Mandalorian Characters Who Mean More Than You Know

During the first season of The Mandalorian,
Star Wars fans were shown the galaxy from a whole new perspective with many of the show’s
characters providing answers to some of the franchise’s oldest questions… and others
posing brand new questions for fans to ponder. In Chapter 3, Star Wars fans got a lot more
Mandalorian than they bargained for. After turning Baby Yoda over to the Client,
Mando earns a treasure trove of Beskar steel, which he brings to the mysterious Armorer
seen in the first episode. This draws the attention of the other helmeted
Mandalorians, and one of them isn’t too happy with Mando acquiring the Beskar by working
for remnants of the Empire. This scene reveals a little more about the
Mandalorian culture while still raising a few questions about their creed. During the brief melee between Mando and his
brethren, it’s revealed that the Mandalorians follow a strict warrior code. “This is the way.” Take Mando’s refusal to take the Mudhorn as
his signet, because his victory over the creature wasn’t noble enough. Or the fact that the other Mandalorians compromise
their hideout to fight for Mando and his charge in spite of their earlier hostility towards
him. These incidents speak volumes to the Mandalorians’
complex, unyielding sense of honor. During Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian, the show’s
protagonist is forced to land on Tatooine after his ship is damaged in battle with another
bounty hunter. The Razorcrest’s landing awakens a small squad
of slapstick droids whose design you may remember from The Phantom Menace, in which the same
pit droids appeared in Watto’s shop. While dormant, the droids almost look like
metal turtles. But when Jar Jar Binks unintentionally brings
one to life, the young Anakin lets him know that pressing their prominent noses puts them
back into their dormant state. More of these comical droids appear in the
podrace sequence, during which they act as clumsy, Three-Stooges-esque mechanics for
the racers. Mando insists the human mechanic Peli not
allow any of her pit droids near the Razorcrest, and he’s got a couple good reasons why. Obviously, he doesn’t want any of them finding
Baby Yoda, and he’s not exactly fond of droids in general. But Mando’s also probably aware of how remarkably
bad the droids tend to be at their jobs. In Episode I’s pod race, the droids do far
more harm than good when their antics get one of their colleagues sucked into the pod
engine of Ody Mandrell, scrapping the diminutive alien’s chances at a win. Ming-Na Wen appears in Chapter 5 as the vicious
Fennec Shand, an assassin who has been on the run ever since the New Republic imprisoned
many of her old employers. It’s not clear exactly who those employers
are, but Mando guesses they could’ve included the Hutts. That seems likely, considering she’s in hiding
on Tatooine, which has historically found itself under Hutt control. But the very fact that Shand is on the run
suggests that the Hutts may no longer be in charge and that’s kind of surprising, even
considering the recent fall of the Empire. Sure, Jabba the Hutt died during the events
of Return of the Jedi, but he was hardly the only Hutt. You would expect another would come in to
fill the power vacuum left by the crime lord’s death. The Hutts operated on Tatooine free from interference
during the reign of the old Republic, so why would that change with the new one? Of course, it’s entirely possible that, with
Luke Skywalker’s ties to Tatooine and his crucial role in defeating the Empire, the
New Republic gave the desert planet a little more attention than other Outer Rim worlds. After Mando and Baby Yoda finally blast away
from Tatooine, the show introduces another character or, at least, their feet. Not much is seen of the shadowy figure who
approaches Fennec Shand’s body, but it’s a good guess that they’re stalking Mando and
baby Yoda. And considering the prominent cape and the
Tatooine setting, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that this is a cameo by someone
fans have been hoping would show up in the series: Boba Fett. Now, Boba Fett supposedly died in Return of
the Jedi when he was knocked into the Sarlacc Pit. But in some versions of the now non-canon
Legends universe, Boba Fett’s armor helped him survive and eventually escape the Sarlacc. Many fans have been hoping the legendary bounty
hunter would eventually show up in The Mandalorian, and it’s possible this is who is seen examining
Shand’s corpse at the end of Chapter 5. Of course, it goes without saying that this
isn’t a definitive cameo by any means. After all, it isn’t as if Mando and Boba Fett
are the only Star Wars characters with capes and any number of characters could be behind
this sneaky appearance. The shadowy figure could easily be Giancarlo
Esposito’s mysterious, caped Moff Gideon, for example, or someone in his employ — and
let’s not forget that Darth Maul has a tendency to show up when you least expect him. Really, it could be anyone, and even the show’s
first season finale doesn’t offer up any answers to this question. But considering the secretive nature behind
this character’s identity and the planet they’re first seen on, it’s clear that the show’s
creative team at least wants the audience to think this could be Fett. The droid known as Zero is the Razorcrest’s
pilot during Chapter 6 but there’s more to this sinister droid than meets the eye. For one, he’s voiced by critically-acclaimed
