Just like the first season, The Mandalorian Season 2 is filled with all kinds of references to the wider world of Star Wars, we’ll be updating The Mandalorian Season 2 Easter Eggs, References, and Cameos weekly with easter eggs from each new episode [the following Post contains lots of spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 1 and 2].
Chapter 9: The Marshal
The graffiti glimpsed early in the episode features what looks like C-3PO, or at least a similar golden protocol droid, and lots of anti-imperial images. The anti-imperial graffiti brings to mind the Mandalorian Sabine Wren, known for her artistry and painted armour, as seen in Star Wars Rebels, who is rumoured to appear in the second season of the Mandalorian.
Glimpsed in the trailers, the fighting area Mando visits early on in the episodes shows two (unfortunately) shirtless Gamorreans fighting. The green pig-like species first appeared in Return of the Jedi as Jabba the Hutt’s guards.
With a return to Tatooine comes references to the “twin suns”, “womp rats”, and Peli Motto even says “Thank the force”.
In one of the episodes least subtle, most ‘fan service-y’, and yet fun easter eggs is the return of R5. Peli Motto introduces R5 to help repair Mando’s ship, and by this point, the droid must be a relic. Eagle-eyed fans will recognise the astromech as the droid who blew up just as he was being sold to Luke and Uncle Owen in the first Star Wars movie. After his motivator blew up, Luke instead got R2-D2. R5 had a brig appearance in the cantina scene in the first season but gets an actual name check in the second season.
As Mando enters the bar early in the first episode of Season 2, he is given a bright blue drink. Brightly coloured drinks, but mainly blue ones have been a staple of Star Wars ever since the first movie – where fans first saw Blue Milk. The blue drink here is even more fitting as it’s once again on Tatooine, just like Luke and the Blue Milk from A New Hope.
Cobb Vanth’s Beskar armour is, of course, that of the most infamous Mandalorian, Boba Fett. Although it is never mentioned who the armour belongs to in the show, Mando himself appears to know, and fans will recognise it as belonging to the bounty hunter that captured Han Solo in the Empire Strikes Back.
Significantly more damaged than it was when Boba fell into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi, it gives an interesting tease and asks the question as to how it got out of the pit, and whether its owner was with it.
In the series, Cobb Vanth is played by Timothy Olyphant. But the character first appeared in the Aftermath novels that lead into The Force Awakens by detailing events between Episodes VII and VII.
Vanth’s Pod Racer Speeder
In a very fitting Tatooine landspeeder, Cobb Vanth’s speeder appears to be made from various Pod Racer parts. Tatooine Pod Racing first appeared in The Phantom Menace and showed Anakin Skywalker’s piloting ability at a young age.
Death Star Explosion
Although the show has dabbled in the fall of the Empire throughout its first season, the Season 2 premiere takes it a step further. When Cobb Vanth explains to Mando how he became the Marshall of Mos Pelgo, and how he acquired Boba Fett’s armour, he talks about how the town was invaded on the night the Second Death Star was blown up. The scene shows people celebrating as a hologram of the Death Star is destroyed, as seen in Return of the Jedi. The flashback scene also gives another glimpse of the Tatooine Jawas and a look inside one of the infamous Sandcrawlers.
The small scavenger looking creatures seen around Mos Pelgo aren’t the often mentioned Womp Rats but are instead Scurriers, that were first seen in the updated and altered version of A New Hope.
After the first season twisted expectations on the usual appearance of Tusken Raiders, who have always been violently attacking (or thanks to Anakin, getting violently attacked), the second season takes Mando’s relationship with the Sand People even further. In the first episode of Season 2 he takes Cobb Vanth to make peace with the Raiders so that they can work together to take down the Krayt Dragon.
Krayt Dragons date back to the very first Star Wars movie in 1977. The large snake like skeleton that C-3PO passes in the Tatooine desert isn’t named but has been explained to be a Krayt Dragon in later canon. Since then they have been mentioned throughout several Star Wars adventures, and yet the giant and iconic creatures make their live-action debut in the Season 2 opener of the Mandalorian.
After Boba Fett’s armour showed up, and the excellent joke where Mando hits Boba’s jetpack that Cobb Vance is wearing to send him flying up (just like Han Solo accidentally did to Boba in return of the Jedi), the final scene delivers a huge Boba Fett twist.
Temura Morrison, who played Jango Fett, the Clone troopers and later redubbed Boba Fett’s dialogue from the original movies (as Boba is also a clone of Jango Fett), returns as who we have to assume is a surviving Boba Fett.
Admittedly he could be a surviving clone trooper, but age-wise he doesn’t look old enough. A key detail is that Clone troopers age at an enhanced rate so they can fight sooner, whereas Jango requested Boba to be unaltered.
