The Mandalorian Season 1: Episode 8 Ending Explained

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The Mandalorian Season 1, Episode 8 may be the best of the season, which is fitting as it's the ending of the first season. There are a lot of questions answered in the episode, and yet, there's just as much introduced that viewers no doubt have a slew of questions after watching. Others may be a little confused as to what exactly happened and that's completely fine, we have the answers.

Can't quite remember where everyone ended up, or what that big reveal was about at the very end? This breakdown covers everything that happened in The Mandalorian Season 1, Episode 8, and can serve as a refresher for each character's standing ahead of Season 2. Hopefully, the unknowns at the end of this season will come into play in the future.

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What Happened To The Mandalorian And Baby Yoda?

The Mandalorian's real name was revealed to be Din Djarin, and viewers finally saw his discovery by The Mandalorians, which led to him being taken in as a Foundling. At the end of the Season 1 finale, Djarin successfully took down Moff Gideon's ship, and took Baby Yoda off world to an undisclosed location.

Though it isn't revealed where the two are going, The Mandalorian Episode 8 showed what the plan is. "The Armorer" (played by Emily Swallow) made Baby Yoda Djarin's Foundling, which is a role akin to parenting. Djarin is now obligated by Mandalorian code to train the child into adulthood, and raise it within "The Way." That means these two are inseparable, provided no one can take the child from the bounty hunter.

It also means that this young force user may be trained to be a bad ass mercenary, thanks to his Foundling father. This definitely has some interesting implications for Star Wars' future, as canonically the only "Yoda" species we've seen have been Jedi. That's not to say this child's fate won't be the same, though there's some potential for The Mandalorian to break some new territory in Season 2.

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What's Going On With Moff Gideon?

While the characters thought otherwise, Moff Gideon was far from defeated. The Mandalorian Season 1 concluded with a couple Jawas scattering when a black blade started cutting through the wreckage of Gideon's ship. After a brief pause, Gideon emerged holding the blade, which turns out to be the coveted Darksaber. So wait, is Moff Gideon some sort of Sith?

No one knows anything for sure, though it's worth mentioning the Darksaber was created by the first Mandalorian in the Jedi order, Tarre Vizsla. Since then, the blade has passed down to ancestors of Pre Vizsla, though it had exchanged hands with some notable Star Wars characters like Darth Maul and Sabine Wren. Some of its owners have been Force sensitive, but others have not.

The Mandalorian didn't explain how Moff Gideon came in possession of the Darksaber, though it was revealed he was a part of the "Great Purge" of Mandalore. If the Darksaber was housed at the time of attack, it's possible Gideon took the weapon as a souvenir. If that's the case, then Gideon didn't get the weapon by Mandalorian custom of single combat. Should The Mandalorian reveal that, expect the survivors of Mandalore to pursue Gideon to retrieve the artifact for their people once again.

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What Happened To Greef Karga And Cara Dune?

Following The Mandalorian Episode 8's finale on Nevarro, everyone believes peace has returned to the region. Most of the Stormtroopers that occupied the area are dead, and it feels as though peace can once again return to the area. Greef Karga thinks it's high time he gets his bounty hunting guild back up and running, even if he is down the greatest bounty hunter the guild had ever seen.

While Greef lost The Mandalorian, he did gain a handy new enforcer in Cara Dune. While it appeared as though Dune was positioned to ride alongside the bounty hunter and child, Dune decided to stick around on the planet and serve as an enforcer for the bounty hunter guild. Hey, can't say we blame her after being force choked by Baby Yoda!

The main takeaway is that these two will be hanging out together following The Mandalorian Season 1. Should one of them pop up in the future, expect one to give some form of update on the other. Plus it's hard to believe that "Mando" is absolutely done with bounty hunter work, how else is he going to make money to feed the Child's frog habit?

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What Happened To The Mandalorians?

When The Mandalorian Season 1 reached Episode 8, a lot had changed on Nevarro. The bounty hunters went elsewhere, and Moff Gideon and his Stormtroopers uncovered the "covert" and paid back the Mandalorians in hiding for their aide of their comrade. It is implied by the pile of armor that many were killed, though an exact number is not known. There was a lot of armor, but perhaps some stripped theirs off to blend into the crowd and escape?

The Armorer alluded to the survival of others, so it's certainly possible Mandalorians will be seen in Season 2. As for what role they'll play, we've already seen they're more than willing to put themselves on the line to help another. It is the way, so hopefully The Mandalorian Season 1 wasn't the only time we'll see this proud warrior group banding together to kick some "Imp" ass.

There's also a chance of finding new Mandalorians, or even familiar ones believed to be dead. Yes, I'm referring to Boba Fett, and while Jon Favreau may insist the character didn't make an appearance in Season 1, we still don't know who that character in spurs was! It could've been anyone, though it would be cool if Star Wars new favorite Mandalorian came face to face with the infamous bounty hunter.

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The Mandalorian Season 1 is currently streaming on Disney+, and Season 2 is coming in fall 2020. CinemaBlend will continue to report on the series' progress in the meantime, and feature the latest and greatest news happening in the world of movies and television as well.

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