Before we go into all the obscure allusions and appearances in the first episode of the second season of The Mandalorian’s season, let’s get the obvious out of the way. The shadowy character who appears at the end of the episode? Well, if you’ve seen the episode or read something on the Internet, you know it’s most likely Boba Fett. The character that appeared briefly was played by actress Temuera Morrison, who portrayed Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. That Boba is a perfect clone of Jango means that he is probably the first famous Mandalorian bounty hunter in Star Wars. (Of course, the person we saw could also be another clone from Jango’s DNA, but this seems unlikely).
That was the end of the episode, but let’s go back to the beginning. The opening scenes show Mando in streets with buildings depicting a war with storm troopers… and a gold droid that looks not unlike C-3PO. (Keep in mind that some of these representations are small tidbits that will probably never be fully resolved).
Mando soon encounters an Abyssian Cyclops monster played by none other than John Leguizamo. (Okay, this isn’t really a Star Wars Easter egg, but maybe you didn’t recognize the star among all the prostheses). In the mysterious battle arena where the two meet, Mando meets Dathomirians, a name that may not be known, but the name of a very famous Dathomirian might be: Darth Maul. Also in the ring of the fighting arena are some familiar looking creatures. These are Gamorrer, the same alien race that worked for Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.
You’ll have to look elsewhere for a breakdown of the plot, because this article only focuses on the hidden nuggets, like on Tatooine, where Mando sees Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) again and the camera spoils us with the location of an R5-D4 in her crew. R5-D4s go back to the first Star Wars (1977), when Uncle Owen tried to buy one from Jawas. (Yes, Jawas and Tusken Raiders appear in the episode, but they are not obscure enough to point that out). Soon we will meet other droids working on Mando’s ship. These were the DUM droids that appeared in The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars.
In addition, this journey to Tatooine reveals two creatures that have long been mentioned in the lore of Star Wars, but are seen here for the first time (at least alive): A krayt dragon and womp rats. As C-3PO wandered through the desert of Tatooine, we were able to get a glimpse of a krayt skeleton from the first Star Wars movie (also known as A New Hope). Later in the same movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi did an imitation of a krayt’s roar to scare away the Tusken hunters. The Mandalorian showed us all for the first time a living – but not long living – krayt that Mando kills with the help of the Tusken hunters and the Marshal’s people.
More about the Marshal and the Krayt in one minute… First the Womp Rats! These roaming little creatures are mentioned everywhere in Star Wars movies, novels, games, etc., often in humorous allusions. (Note: The Star Wars Wiki claims that what we saw in the episode were actually something called “scurriers” and not womp rats. But this wiki is not always accurate, and we all really, really want to believe that they were womp rats)
Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant of course plays the Marshal, Cobb Vanth, who is so important in the episode. (After all, he’s wearing Boba’s armor.) Author Chuck Wendig first introduced this character to readers in his novel trilogy Star Wars: Aftermath in 2015. Vanth was also introduced there.
The bartender in which Mando meets Vanth for the first time gives us two funny facts. First, he is a Weequay who was Jabba’s skiff guard in Return of the Jedi. Second, the actor under the Weequay suit is W. Earl Brown, who played bartender Dan Dority on Deadwood opposite Olyphant. (Okay, not a real Star Wars factor, but still…)
Finally, as the groups in the Tatooine outpost work together to kill the Krayt, the Tusken hunters uncover a large pearl in the remains. The krayt contain precious pearls in their bodies, a detail mentioned in the 2015 novel Heritage of the Jedi.
See what you can discover in Episode 2.