director and actor Richard Ayoade, best known for playing Moss on The IT Crowd. “I came here to to drink milk and kick ass. And I’m I’ve just finished my milk.” But there’s also the type of droid Zero is. It seems likely that Zero is an RA-7 droid,
or something very much like it. These droids were largely used by the Empire
as spies, and in spite of some of his shortcomings, Zero does come off as slightly more cunning
than the rest of the crew. After all, he’s the only one who thinks to
examine the recording of Greef Karga’s message in case there’s something important about
it which, obviously, there is. It’s also interesting that Zero’s immediate
reaction to Baby Yoda is to try to kill him. Not to capture him and sell him to the Guild,
but simply to kill him. This could easily be down to his former Imperial
programming as a type of droid that was used specifically on clandestine missions, he may
know exactly what Baby Yoda is, and what he’s capable of. Credited only as “New Republic Soldier,” the
sole free human aboard the prison ship before Mando and his crew arrive doesn’t seem particularly
impressive at first. He’s as green as Baby Yoda, but without the
Force skills, and seems about as capable of pulling the trigger on Mando and his crew
as he is of pulling off that helmet. So it might surprise you to find that this
guy is actually Darth Vader. Well, kind of. Playing the New Republic Soldier is Matt Lanter,
an actor with a whole lot of voice work under his belt, including voicing none other than
Anakin Skywalker on the animated series The Clone Wars. He voiced the would-be Sith lord again in
Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, as well as in video games such as
Star Wars: Battlefront II and a number of the LEGO Star Wars games. The sister/brother duo of Xi’an and Qin aren’t
exactly the most sympathetic characters in The Mandalorian. Xi’an comes off as the kind of killer who
would just laugh as she tears her victims to pieces, while Qin betrays just about everyone
in Chapter 6, including the crew sent to break him out — and even his own sister. However, it does seem like the pair have good
reasons to have turned cold and heartless. Xi’an and Qin are Twi’leks, a race known for
being targets for galactic slave traders. Female Twi’leks in particular are sought out
because they’re considered physically attractive to many different races, and you might remember
seeing female Twi’lek slaves in Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi or in Mos Espa in The
Phantom Menace. Xi’an hints that she and Mando have been intimate
in the past, and even implies she might have seen him without his helmet but she doesn’t
seem like a particularly reliable source, either. While Qin is seemingly dead by the end of
Chapter 6, Xi’an is still alive on the prison ship, and it could be that more about her
and Mando’s past is revealed at some point later in the series. By the time Mando returns to the space station
after springing Qin from the New Republic prison ship, he knows he’s got nothing but
more betrayal waiting for him. He takes the tracker that was triggered by
the prison guard before his death and plants it on Qin. Once Mando leaves the station, Ran orders
a pilot to kill him, but the waiting gunship never gets a chance. Qin discovers the tracker and moments later,
three X-Wing fighters appear and open fire on the hostile vessel. But the three pilots who attack the space
station are all used to working on the other side of the camera. They are Rick Famuyiwa, Dave Filoni, and Deborah
Chow. All three have directed episodes of The Mandalorian,
with Famuyiwa directing this very episode. Meanwhile, both Filoni and Famuyiwa have writer
and producer credits on the series. Filoni has been with the Star Wars universe
for a while. In fact, he oversees Lucasfilm’s entire animation
division. Before The Mandalorian, he worked as a developer
and supervising director of The Clone Wars, Star Wars Resistance, and Star Wars: Rebels. When Mando returns to the planet where he
first meets Cara Dune, the Rebel veteran is having a ball brawling a spiky-headed opponent. Cara’s opponent is a Dathomirian Zabrak a species whose most famous member is Darth Maul. The resilient Sith lord killed Qui-Gon
Jinn way back in The Phantom Menace, and was seemingly cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi, but
miraculiously survived and showed up in both The Clone Wars at the end of Solo: A Star
Wars Story. Because Sith lords are super tough to kill,
right Palpatine? Too soon? Feels too soon… anyway… This Zabrak’s name isn’t revealed, but in
spite of Cara Dune getting the best of him, he must be a resilient sort as well. The Sith wiped out much of their race during
the Clone Wars in retaliation for an assassination attempt on Count Dooku. Whether this Zabrak or his parents were lucky
and happened to be off-world or if they managed to escape the Sith’s punishment by other means,
he’s likely one of the last of his people. It may be a running joke that stormtroopers
aren’t very good at hitting their targets, but the kernels of truth that make those jokes
funny don’t apply to the Death Troopers. In Chapter 7 of The Mandalorian, the troopers
in black armor who show up outside the Client’s compound are Death Troopers elite Imperial
soldiers specializing in stealth and trained to achieve maximum body counts. One of their main tasks was guarding high-ranking
