The Mandalorian season 2: Star Wars favourite’s return unproven thanks to Clone Wars clues
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Longer episodes, bigger monsters and surprise guest stars were the order of the day for the stunning opener of The Mandalorian season two on Disney Plus. However, some surprising insight from Star Wars’ biggest fans may have proven the cameo in the final moments wasn’t who you thought it was.
Disney Plus’ highly anticipated follow-up to The Mandalorian was finally released on Friday, October 30.
New episodes will air each Friday as the next steps of Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal) and the Child’s journey across the galaxy are revealed.
In Chapter Nine, The Marshal, Mando teams with Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) and the Tusken Raiders of Tatooine to take out a deadly Krayt Dragon.
The extended season premiere caused a storm amongst excited Star Wars fans eager for the series to return after The Mandalorian’s first instalment.
However, the reaction to the episode as a whole was nothing compared to the fanbase’s celebrations following the unexpected reveal in the episode’s final moments.
After Mando and Vanth’s adventures on Tatooine, the camera pulls back to reveal the unmistakable figure of Temuera Morrison, presumably portraying feared bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Morrison first played Boba Fett’s father Jango in the 2002 prequel film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, serving as the blueprint for the Republic’s army of clone troopers.
Although the New Zealand star has yet to portray the Star Wars universe’s first character to wear Mandalorian armour, he has voiced the Jedi hunter in re-dubbed versions of the original trilogy.
The second season of The Mandalorian has seemingly confirmed Fett’s survival after falling into a Sarlacc Pit near the beginning of Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
So far, fans have only seen a glimpse of the revived Boba Fett as a mysterious lone wanderer, though he is expected to return throughout the series.
Amid all the excitement, some die-hard Star Wars fans were quick to point out Morrison may not necessarily be playing Boba Fett in the new series.
As Temuera Morrison’s likeness was used as the basis of all clone troopers during Star Wars’ prequel era, there’s a strong chance he could be playing any number of ex-Republic soldiers.
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Over on Reddit, his appearance has caused a debate amongst some fans who are cautious not to become too over-excited in case Boba Fett’s survival is still unconfirmed.
One viewer asked: “It’s either Boba or that dude from the Clone Wars, Rex? Forgive me, I’ve never seen it but I’ve seen that name thrown around a bit.”
While another added: “How do we know it’s actual Boba Fett, honestly wasn’t really into the movies so have no clue.”
As season two is also set to introduce Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels favourite Ahsoka Tano into the mix, Star Wars aficionados have strongly tipped Captain Rex to also make an appearance.
Voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, Rex is nevertheless modelled after Temuera Morrison, and his introduction in The Mandalorian would be the perfect chance to revive an unexpected fan favourite.
Unfortunately, Rex’s accelerated aging, as established in Star Wars canon, would make him far older than Morrison’s 59 during The Mandalorian’s timeline.
Still, fans were left puzzled by the jaw-dropping cameo, and the series is hoped to offer a convincing explanation for Boba Fett’s miraculous recovery.
The Mandalorian season 2 continues Fridays on Disney Plus.
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