The Mandalorian Episode 3: Easter Eggs And References You Might Have Missed
The third chapter in the Star Wars series on Disney+, The Mandalorian, is here, and it was a phenomenal episode. We got a bit more into the culture of this particular Mandalorian clan, as well as where Mando's allegiances lie.
However, if you want to get a bit deeper into the world of Star Wars and Mandalore culture, there are plenty of references and Easter eggs hidden throughout the episode, and some of them weren't too subtle. We saw a Twi'lek, more Jawas, and someone who looked a lot like Boba Fett, among many other things.
Beyond that, Episode 3 of The Mandalorian features numerous other Easter eggs, references, and interesting tidbits about the Star Wars universe that you may have missed. We compiled 15 of the most interesting ones for you to check out below.
For more from the world of Mandalorian, check out our Easter eggs from Episode 1 and Episode 2, as well as a dive into where we think the Yoda Baby came from. And if you love Baby Yoda--we know it's not actually the infant version of Yoda, calm down--you may want to check out some merchandise coming soon.
In his review of Episode 3 of The Mandalorian, GameSpot's Chris E. Hayner said, "'The Sin' was directed by Deborah Chow, who is signed on to oversee the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. She brought a tone to this episode that fits the show well. While there was plenty of fun to be had--and some good humor care of Baby Yoda's antics--it never overshadowed the story being told--a story that was core to driving the series forward. Hopefully, The Mandalorian continues this trajectory in future episodes."
1. Time for Twi'leks
The outer rim is filled with various alien species. And Star Wars wouldn't be Star Wars without showing off at least one Twi'lek kicking around. The species is known for their two appendages that come out of their head, and some notable Twi-leks in Star Wars canon are Jabba the Hutt's servant Bib Fortuna, Jedi Knight Aayla Secura, and Rebel's pilot Hera Syndulla.
2. Jawas are everywhere on the Outer Rim
While we have seen Jawas on Tatooine and Arvala-7 (the planet from Episode 2 of The Mandalorian), the junk traders are scattered across the outer rim. What's interesting here is that the Jawas' cloaks are a different color and match their surroundings.
One thing we don't see a lot of in the Star Wars Universe is space suits. However, they do actually exist. For a brief moment, we see a creature in an Enviro-Suit walk through the town. There are numerous reasons this creature may need to wear one, from what it breathes to the toxicity of the air to air pressure.
4. TT-8L/Y7 Gatekeeper
Some have called this "The Tattletale droid" in the past. The first time we saw this weird droid was in Return of the Jedi at Jabba the Hutt's palace, and we saw it again in Episode 1 of The Mandalorian. It controls the door and can scan items or people, searching for weapons.
5. RIP Salacious B. Crumb
Very briefly, after Mando exits his meeting with "The Client," he walks through a market, and roasting on a spit is a Kowakian monkey-lizard. It's never fully in focus, but here's the best shot of it we could get. It also appeared in Episode 1. You may know this creature from Return of the Jedi. Jabba's court jester was Salacious B. Crumb, who was a Kowakian monkey-lizard. Apparently, people eat them.
6. Again, probably not Boba Fett
Aside from the fact that Boba Fett isn't a Mandalorian and has no real connection to the warrior tribe, we do get another background glimpse at a Mandalorian in a green helmet, with the visor outlined in red, guarding the entrance to the secret Mandalorian hideaway. A green helmet means "duty," and the red on the visor means "honoring a parent." Considering these Mandalorians are foundlings--children whose parents were killed during the Imperial invasion of Mandalore--those two colors are probably pretty common for this group. (Two more Mandalorians with green helmets are also in this scene.)
7. Breaking down the Mandalorian color code some more
We see this beefy Mandalorian a few times in the episode. He wears all blue armor, which means he's reliable. Who is he reliable to? The Mandalorian way of life. He's extremely loyal to his tribe and puts them above everyone else.
8. Don't mess with the blacksmith
One last thing with Mandalorian colors. The blacksmith wears a gold helmet. This symbolizes "vengeance." Considering how loyal she is to the cause, it's probably vengeance against the Empire.
9. This might be Jon Favreau's voice
That other Mandalorian with whom Mando gets into a skirmish is named Paz Vizsla, and while the body double is listed in the credits as Tait Fletcher, the voice is not. And what's important about this character is that we've already seen a Mandalorian with the surname Vizsla before in the animated series The Clone Wars. Pre Vizsla was a member of Death Watch--a splintered Mandalorian group after pacificts took over the Mandalore government. This character was voiced by Jon Favreau, and considering these characters have the same last name, Paz sounds a lot like Favreau, and Favreau is The Mandalorian's showrunner and creator, this character could be Pre's son, and he might have been voiced by Favreau, though we haven't been able to confirm that yet.
10. A Willrow Hood reference
Look at that fancy ice cream maker that Mando got from The Client, which he mentioned in Episode 1, calling it a camtono. During Empire Strikes Back, another infamous camtono made a brief appearance, grasped by Willrow Hood--a character who became famous because he was an extra running with an ice cream maker. Star Wars fandom is wonderful, sometimes.
11. Don't tell Sabine to keep her helmet on
Mandalorians are separated by clan. Some clans, like Clan Wren, have no problem taking off their helmets--like Sabine Wren in Rebels. Others, stick to a very traditional and older way of thinking, like Mando's group. There is a good chance that this Mandalorian clan is a splinter of Death Watch, as they are very traditionalist. They do not remove their helmets, ever. How do they eat? No clue. Regardless, this is the way.
12. The attack on Mandalore
While Mando's new armor is getting crafted, we see some flashbacks to when he was a child and his planet was under attack. Mandalore was thrust into the middle of a conflict as the Galactic Republic was hunting Darth Maul (yes, he's alive). After Order 66 had the clone troopers execute the Jedi, the Empire took over the planet, putting trusted Mandalorians in charge under the Empire's power. What we are most likely seeing here is the Empire--using droids--killing off insurgents.
13. I translated this, so you don't have to
Mando gets his new bounty from Greef, and we see a word in Aurebesh, the most-used language in the galaxy. So what does it say? Is it the bounty's name? Do they have a connection to someone else that we know? Nope. It simply says, "Wanted."
14. Transition of power
Greef mentions reporting the Empire loyalists to the New Republic. This show takes place roughly seven years after Return of the Jedi, so a new government is in place. However, we all know that the First Order will be coming soon, but it will take them 23 years to come to full power, as that's when Force Awakens begins.
15. Live-action Zabrak
While Zabraks are all over the galaxy, we don't see them very often. Darth Maul was a Dathomirian Zabrak--his mother was a Nightsister. And the only other Zabrak we've seen in the movies were Eeth Koth and Agen Kolar, members of the Jedi High Council during the Republic days. We haven't seen a bounty hunter Zabrak up until this point.