The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 1 Boba Fett Explained

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 1 Boba Fett Explained

This post contains spoilers for first episode of The Mandalorian Season Two. This is the way.

Asking not for a friend, but myself: Is it weird to wake up at 7 a.m. on a Friday morning to watch The Mandalorian premiere with your Baby Yoda plushie—the one you’ve been raising for all quarantine, one Reese’s cup a day, a nap at 2 p.m. sharp, a bedtime story every night, the one about The Very Hungry Ewok—to be ready for this one, shining, moment, when he sees himself on screen for the first time?

Me neither. Anyway! The Mandalorian’s Season Two premiere dropped on Disney+ overnight, catching up with Mando’s quest to return Baby Yoda to the Baby Yoda people, Moff Gideon trailing somewhere behind them. And the Jon Favreau-directed episode didn’t disappoint, giving us another classic Mandalorian, monster-of-the week joint—which sees Mando on exterminator duty once again, chasing down a sandworm-looking baddie called a Krayt Dragon. It’s a blast, mostly managing to avoid any extended-universe hints and overarching storylines until the very last shot. Which, yeah, is the season-changing return of Old Man Boba.

Season Two, Episode One picks up right after Season One’s finale, (foster) father and son rolling around looking for another Mandalorian to help track down Baby Yoda’s clan. This brings the duo to Gamor, where Baby Yoda watches a very-not-age-appropriate deathmatch between two Gamorreans and learn that there’s a Mandalorian on Tattooine. When they head there, turns out the Mandalorian isn’t really a Mandalorian, just some dude named Gor Koresh who bought Boba Fett’s scavenged armor from some antsy Jawas. Mando wants to reclaim the armor—you know, the Mandalorian creed and all—so he works out a deal with Koresh. Help take down the Krayt Dragon that’s been terrorizing his town, then he gets the Beskar payload. Through some teaming up with the sand peeps, explosives, lots of em, and Mando MacGyvering his way through dragon vom, Team Mando-Baby Yoda saves the day and kills the beast.

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It’s good stuff. The premiere is a sort of a reintroduction/warm-up to The Mandalorian’s slower-paced, along-for-the-ride vibes. No Sabine Wren. No Ahsoka Tano. Which is good! Go back to The Rise of Skywalker’s overflowing toilet of cameos, twists, and 27-some concurrent storylines if you found yourself itching for more fireworks. The new episode does what The Mandalorian does best: Ride along with Mando and the baby, meet a friend or two, ooh and ahh at a couple fun Star Wars easter eggs, then sick a blaster on some spooky alien to save the day. Cheers and shots of spotchka all around. And when you’re done with all that, enjoy a tease, as a treat, to have you counting down the days until you can do it all again with your plushie the next Friday.

About that tease. In the very final shot of the episode—after Mando rides off with Boba Fett’s sci-fi-world-famous costume—we see the original trilogy’s silent bounty hunter creeping from afar. There’s little doubt that the bald-headed man isn’t Boba Fett—it’s the actor Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Remember, Boba is a clone, so the whole doppelgänger thing checks out. It appears our Boba boy survived the Sarlacc pit after all, and has some scars to prove it. Take a look at him now vs when we last saw his face (or at least his clone father Jango’s face) in Attack of the Clones.

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Jango Fett vs his clone son Boba helmet-less.

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With Fett now in the mix, it’s likely that Season Two will give major screentime to the original trilogy villain chasing down Mando to get his armor back. And who knows–maybe he’ll team up with his old Empire friends to get the job done, joining Moff Gideon in his hunt for Baby Yoda.

Speaking of! You thought we forgot? Yes. My son. Your son. Our son. Baby Yoda’s a bad bitch. He’s seen your memes and captioned Etsy tees (Boomer, ok!) and nightlights buried in the Halloween aisle at Rite Aid and photoshops of chicky nuggies into his wee little taloned hands. And he’s gonna make you wait. The premiere didn’t have much of the kiddo. Just a coo here and there, maybe a whimper, save for one dramatic moment when he fit his little self into a medium-sized pot.

You wan meme? You have to wait. Here’s hoping our giphy quiver will be adequately reloaded when we catch up with The Mandalorian next week.

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