Excuse the rambling here, but the series is set around nine years after the Battle of Yavin in a New Hope, so that means it is around thirty-two years after we see Boba in Attack of the Clones where he was in his early teens, putting the character in his mid-forties. Alternatively, the Clones age physically at double the usual rate so a trooper created at the same time as Boba would be around ninety (unless the ageing had been slowed somehow).
One Clone we do know is possibly still alive is Clone Commander Rex, who was said to have fought in the Battle of Endor in the final episode of Star Wars Rebels, which is around five years before the Mandalorian.
Admittedly Morrison is actually fifty-nine in real life, so he is in between the two possibilities, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this season introduces another older surviving Clone or two either, so we’ll just have to see if this is Boba, or someone else – although come on… it’s Boba.
Chapter 10: The Passenger
After appearing in the first season episode, Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina, where fans were first introduced to Han Solo and Chewbacca, the famous Mos Eisley cantina returns on the second episode of The Mandalorian’s second season.
Mando finds Peli Motto and an ant-like creature playing Sabacc in the cantina. The concept art at the end of the episode shows Peli in Han’s seat with her legs up, just like he had, although the final episode has her in the opposite seat.
The alien creature that Peli Motto is playing Sabacc with is seemingly a new species for the Star Wars universe, that Peli calls “Dr Mandible” thanks to his insect-like appearance.
The ant-like creature is likely a reference to the episode’s director Peyton Reed, who also directed Marvel’s Ant-Man.
In the cantina scene, Peli Motto and Dr Mandible are playing Sabacc, a Star Wars card game that appeared in the first season, and famously is how Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian.
Dave Filoni Returns
After a brief appearance in the first season episode “The Prisoner” (along with other episode directors Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow), Dave Filoni returns in the seconds season’s episode. Dave Filoni is in many ways George Lucas’ protégé, who helped lead the animated Clone Wars and Rebels, and was a key part of the Mandalorian’s production. His character, Trapper Wold returns as one of the X-Wing pilots who first chase and then helps out Mando.
Captain Carson Teva
The other New Republic X-Wing pilot, that has more dialogue and interaction with Mando, is played by Paul Sun-Hyung Le, best known as Appa from Kim’s Convenience.
May The Force Be With You
As Mando tries to play it cool while the New Republic X-Wing pilots question him, he says “May The Force Be With You”, the rallying cry for the Jedi, the Rebellion, and later the New Republic.
The snowy planet that Mando crash lands on in the second episode is the same planet that appeared in the very first episode of the show, Mando Kreis.
The Prisoner and Q9-0
The episode contains several references to the Season 1 episode, “The Prisoner”. The first is the return of Dave Filoni’s Trapper Wolf. Then is the dismantled droid, Q9-0, that Trask uses as a translator, which allows for the brief return of Q9-o, voiced by Richard Ayoade.
The next is when the New Republic pilots explain Mando has an arrest warrant for the breakout featured in that episode but is allowed to go free thanks to imprisoning several other criminals (also seen in the episode).
The large white spiders are based on concept art from Ralph McQuarrie for the Empire Strikes Back. Originally the creatures were to feature in the Dagobah swamp. The same concept art was used for the basis of the Krykna which were featured in Star Wars: Rebels, although it’s unclear if these spiders are also Krykna.
Chapter 11: The Heiress
The third episode of the second series, The Heiress, was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (who also directed Chapter 4: Sanctuary) pays a big homage to Dallas Howard’s father, Ron Howard in its opening sequence.
The early scenes of the Razor Crest crashing into the atmosphere mirror some similar scenes in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13.
The Death Star
Another subtle reference in the opening scenes is an image on one of the Razor Crest’s displays which are supposed to be the planet Trask and where Mando is trying to land, looks suspiciously like the Death Star, or at least the holographic plans for it that we have seen throughout the franchise.
As the show continues its diving more into Mandalorian lore, other Mandalorians Star Wars fans already know are starting to appear. People who haven’t seen the animated Clone Wars or Rebels series may not realise the importance of Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze, but it’s an understatement to say that she is an important and well connected Star Wars character.
Bo-Katan is the sister of Sateen, the duchess of Mandalore during the Clone Wars who was set on the planet staying out of the war between the Republic and Separatists. Bo-Katan who disagreed with her sister joined Death Watch, a terrorist insurgence group that believed Mandalore should embrace their warrior past (and are also the ones who saved a young Din Djarin in the Mandalarion Season 1 flashbacks).
Sateen, who had a romantic past with Obi-Wan, was killed as Darth Maul took over Mandalore. At this point Bo-Katan left Death Watch, refusing Maul’s leadership and began the Night Owls, a new Mandalorian faction who fought against Maul’s invasion of Mandalore (with help from Obi-Wan, Ahsoka Tano, and a battalion of Clones).
