There are rare things in life which are actually worth all the waiting, delays, and hurdles. But thankfully, The Mandalorian Season 2 finale delivers on all accounts and is more than worth the months of building anticipation. While the good guys always win in the Star Wars Universe, it’s the way Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and Peyton Reed bring about the conclusion that has us still collecting our jaws from the floor while wiping away the avalanche of tears.
The following contains massive spoilers from The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode “The Rescue.” Proceed with caution or binge the episode ASAP!
Last we saw The Mandalorian, Mando had been amassing his own Justice League (with a better future than the real DC versions) to rescue Grogu from the evil clutches of Moff Gideon. “The Rescue” begins with Mando, Cara Dune, along with Boba Fett and Fennec Shand uniting with Bo-Katan and Koska, but not before a brief scuffle between the latter and Boba Fett. Bo-Katan agrees to help Mando on one account– she gets to defeat (read: kill) Moff Gideon and take the Darksaber to become the rightful ruler of Mandalore.
The Mandalorian finale gives us some beskar-vs-Darksaber action
While Boba Fett lures away the TIE fighters and makes Gideon think they are under attack for outside, the ladies land on his ship and swiftly take out his army of Stormtroopers. All the while the Mandolorian is sneaking to the brig where Gideon is holding Baby Grogu hostage while dealing with the Dark Troopers. Just as it felt that Mando is going to be punched to death, we get to see his beskar staff in action as he beheads the Dark Trooper and dispatches the rest into space.
But not all the action that Mando gets as soon he comes face to face with a tied up Baby Yoda with Gideon menacingly holding his Darksaber over his head. After he pretends that he is done with The Child, confirms that he can just take him and Mando even falls for the ruse (he has been doing that a lot lately), the bounty hunter defeats him fair and square.
But the victorious march of The Mandalorian back to his team is short-lived
First, it is revealed that the Dark Saber can only be won in a battle and thus it’s rightful owner plus the king of Mandalore is now Mando. But just as Bo-Katan’s expression hints that she is about ready to take a swipe at the Mandalorian, the Dark Troopers make their way back to the ship and begin tearing down the door to the main cabin.
The Mandalorian finale delivers the biggest Star Wars cameo ever!
Suddenly a lone X-Wing arrives and embarks a hooded figure who chops through the Dark Troopers like they are made of paper while Grogu gets more and more excited on seeing the figure wielding his green lightsaber with a gloved hand while using the Force with another. If all the revelations weren’t enough to clue you in then let us tell you who the mystery figure turned out to be– Luke Skywalker! And it was not some Mark Hamill wannabe lookalike– the credits mention that it’s the actor or his surprisingly perfect de-aged CGI version, along with a chattering R2-D2, and he is here to take away Baby Yoda. Oh no!
On ensues THE most moving scene in TV history, ever!
After striving to bring Grogu to a Jedi, Mando is struggling to handover his charge. But the little guy has too much power that needs the right training to be channelled in the right way, so Mando makes the hard decision to bid farewell. But it’s obvious that The Child wants to see his face one last time and going against his strict codes, Mando removes his helmet with tears in his eyes as he watched Baby Yoda go away with Luke.
As if The Mandalorian Season 2 finale wasn’t bombshell-y enough, there is a post-credit scene too!
In the sequence, Fennec and Boba Fett blast away a surviving Bib Fortuna and ascends the throne of Jabba the Hutt as the ruler of Tatooine. But that’s not the real surprise– it’s the single line towards the end on the black screen that a spinoff series focused on Boba Fett, titled The Book of Boba Fett is coming in 2021. Can it be more perfect?