades but leaves us with more questions than answers.

That may seem like a negative, but it absolutely isn’t. While the journey of the Mudhorn Clan may be at an end for now, we’re left wondering how Bo-Katan and Din Djarin will resolve their issues over the Darksaber. Will Cara get Gideon back to the New Republic (and will Mando get his double fee for the Moff being alive), and can Luke train Grogu to be a part of his new academy? All questions we’re tantalisingly left with for a chunk of 2021, but as that end credit sting revealed we have new original series The Book of Boba Fett coming in December 2021 to further expand the Mandoverse. Book of Boba, Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka and The Mandalorian – we’ve now got a Netflix Marvel style series of interconnected shows that are expanding the galaxy, one we’re seeing more of now than ever, but as season 2 ends we only need to be grateful that the Disney Plus experiment is bringing such stellar content to our screens.

Adam O’Brien

The final episode of The Mandalorian season two Chapter 16 has hit, I’ve watched it twice and it’s still hard to absorb all the goodness that’s there. All the things that we’ve been waiting 40 years to see – greatness, amazing power, visionary science-fiction at its best.

What amazes me is that we continue the story of the Mandalorian, but we also continue the story of a certain Walker of the Sky. Here is the hero we been waiting to see at his height, the master we didn’t get from Messrs Johnson and Abrams in the sequel trilogy. Here we get a heroic fully-formed Luke Skywalker as he begins the training of many apprentices.

Gideon is a more attacking figure as he vies for power, but also clever enough to know how to wield it, particularly how the darksaber comes into it and how to gain the darksaber which Bo Katan is still trying to get. Unfortunately she’ll have to battle the Mandalorian to get it, as she must take the saber in combat.

So as we finish the episode we see Luke as we saw Anakin Skywalker in those pre-cyborg Darth Vader hours, taking out the Separatists on Mustafar. He swept through the installation taking out the battle droids like they were nothing, so it’s great to see Luke smash his way through, moving in such an amazing way with that green lightsaber that we love so much.

And yes, I stayed for the credits and watched the end of Bib Fortuna. We’re going to get The Book of Boba Fett; is it another series, or part of The Mandalorian? Right now who knows, but I do know it’s gonna be awesome. Give us more Luke dammit, give us more Luke!

Sergio Lopes

The credits rolled in the final episode of the second season of The Mandalorian, I was crying horribly and still couldn’t believe what happened. I absolutely want to pirie about what happens at the end of the episode. Not even the CGI on Luke spoiled that moment (but I hoped the technology had already evolved since they used it on Rogue One).

At this specific moment, Luke is the most powerful Jedi we know and, a few years later, he will begin training a new generation of Jedi, including his sister. And we see in this episode what he was like in his day.

That said, everything after Luke’s arrival is moving and beautiful. Luke explains that he can train Grogu, but his attachment to Mando is strong and Grogu needs Mando’s permission to leave. That’s when the biggest moment of the character of the whole series so far happens, when Mando takes off his helmet so that Grogu and he can look into each other’s eyes for the first time. It seemed very reminiscent of the moment between Darth Vader and Luke at the end of Return of the Jedi. Grogu touches his face and Mando is extremely touched, but he knows that the child belongs to this powerful Jedi. And then Luke, along with R2-D2 in a brief but fun appearance, goes out with Grogu with a Mando without a helmet, and everyone else stands there and watches.

And now we have to wait another year to know how Bo Katan is going to deal with the problem at hand now. Will Mando want to become the leader of Mandalore. And what is Moff Gideon’s real plan. It’s so much a question for the next season. And the next one has high expectations, as the first two delivered something beyond what the fan could expect.

Thank you Disney, Favreau and Filoni, you made this 2020 a little better.

Paul Naylor

Ask anyone. I love Star Wars. It truly is my galaxy of choice for escapism. The Mandalorian is, for me, simply the greatest spin-off to our beloved saga. Such a rich set of characters, one that can be enjoyed at face value for the casual fan or treasured by those more invested.