members of the Empire, so the fact that a squad of these deadly warriors precedes Moff
Gideon’s arrival on Navarro speaks to just how influential Gideon is. If the Death Troopers look familiar, they
should. The Death Troopers kept Orson Krennic company
through most of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They can be seen in the spin-off’s opening
sequence, when Krennic finds the Erso family in hiding, and they’re with him on
Scarif when the heroes arrive to get the Death Star plans. The deployment of the Death Troopers to the
battlefield is one of the moments that turns the tide against the Rebels’ surprise attack
on the facility. In Chapter 7, The Mandalorian’s main antagonist
makes his first appearance: Moff Gideon. And Gideon gets some more to do in the show’s
finale, including making a stunning reveal that calls back to Star Wars’ animated shows. Some interesting details about Gideon become
clear in Chapter 8. First, Moff Gideon is apparently presumed
dead by much of the galaxy. When Mando tells his allies who is waiting
for them outside the compound, Cara says it’s impossible because Moff Gideon was executed
for war crimes. Second, it seems that Gideon had a position
of power on Mandalore. After Gideon reveals that he knows Mando’s
birth name, Mando tells his allies the only record of that name was in the registers of
Mandalore, and that Gideon was an officer with the Imperial Security Bureau during the
Mandalorian Purge. But the biggest reveal comes after Gideon’s
TIE fighter crashes on Navarro. Gideon cuts himself free from the crash with
the Darksaber a black lightsaber that first appeared in the Clone Wars animated series. The Darksaber was originally held by Tarre
Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi. The weapon changed hands a number of times
and was last seen in the possession of Sabine Wren and Bo-Katan in Star Wars Rebels. It’s not yet clear how Gideon got his hands
on the Darksaber but considering the man in question, it’s fair to say he probably didn’t
get it by asking politely. Even at the end of The Mandalorian’s first
season, not much is known about Greef Karga’s past. Obviously, he’s a man of high rank in the
bounty hunters’ guild. From his dealings with Mando, it appears Greef
is a cunning, intelligent bounty hunter who will happily stab his allies in the back if
it suits his needs. He does show a spark of honor in Chapter 7,
however, when he saves the Child and his protectors in return for Baby Yoda saving Greef’s life
earlier in the episode. Season One’s finale does offer up one big
hint about Karga’s past, though. When Moff Gideon and his Imperial forces have
the heroes cornered, he reveals that he knows very specific information about them all. Along with what he tells us about Mando and
Cara, Gideon refers to Greef Karga as a “disgraced magistrate.” Greef being a disgraced magistrate suggests
that unlike his allies this bounty hunter once walked a much different path. It’s not clear what exactly Greef did to earn
his dishonor, though he is seen reaching for a bottle of liquor in his most desperate hour. It’s entirely possible that Greef has a soft
spot for a vice or two. “I never once touched my per diem – I go to
craft service, get some raw veggies, bacon, cup of soup, baby I got a stew going!” Chapter 8 opens on the pair of scout troopers
who killed Kuiil and kidnapped the child in the previous episode. Waiting outside the town in which Gideon has
surrounded Mando, the troopers wait around for orders — and a comical scene unfolds
with the troopers arguing about the Child, and trying and failing to shoot at a piece
of rubble. “A pet? OWWW!” “Serves you right.” Although their helmets hide their faces, the
show’s credits reveal that the troopers are played by two actors more than familiar with
a little comedy. One of the troopers is played by former Saturday
Night Live writer and cast member Jason Sudeikis, more recently known as one of the stars of
the 2017 science fiction black comedy Colossal. The other scout trooper is played by Adam
Pally, who Marvel fans might know as Gary the Cameraman from 2013’s Iron Man 3 — the
Tony Stark superfan who helps his idol with his news van’s hardware. At first there didn’t seem to be much to say
about the enigmatic Manadalorian Armorer who works with Mando’s Beskar in the show’s early
episodes. Chapter 8, however, gives a little more insight
into the Armorer’s past. First, it’s clear that the Armorer is more
than just a woman who fashions armor and weapons she’s a person of authority within the Mandalorian
culture. The first hints of this appear in Chapter
3, when she stops the impending brawl between Mando and his brethren. In Chapter 8, when the Armorer tells Mando
he must discover the Child’s unknown species and reunite them, her word on the matter seems
final. This would suggest her standing in relation
to Mando has an almost religious weight to it like a priest sending a knight on a holy
quest. Second, it’s shown that the Armorer is as
much of a warrior as she is an armorer. When she rebuffs Mando’s insistence that she
come with him and his allies, it seems like she’s content to die fighting like so many
of her fellow Mandalorians but that isn’t what happens. With nothing more than the tools of her trade,
the Armorer takes out an entire squad of fully-armed stormtroopers armed with blasters. Don’t be surprised if this particular character
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