When The Mandalorian premiered its Season 2 in October, legions of its fans were taken by a feast of Easter eggs scattered amongst the extended episode and eagle-eyed viewers would notice that the trend continues in its second episode. With everything from a funny reference to the episode director to callouts to the past episodes to hidden references alluding to the larger Star Wars universe, episode “The Passenger” packs a lot.
The Mandalorian Season 2 episode 2 sees Mando and Baby Yoda right after the last episode following which they are ambushed by looters, whom Din Djarin dispatches in his unique style. But he is still looking for fellow Mandalorians so he says yes to transport a frog alien mommy with her unfertilized eggs (that Baby Yoda has his eyes on) to another planet when she divulges that she has the info he needs. But while Boba Fett or Cobb Vanth sadly don’t appear, the trio still manage to land in trouble and get stuck on an icy planet where they get attacked by well, another Easter egg there!
So, incase you were otherwise occupied with overwhelming cuteness of Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian Season 2’s second episode, here are the major Easter eggs that are hiding in plain sight in it:
The Mos Eisley Cantina makes an appearance
The Mos Eisley Cantina first appeared in 1977’s Star Wars, when Luke Skywalker and his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi arrive at the dimly lit tavern which had a crowd that ranged from starship pilots to exotic alien species to shady characters. Frequent fights was a staple and this is where a lightsaber was used for the first time in a combat on-screen when Obi-Wan draws one to protect Luke after he is threatened by Ponda Baba, an Aqualish, and Doctor Evazan.
In The Mandalorian, the cantina is recreated with perfection as Mando drops by to get more info.
Inside the cantina, Peli Motto is playing cards with Dr. Mandible who is this giant ant-like creature that could be a subtle nod to Ant-Man director Peyton Reed who helms this particular episode.
The game of Sabacc is on
Given the massive ant there, many may have missed this The Mandalorian Season 2 Easter egg. The card game Peli and Manible are playing is called Sabacc, the very famous card game that Han Solo played to win the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian. The game has been a common occurrence throughout the Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars fan would have instantly recognized the iconic X-wing ships, under the rule of the New Republic, that stop Mando. Luke Skywalker famously destroyed the Death Star controlling an X-wing, a name the ships get because of the shape their wings turn into when they are ready to combat.
“Chapter 6” is revisited
The pilots on-board the X-wing apprehend Mando by asking about his craft’s presence in the New Republic correctional transport Bothan-five, which is where Mando was in Chapter 6, “The Prisoner, aiding in a dating prison escape.