Season 1 was consistently good and if anything the first 7 parts of season 2 were oh so much better. The eighth part of season 2, it’s finale, surpassed my wildest dreams. Key points include:

1) We get to see strong female characters – mostly over the age of 40 – and none of it feels forced. It feels right.
2) Moff Gideon’s fear when he realises a Jedi has arrived on his cruiser. The look on his face is perhaps a reflection on the demise of Vader and Palpatine just a few years prior at the hands of a certain Jedi.
3) That certain Jedi. In scenes that would have had tears in the eyes of adult fans, the close of the show teased the arrival of Luke Skywalker. This was fan service of a very special kind. We got to see Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight in his prime, and boy was he bad ass. I did indeed have a tear or six in my eyes. It was all executed so well.
4) R2 returns. I was so excited at Luke’s return, I hadn’t even considered seeing my fave astromech. As for that closing shot of Grogu in the elevator with Luke and R2. Wow.
5) And just when you think it is all over, The Mandalorian series dishes out the greatest post credit scene EVER, teasing a new adventure for Boba Fett.
Bravo to Filoni, favreau and Kennedy.

Unlike many fans, I am more than happy to critique what productions I believe to be good or bad. Whilst The Empire Strikes Back is generally regarded as the benchmark, and is certainly in my top 3, I am at best ambivalent regarding episodes 8 and 9 of the cinematic saga. However, The Mandalorian has more than made up for the lacklustre big screen offerings from 2017 and 2019.

Star Wars is back, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Matt Bell

From the opening dogfight with Lambda shuttle and Slave 1 to the post credit scene this episode had me on the edge of my seat and delivered in every way. Every time Slave 1 has appeared in this season has been a joy to watch in a season packed full of joys. The shot of it next to the Lambda shuttle and a Gauntlet fighter immediately brought a smile to my face.

Lots of great world building conversations in his episode. The one on the Imperial Shuttle was an interesting one, giving an insight into the Imperial perspective of the war, posing the question “How many millions died on the Death Stars?”

As was the one about retaking Mandalore, retake from who? Is Mandalore still under Imperial occupation? or perhaps a warlord who took it in the power vacuum created by the fall of the Empire? And comments about bringing order to the galaxy tease things to come.

Once the assault on the Imperial Cruiser started the action never really let up. Great to see more of the Dark Troopers in action and glad they’re just as intense as they were in Dark Forces. The mention of previous Dark trooper phases having humans inside made me wonder if they might be an evolution of the Death Trooper.

When the X-wing approached my mind was running through possibilities of who it could be, but it only took seconds for me to realise there was only really one option. Despite the fan speculation I didn’t think there was much chance of this charter showing up however I’m glad to say I was wrong. Watching from the edge of my seat as we got glimpses of him, nail biting tension on just how far they will go, will he pull back the hood? Will he speak? Ultimately it delivered for me in every way and I applaud their brevity for doing this.

The post credit scene was the icing on the cake. With echoes of the Battleground Tatooine comic, a heavier Bib Fortuna looking more like his POTF2 figure with his vintage figure staff, sat on the throne was a treat unto itself but then to be deposed by a favourite character of mine, with imagery evoking King Conan left me truly speechless.

Carl Bayliss

It barely seems like yesterday when season 2 kicked off and yet here we are, 8 episodes down and at the end of what is rightly being lauded as the jewel in Disney’s Star Wars crown.

As with every episode we’re straight back into the action from last week, where our team of Mando, Boba Fett, Fennec Shand and Cara Dune return to enlist the help of Bo Katan and Koska Reeves (WWE’s Sasha Banks under her real name Mercedes Vernardo) on their quest to recover Grogu and take down Gideon in the process. After a little bit of teasing of Fett due to his clone heritage and Reeves and Fett sparring off against each other they agree and join up with the team who track down the shuttle transporting Dr Pershing (our Imperial cloning expert) to Moff Gideon’s cruiser.

One of the shuttle pilots is only too happy to surrender but the other is a little more feisty and threatens to kill the doctor, whilst recounting that he served on the Death Star (Cara quip’s ‘really, which one?’) and revelling in the glory that Alderaan was destroyed to show the Rebel Alliance that the galaxy would not be intimidated by ‘terrorism’. In much the same way as Mayfeld snapped in the previous episode, so Cara takes him out with a single headshot.

They then engineer a plan to make an emergency landing as they’re being ‘chased down’ by Boba Fett and the newly commandeered Lambda shuttle end up right in the fighter launch bay thereby preventing too many TIE fighters getting out and making life difficult for his escape in Slave 1.

