The Mandalorian : Season 2 Finale Recap

The Mandalorian takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983) in the Star Wars franchise. Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in the widely popular TV series, who is a bounty hunter trying to return “The Child” to his people – “The Jedis”. Jon Favreau continued serving as the showrunner for the show, which was produced by Lucas Film, Fairview Entertainment, and Golem Creations. On October 30, 2020, the eight-episode season began on Disney+, and it aired through December 18, 2020.

Mando has scoured the galaxy for the ideal person to train his cute little green son throughout the outstanding second season. He encounters other Mandalorians, powerful Jedis, famous bounty hunters, etc. After all these encounters, he realized that his way isn’t the only Mandalorian way. Certain borders were worth crossing for the people he cared about. And as he nears the end of his quest, he understands that he must sacrifice his desires for the needs of the one he loves most, even if it breaks his heart.

Epic Finale of The Mandalorian Season 2

There are good season finales. Then there are better finales. Then there is The Mandalorian season 2 finale! Till this finale, everyone knew that The Mandalorian can deliver in action. And we were confident that the show will deliver on fan-favorite characters and moments. However, with the Season 2 finale, it finally opened up its heart in an emotional way, landing a massive gut punch.

Confronting Moff Gideon in Imperial Cruiser

Mando confronted Moff Gideon in the Season 2 finale to rescue his little son Grogu from captivity. But this time, Mando finally called in all the favors he’d done over the previous two seasons. Mando walked right onto Moff Gideon’s Imperial Cruiser, surrounded by Cara Dune, Bo-Katan, Koska Reeves, Fennec Shand, and even Boba Fett, and blew through Stormtroopers and Dark Troopers alike. Moff appeared to be willing to let Mando leave with Grogu as long as he didn’t touch the ominous weapon known as the Darksaber, which Bo-Katan was after.

Mando with his beskar spear fights Moff Gideon with the Darksaber
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Mando with his beskar spear fights Moff Gideon with the Darksaber

The deal, naturally, falls through, resulting in yet another heated battle that puts Mando’s beskar armor to the test. Although Mando triumphs, the scene offers an intriguing question: Was Mando sincere in his acceptance of the deal? After all, it’s Gideon who breaks the deal. Mando’s main priority has always been to save Grogu, but was he willing to sell away Bo-Katan to ensure Grogu’s safety? He’d also be selling out Mandalore and the possibility for the planet to be reclaimed if he sold out Bo-Katan. Is his love so powerful that it threatens his sense of honor? Unfortunately for Bo-Katan, Mando had now legitimately earned the Darksaber by defeating Moff in combat. Bo-Katan will now have to defeat Mando in combat, to earn the Darksaber and reclaim Mandalore. The episode comes to an end with no conclusion on these fronts as these are potential setups for the third season.

The Prodigal Son meets The Mandalorian

Soon after taking down Moff, the Dark Troopers return in a much larger number. Will the blast doors on the deck be able to keep them out? Short answer is yes. Long answer is no, not a chance. Gideon mocks Mando and his comrades, as they prepare for a deadly confrontation with the Dark Troopers, not anticipating the arrival of a dark-hooded Jedi in an X-Wing. The pounding on the doors stops and Grogu senses that whoever is piloting the X-Wing is strong with the Force.

The Jedi arrive in The Imperial Cruiser in The Mandolarian
The Jedi arrive in The Imperial Cruiser in The Mandolarian

A hooded, black-clad man emerges from the corridors and dispatches the Dark Troopers with ease, wielding a familiar-looking green lightsaber. As the team is busy watching the Jedi in action, Gideon starts shooting. And as he tries to kill Grogu, Mando leaps in front of him and deflects the shot. Gideon attempts suicide, but Cara takes the blaster from his grip and knocks him out. The Jedi ascends to the level of the bridge and eliminates the remaining Dark Troopers with ease. Grogu looks at Mando and asks him to open the blast doors. Fennec believes he’s insane, but Mando is the one who does it. When the doors open, the identity of the Jedi is revealed. And he is none other than, you guessed it right, Luke Skywalker!

Mando and Grogu must go separate ways

As you may recall, Ahsoka stated that Grogu needed to be trained by a Jedi, but that he had a lot of fear, which may lead him to the dark side. He needed a strong teacher, not someone like Ahsoka, who was disenchanted with the Jedi. You’ll recall that in Episode 6, Mando led Grogu to an old temple on Tython, where Grogu used the Force to summon any living Jedi to come and find him. Luke appears to have received the message and has arrived to take Grogu and begin his training. “He is strong with the Force!” Luke says. “But, talent without training is nothing.  I’ll give my life to protect The Child, but he will not be safe until he masters his abilities.” He’s most likely taking Grogu to the same Jedi Academy where he is either training or will soon be training a young Ben Solo.

Mando reveals his face to Grogu- The Mandolarian
Mando reveals his face to GroguThe Mandolarian

The Mandalorian’s biggest surprise comes right here, in this instant – it slams you square in the chest. Mando, who had stubbornly refused to remove his helmet for two seasons, does so to say his goodbyes. As Grogu looks innocently at his father figure, Luke says “He wants your permission”. “I’ll see you again” Mando promises as he removes his helmet. Not to advance the plot, but to reveal Grogu – his child, for all intents and purposes – what he truly is. He lets down his guard, his tough demeanor, to console Grogu and reassure him that everything would be alright. The second season of The Mandalorian closes on a bittersweet note, with a tearful Mando refusing to pick up his helmet. Luke and Grogu leave Mando with:

May the Force be with you!

Luke Skywalker to Mando, The Mandalorian Season 2

Swaham Mohanty

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