Bo-Katan later appeared in the Rebels animated series where she was given the Dark Saber, and with it the right to unite the clans of Mandalore and rule the planet.
The appearance of a live-action Bo-Katan is even more interesting, and plays into the long game of Dave Filoni, with her being played by Katee Sackhoff, who was Bo-Katan’s voice actor in both Clone Wars and Rebels.
The Dark Saber
As the episode draws to a close it is revealed that the reason Bo-Katan and the other Mandalorians are capturing the Imperial ship is to track down Off Gideon and retrieve the Darksaber – which is mentioned by name for the first time on the show.
Chronologically, the last time fans saw the saber before Moff Gideon used it at the end of The Mandalorian’s first season was with Bo-Katan in Star Wars Rebels. She makes it clear here that with it she can once again reunite Mandalore.
One of the Mandalorians with Bo-Katan is Koska Reeves, played by Mercedes Varnado, who is also known as the WWE wrestler Sasha Banks. Koska appeared in the trailers for Mandalorian Season 2.
Children of the Watch
The Heiress starts to dive into the Mandalore lore and begins to reconcile some of the discrepancies there has been with information we have learnt about Mando and his fellow warriors. Namely, that Bo-Katan and the others freely take off their masks, and explain that Din Djarin is a “Child of the Watch”.
She goes on to explain The Children of the Watch are a group of religious extremists who believe in restoring the ancient and let’s be honest over the top ways of Mandalore, by ensuring that it’s warriors don’t remove their masks.
Mando refutes this, but fans know Bo-Katan is telling the truth as all other Mandalorians we have seen can freely take off their helmets. This could lead to more Pedro Pascal showing up (which is never a bad thing), as well as Mando meeting many more Mandalorians, that aren’t part of the small cult he has been raised in.
The unnamed Imperial captain of the Imperial Gozanti-Class cruiser that the Mandalorian’s attack is played by Titus Welliver, known for Lost, Sons of Anarchy, and Bosch.
But the episodes biggest reference is the direct name drop of Ahsoka Tano, and Bo-Katan telling Mando to take The Child to her.
Ahsoka is the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker who first appeared in the Clone Wars animated series (and movie) and later took on Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels. Rosario Dawson is rumoured to be playing Ahsoka in the Mandalorian’s second season, so hopefully, it’s true and she appears soon.
Chapter 12 – The Siege
The bounty hunter turned nurse droid, IG-11, gets a blink and you’ll miss it reference in The Siege. As Greef Karga takes Mando into his new magistrate’s office, in the background is a statue tribute to IG-11.
A cool nod to the character voiced by Taika Waititi – although it’s a bit messed up when you think the tribute is probably made out his actual body parts.
Greef Karga’s assistant is an unnamed Mythrol, as played by Horatio Sanz. This specific Mythrol is the same one Mando captured and froze in carbonite in the very first episode of the show. The Mythrol mentions that he still can’t see out of one eye thanks to the Carbonite blindness – something we see Han Solo suffer from after he wakes from a carbonate freezing thanks to the original Mandalorian, Boba Fett, in Return of the Jedi.
The hologram of Dr Pershing, returning from a few brief appearances in the first season, mentions the Child’s “M-Count”. This is most certainly a reference to his midi-chlorian count, which indicates the force using ability of an individual (Anakin Skywalker had an unprecedented midi-chlorian count).
Referring to this as an “M-count” is likely a nod to the real word hatred for midi-chlorian’s, which many fans saw as adding an unnecessary and explanatory element to the otherwise mystical use of the Force.
Supreme Leader Snoke
As Mando, Greef, and Cara discover what looks to be experiments to replicate Force-sensitive abilities, the bodies in the mysterious tanks bring to mind the shots of Supreme Leader Snoke from The Rise of Skywalker.
There it was revealed that Snoke was a creation of Emperor Palpatine, the result of his attempts to create himself a new body. Whether Moff Gideon’s Force experiments are directly connected to the Emperor’s efforts (which are running parallel to the Mandalorian’s storyline) or this is something separate is unclear, but the bodies in the tanks have a similar head scar to Snoke and share his pale elongated features.
To sell the connection even more a Mandaloraion version of Snoke’s theme from the movies is played as the heroes discover the tanks.
But perhaps the most interesting and convincing part of the Force experimentation/cloning idea is that Dr Pershing, a man we’ve seen is heavily involved in the plot to capture The Child since Season 1, wears a symbol on his shoulder (best seen in the below image). That image has appeared several times before, namely on the arms of clones on Kamino (where the troopers for the Clone army were created).
