It hasn’t been all that long since we all witnessed the shocking and downright awesome final moments of The Mandalorian Season 2 back in December 2020, but with everything that has happened since — multiple spinoffs being announced, a series regular getting fired, etc. — some of us could use a refresher on everything that went down in the Disney+ original series’ sophomore year. And, I mean, a lot went down throughout the show’s eight-episode arc. We saw the return of long-lost characters, the live-action debut of others, and the ever-popular Baby Yoda finally got a name.
All that being said, now is the perfect time to take a break and look back at the biggest and most badass things that went down in The Mandalorian Season 2 before we catch back up with Din Djarin, Baby Yoda, I mean, Grogu, and the rest of the cast at some point in the very near future. This is the way…
Major Mandalorian Season 2 spoilers ahead!
Boba Fett Returned From The Depths Of The Sarlacc Pit
For some of us, including certain actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Boba Fett is and will forever be the most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy. And while the character has returned in various novels, comic books, and video games over the years, it was always assumed that his live-action days were over once he landed in the Sarlacc Pit in The Return of the Jedi.
That all changed at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2’s opener when a mysterious and shadowy figure was seen staring into the distance on Tatooine. It was later revealed that it was, in fact, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) back from the grave, err...pit, to find his iconic armor and take care of some unfinished business. Better yet, he became a major fixture of the show, and by the end of it received a series of his own: The Book of Boba Fett.
Ahsoka Tano Made Her Live-Action Debut
Boba Fett wasn’t the only fan-favorite character to show up in The Mandalorian Season 2, as Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), the former Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, stepped in to help Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Baby Yoda while also providing the viewers with much-needed exposition.
It wasn’t like Ashoka Tano was there just to guide the plot along; she was on a mission of her own: find Grand Admiral Thrawn. Oh, and the dual lightsaber-wielding Jedi also kicked a lot of ass as she took on Morgan Elsbeth in a superbly-shot and choreographed fight for the people of Calodan. Just like Boba Fett, this isn’t the last we’ll see of Ahsoka…
Bo-Katan Kryze Showed Up And Explained The Dark Saber
Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) was another character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to appear in The Mandalorian Season 2, and just like Ahsoka Tano, she kicked a lot of ass and provided some key info in multiple regards. Whenever Bo-Katan was around in the three episodes in which she appeared, she and her fellow Mandalorians didn’t hold back in their never-ending fight against what’s left of the Galactic Empire and her hunt for for Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
But, why is Bo-Katan after the imperial leader? Oh yeah, he has her darksaber, and she’ll stop at nothing to get it back. This becomes a problem later on in the season when Din Djarin accidentally defeats Moff and receives the fabled weapon. With the only way for Bo-Katan to become the leader of the planet Mandalore, she has to win the saber in combat or have her opponent submit, so she can’t simply take it back from Mando and go about her business.
Din Djarin Won The Darksaber From Moff Gideon
Speaking of the fight between Din Djarin and Moff Gideon that resulted in the latter handing over the darksaber… that entire one-on-one, and what went down leading to the confrontation, was one of the most intense moments in the entirety of The Mandalorian Season 2. And while this will definitely cause some issues for Din and Bo-Katan Kryze moving forward (these two are going to have to have an epic yet reluctant battle at some point, right?), the moment was nonetheless amazing to watch.
Watching Moff Gidon as he goes from thinking he was able to catch Mando in a trap (with Baby Yoda as the bait) only to have his arrogance come back to bite him in the butt makes for one of those “jump up and throw your fist in the sky” moments which make Star Wars so magical. Plus, it also sets up another epic showdown in the future.
Baby Yoda’s Name And Stronger Powers Were Revealed
One of the biggest things to go down in The Mandalorian Season 2 was the big reveal that came down from Ahsoka Tano when she told Din Djarin that Baby Yoda, aka The Child, was actually named Grogu. Being able to connect with the little green 50-year-old toddler via the Force, the Jedi seemingly learned more about Grogu in a few minutes than Mando did in all the episodes leading up to the conversation.
Later on, Grogu, now knowing more about the Force and ways of the Jedi, is able to reach out to a potential Jedi Master by using the Seeing Stone on Tython (a key moment that would ultimately lead to the little guy getting captured again). While the moment ended in heartbreak, seeing Baby Yoda become stronger with the Force was pretty, pretty cool.
Moff Gideon’s Plans For Baby Yoda Were Finally Revealed
It has always been implied that Moff Gideon was after Baby Yoda for his blood, but partway through The Mandalorian Season 2 it was revealed that the man trying to keep the Galactic Empire afloat and see a new day was up to something that could potentially have major ramifications for Din and everyone else who doesn’t side with the dark side of the Force.
At the end of the episode “The Siege,” Mando and crew discover Moff wants the blood to inject into “volunteers” in order to make a Force-sensitive personal army that will usher in a new era for what’s left of the Empire. Although the thought of Midi-chlorians brings back nightmares for certain Star Wars fans, finally knowing the extent of the villain’s plans made for great TV.
Luke Skywalker Returned To Train Baby Yoda As A Jedi
That personal army of super-soldiers, however, was no match for the returning Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the season finale of The Mandalorian, as the iconic character and his signature green lightsaber (and Force powers) made short order of them and turned the lot into a hunk of crumpled metal. This was one of “those” moments that Star Wars fans live for, and it didn’t disappoint, especially for anyone who woke up at the crack of dawn to avoid spoilers.
Who knows where the great adventure will go from here for Grogu, Din Djarin, or the rest of the characters featured in The Mandalorian, but everything that went down in Season 2, especially those final episodes, did a lot to set up the Disney+ Star Wars universe for years to come…
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