The team then split into two where Mando heads for the detention block whilst Bo, Koska, Cara and Fennec head for Gideon and the bridge. Of course, Gideon is on to their plan and has initiated the Dark Troopers be brought online (as we learnt from the ever so helpful Dr Pershing they’re stored ‘powered down’ as they use up too much power). Mando has to pass the storage hold where they are en route to the cells where Grogu is being held and obviously is hoping to make it before they are active………Guess what, he makes it but not before one of the troopers can wedge the door and then get through – so we have Mando vs Dark Trooper which is a pretty interesting match up as they seem equal in terms of the protection each is offered by their armour – but soon enough Mando  manages to skewer the trooper’s head with the beskar spear, and then opens the cargo bay doors sucking the rest of the Dark Troopers into space.

As the team reach the bridge, s Mando reaches Grogu’s cell only to find Moff Gideon there and seemingly willing to let Mando take the child and leave – until he tries to do so and then Gideon strikes with the darksaber (which of course can’t cut through beskar) – another fight from which Mando emerges victorious, but spares Gideon as Cara has already laid claim to him for the Republic to interrogate.

When Mando returns to the bridge with Grogu, and Gideon as his prisoner, Gideon delights in telling Mando that he can’t just hand the sabre over to Bo Katan, she has to have won it in combat, as the legend of Mandalore states. Meanwhile the Dark Troopers have made their way back onto the ship (they have jetpack feet as was established a few episodes ago) and they converge on the bridge. Whilst this is going on a tracking alert is triggered only for Cara to say ‘one X-Wing, great’ sarcastically. It was at this moment I thought, no – they haven’t have they? We then see security camera footage as a lone cloaked figure make their way through the cruiser laying waste to the Dark Troopers with ease in the process. A flashing sabre cutting them down, and mere glimpses that hint at the identity of this mystery figure – a gloved hand, dark boots, and all-to-familiar belt buckle.

Finally this saviour reaches the bridge and they open the doors to allow him to enter – in a similar way to Vader’s entrance at the end of Rogue One, so a green saber colours the smoke as the doorway opens, to reveal LUKE SKYWALKER.

At first I wasn’t sure if it was a de-aged Mark Hamill or another actor who resembled him very much, but on subsequent viewing it looks to be done with the same tech as used for Leia and Tarkin in Rogue One and of course the training sequence in The Rise of Skywalker. But regardless – we got Luke back, saving the day and perhaps righting some of the perceived wrongs of his treatment in the sequels in the process.

As Mando says goodbye to Grogu he removes his helmet allowing the child to touch his face as he reassures him this is the right thing – and we perhaps learn that this whole journey has taught Din more about himself than he perhaps realised. The icing on the cake is when having seen Luke, and the X-Wing we get an appearance from R2-D2 who seems to swing the deal for Grogu to leave to be trained by Luke.

And that brought to a close the episode, and this season. It’s been a thrill ride, and even the episodes that seemed slightly filler-y at the time have obviously had a purpose in setting up things that become relevant for the finale. This episode was directed by Peyton Reed and he is another director that has hopefully got a future in Star Wars projects as the episodes he has helmed have been brilliant.

With this episode airing less than 24 hours after the sad news reached us of the passing of the original Boba Fett, actor Jeremy Bulloch, I watched the credits to see if there was any dedication to him – yes probably a bit optimistic that they could have turned in round in time, but they edited out jeans guy fairly rapidly so I thought they may have put something in. So imagine my surprise when at the end of the credit we got to see the twin suns of Tatooine, and a pan round to Jabba’s Palace.

Inside the throne room sits Bib Fortuna, who has clearly spent his lockdown eating like I have! We hear blaster fire and a guard falls down the stair into the main room and is shortly followed by Fennec Shand and then the imposing shadow of Boba Fett. After a short dialogue, Fett shoots Bib and take the throne – the screen fades to black and we’re given another surprise – The Book of Boba Fett is coming to Disney Plus in December 2021.

I’ve long speculated that The Mandalorian is a title about the creed of Mandalorians rather than being about Din specifically, so like with Doctor Who, the lead actor can change but it’s still a series about a Mandalorian – is Season 3 going to move us to a Boba Fett story, and if so does that mean that down the line we get Bo Katan’s story, and then maybe Sabine and so on?? I think this would be a great way to keep the show going and afford them the ability to bring characters in and out of the show – we could get to see Din again down the line too. Or are we being spoiled and will have two Mando-related shows next year – or is the Fett story a TV movie?

With all of the content revealed in the recent investor call I hope they’re not trying to spread “Favaloni” too thinly across the projects (Mando, Ranger of the Republic Ahsoka, Book of Boba Fett) but with all this content, 2021 and beyond is going to be great for Star Wars fans.

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