The second season of The Mandalorian was brought to an end with chapter 16 today and what a season it was.
The a Disney Plus series continues to be some of the best storytelling we’ve ever seen in the Star Wars universe and the way they bring the intricate storylines they’ve spread throughout the season together at its conclusion is truly magnificent.
There are a number of spoilers about the season from this point, so if you haven’t watched it yet or you don’t want it spoiled, stop reading now. This is your spoiler warning!
The entire season, like the first one, for the most part, focuses on the relationship between the titular character Mando and his new companion, baby Yoda (or as we later come to know, Grogu).
One of the show’s biggest strengths is Mando’s vulnerability towards Grogu and the unabashed responsibility to protect him that he displays throughout.
As the season progresses, we see just how much Mando cares when Moff Gideon takes the child and leaves our hero and his supporting cast on an epic journey to rescue Grogu.
The biggest highlights of the show include:
Ahsoka Tano’s Appearance
As a fan of the Clone Wars TV show, the introduction of Ahsoka, her first ever live action appearance, was everything I hoped it would be and more.
The entire episode was a fantastic one, Ahsoka herself was portrayed perfectly as the head strong, confident and strong hero she is and Rosario Dawson was sensational in the role. The episode, which has now led to Ahsoka getting her own Disney Plus show, was one of my favorites of the entire season.
Boba Fett’s Return
Kicking off the season with a bang, the conclusion of the first episode revealed that popular bounty hunter Boba Fett – who has been long thought dead after his apparent demise in Return of the Jedi – was alive, well and in fierce pursuit of his armour.
Heavily scarred, Boba looked great and the action scenes that he followed his return were incredible. While he was one of the most popular characters from the original trilogy, he was also the most under-utilised, so the show gives fans a proper glimpse at why he is such a great character. The finale of the season also included a post credits scene which revealed Boba was set to get his own story, The Book of Boba, which is set to debut in December 2021 and I can’t wait for that.
F**king Luke Skywalker!!
I can’t even begin to describe the joy I felt when Luke Skywalker showed up to save the day at the end of the final episode of the season. There had been a lot of speculation over who the Jedi would be who’d save Grogu following his visit to the ancient Jedi temple, but few could have predicted one of the most famous ever would be the one to show up.
Although the CGI used to de-age Mark Hamill was a little shoddy, it was worth it for what was one of the best moments of the show’s two season run. Luke’s appearance also led to a really touching moment as Mando removes his helmet to show Grogu his face for the first time as they part ways.
Overall, the season was an incredible one filled with the highest of highs and not that many lows. The only negative I have is that we have to wait so long for season three.