Why The Mandalorian's Penultimate Episode 7 Is Arriving Early On Disney+

Baby Yoda The Child reaches out next to The Mandalorian Season 1
(Image credit: Disney+)
(Image credit: Disney+)

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While it seems like The Mandalorian just started its run on Disney+, Season 1 is already coming to a close. There are only eight episodes to the 2019 season, and the penultimate Chapter 7 airs this week, before the Chapter 8 season finale on December 27, 2019. Then there will be no more Baby Yoda content until (the toys finally show up) Season 2 arrives sometime in 2020.

The good news is that The Mandalorian Season 1's penultimate Episode 7 is arriving on Disney+ this Wednesday, December 18 instead of its usual Friday drop. Why? Well, as you can imagine, it's tied to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which opens in theaters on Friday, December 20. Star Wars wants to reserve that Friday for Episode IX's end of the Skywalker Saga.

Lucasfilm is not missing this opportunity for some Star Wars cross-promotion. The Mandalorian Chapter 7/Episode 7 will include an exclusive sneak peek at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. So if you are among those fans that think Star Wars has been revealing too much in Rise of Skywalker trailers, you have been warned.

You have also been warned that an early Mandalorian drop means early spoilers will be floating around on the web. Take care. As for what happens in the episode itself? Here's The Mandalorian Episode 7 synopsis from Disney+:

An old rival extends an invitation for The Mandalorian to make peace.

The streamer's email was accompanied by a small photo of Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) as Moff Gideon, described by EW as a former governor under the Empire whose life changed after the Rebels destroyed the second Death Star.

Disney+ hasn't revealed any information yet on The Mandalorian Episode 8 season finale. Each episode leaves us with a lot of questions, including several after the most recent Episode 6, which premiered December 13. I'm sure we will have many questions left hanging long into 2020 after the Season 1 finale.

I wonder how the Star Wars galaxy will continue the Baby Yoda obsession during The Mandalorian's hiatus. The toys will eventually show up (perhaps to Anthony Daniels' dismay), but other than that sipping meme being used over and over, will fans just move on to a new fad? Hope not. Maybe Disneyland can continue to add Baby Yoda in adorable ways.

If you haven't watch The Mandalorian yet, or you know someone who is on the fence, here are the only things you need to know before watching the new live-action show. If you know someone who doesn't have Disney+ yet, you can give them this link for a free 7-day trial. Here's what the streamer is adding in December 2019 -- including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but only after Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters. Because Netflix. We should hear later this month about the new Disney+ offerings for January 2020.

In other TV news, keep up with everything premiering in early 2020 with our handy TV schedule.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.