Paul Sun-Hyung Le’s Captain Carson Teva returns form earlier in the season and has a brief conversation with Cara Dune, where he reminds viewers that Cara is from Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home planet that was destroyed by the Death Star in A New Hope.
Obi-Wan on the Death Star
When the Mythrol climbs across to the controls above the lava in the Imperial base it is a clear nod to Obi-Wan, as he disabled the tractor beam on the Death Star in A New Hope.
The end of the episode reveals some vague and purposely framed shots of what appear to be the results of Moff Gideon’s Force experimentation. The black armour looks somewhere between Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper and is likely teasing the Dark Trooper program. The Dark Troopers were Force-sensitive dark side welding Imperial troopers that were part of the Expanded Universe canon before the Disney reboot.
This could lead to the inclusion of Kyle Katarn, a former Imperial officer and star of several Star Wars games, such as Star Wars Dark Forces and the Jedi Outcast games, who was responsible for destroying the Dark Trooper program and went on to become a Jedi in Luke’s new Jedi Order.
Chapter 13 – The Jedi
After casting rumours for months and a mention earlier in the season Ahsoka Tano finally made her live-action debut, played by Rosario Dawson, and Clone Wars fans across the world collectively cried. The episode was fitting written and directed by Dave Filoni, the man behind much of the Clone Wars and Rebels shows.
With Ahsoka’s return to the screen came with it her theme from the Clone Wars and Rebels animated show, the return of the Morai owl which has a mysterious connection to Ahsoka, mentions of the Clone Wars and knowing what training someone who is too old and has attachments can result in (referring to her former master Anakin Skywalker). Character designer Brian Matyas explained that Ahsoka’s head tails were shortened to help with stunts and practically (in Star Wars Rebels, they extended down to her waist).
Dave Filoni has hinted that this episode happens before the closing scenes of Star Wars Rebels, where Ahsoka embraces her inner Gandalf – teasing much more Ahsoka story to come.
Yoda and Yaddle
Ahoksa specifically says that she has only ever known another being like Grogu (menaing she hadn’t met Grogu himself), and then name drops Yoda. Noting him to be a very wise and powerful Jedi.
This means that something happened to Yaddle, the female of Yoda and Grogu’s species that is seen on the Jedi Council in The Phantom Menace in-between that time and when Ahsoka arrived at the Jedi Temple. Yaddle gets a mention in the Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order game.
Morgan Elspeth’s lieutenant, Lang, is played by Michale Biehn. Biehn has had several notable roles, but most prominent is as Kyle Reese in The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Governor Wing, the man seen throughout the episode, and who eventually takes over from Elspeth is played by Wing T. Chao. Chao is a Disney legend (literally, being named an official legend by the company in 2019), and former Imagineer. Chao had key roles in multiple Disney Parks and is said to be the man responsible for negotiating the deals that led to Hong Kong Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Paris.
When Mando and Ahsoka attack the village, an angry creature hisses and runs away. It looks a lot like a Loth Cat, which were brought to live-action in The Mandalorian’s first season, but primarily link with Ahsoka’s return thanks to their heavy use (and debut) in Star Wars Rebels.
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Much of why Ahsoka is after Morgan Elspeth (other than just being a good guy taking down bad guys) is kept a mystery until she asks for the location of Elspeth’s “Master”. Initially, this brings to mind the idea that Elspeth maybe some kind of fallen Jedi or even a Sith, but it is eventually revealed that she serves Thrawn.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is basically Sherlock Holmes, except he has blue skin, red eyes, and is a ruthless Imperial officer that works closely with the Emperor (and is one of the few people to know that Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader). Originally introduced in the books by Timothy Zahn in the expanded universe, Thrawn rallied what was left of the Empire following Return of the Jedi.
Disney reintroduced him to canon through more recent books (again written by Thrawn’s creator Timothy Zahn), and the Star Wars Rebels series, where he first encountered Ahsoka. Thrawn’s fate in Rebels is rather ambitious as he is shot off into space through hyperspace to an unknown location (along with Jedi in training Ezra Bridger), so how he is connected to Elspeth, and where he is, is yet to be revealed.
The HK-87 Droids
The droids that work with Morgan Elspeth and Lang are HK-87 assassin droids, which are similar to HK dories that have appeared in video games and the older expanded universe, but most importantly they show the insignia of Thrawn’s seventh fleet printed on their heads.
After saying she can’t train the Child, Ahsoka tells Mando to take Grogu to Tython (giving him yet another ‘take the child here and do this’ mission in the process). For more casual fans Tython may just sound like another Star Wars planet, but it is actually the home to the very first Jedi Temple.
The idea of finding other Jedi on Tython opens the door to several surviving Jedi, including Luke Skywalker himself, who will be setting up his own Jedi Academy around the same time as The Mandalorian is set.
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