The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 1: All The Easter Eggs & References In 'Chapter 9: The Marshal'
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The wait is over, at long last. The Mandalorian's Season 2 premiere has arrived on Disney+, and that, of course, means more Baby Yoda. Be honest, we're all in this for GIFs of The Child. Of course, there's also the story of Mando (Pedro Pascal) traveling the galaxy in an attempt to return his young companion home and the shenanigans they get themselves into along the way. Naturally, this episode was filled with many of those shenanigans, including battles, familiar faces, and even a set of armor you've definitely seen before.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Season 2 premiere of The Mandalorian, "Chapter 9: The Marshal."
In the new episode, Mando and The Child wind up back on Tatooine in search of another Mandalorian and wind up in the middle of a conflict between the citizens of a small settlement, the Tusken raiders they tend to war with, and the massive beast trying to eat them all. There are also a number of Easter eggs and references to all corners of Star Wars lore--from books to movies to video games--to find. However, there are so many--and some so obscure--that it wouldn't be surprising to miss out on a few. Who knew a settlement mentioned in a video game codex could end up being such an important setting?
GameSpot has combed through "The Marshal" to find as many as we possibly could. Take a look at all of the Easter eggs we found below, then sound off in the comments with the ones you were able to find. After that, check out our look at the episode's biggest surprise, plus the Baby Yoda-sized treat Twitter gifted fans with.
1. Gone but not forgotten--or forgiven
One of the first shots of Season 2 finds Mando and The Child walking through a city at night, past walls covered in graffiti. Among the images spray-painted are Stormtrooper helmets that have been crossed out. While the Empire was defeated in Return of the Jedi, there is still clearly no love lost.
2. Gor Koresh
Gor Koresh is the Abyssin Mando asks for information, played by guest star John Leguizamo. Abyssins are a species native to Byss, recognizable by having a single eye and green skin. The first appearance of an Abyssin was Myo, seen at the cantina in Mos Eisley in A New Hope when Luke and Obi-Wan first met Han and Chewie.
3. Those space wrestlers
Mando takes The Child to a space fight club to get information on where to find other Mandalorians. In the ring, two Gamorreans are duking it out. These green-skinned pig creatures first appeared in Return of the Jedi.
4. Speaking of space fight club
The bouncer outside of the fight venue was a Twi'lek. That species also first appeared in Return of the Jedi.
5. Mando and the Zabrak
In this scene, Mando fights a Zabrak. While that species first appeared in The Phantom Menace--Darth Maul was a Dathomirian Zabrak--we also saw a few in Season 1, working as bounty hunters and fighting against Cara Dune.
6. "I swear it by the Gotra"
This one, honestly, has us a bit confused. In Star Wars canon, the Droid Gotra were a group that fought for droid rights. They've been mentioned in a number of Star Wars books and made their first appearance in the 2018 young adult novel Most Wanted. We have no idea why John Leguizamo would swear by them.
7. Bantha sighting
It's easy to love a Bantha. The massive, hairy, horned species just looks cool. A number of them pop up in "Chapter 9," some meeting less than happy ends. They first appeared in A New Hope.
8. It's Baby Yoda's babysitter
Amy Sedaris reprises her role of Peli Motto, first seen in Chapter 5, "The Gunslinger." This comedic actress is best known for her role as Jerri Blank on Comedy Central's Strangers With Candy. Additionally, she's appeared on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and BoJack Horseman. Peli's droids are also back, including her DUM-series pit droids, an R5 astromech droid, and a GNK power droid.
9. Mos Espa
Mos Espa, which gets a quick mention, is a spaceport settlement that first appeared in The Phantom Menace. This is where we first met Anakin Skywalker as a child. The Boonta Eve Classic podrace that Anakin won took place at the Mos Espa Grand Arena.
10. Mos Pelgo
Mando's journey in this episode takes him to Mos Pelgo, a town on Tatooine that was first introduced in the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion pack for the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. This is the first time it's actually been seen, though, as the game simply gives a small amount of information about it.
11. Inspired casting
Once Mando gets to Mos Pelgo he meets Marshall Cobb Vanth, who also happens to be wearing some armor we'll discuss next. Vanth is the law in Mos Pelgo and is played by none other than Timothy Olyphant, who also played law enforcement officers in the western TV shows Deadwood and Justified. As for the character, Vanth was first introduced in the novel Aftermath, in which he was a sheriff on Tatooine.
12. About that armor
If the Mandalorian armor Vanth is wearing looks familiar, it's because it's Boba Fett's (the color scheme, chestplate insignia, and shoulder plates are the same). At least, that's our running theory, given what happens later in the episode. Boba Fett was last seen on Tatooine in Return of the Jedi, so it's definitely possible his armor--and maybe the cloned bounty hunter, himself--could still be there.
13. That's a big, scary monster
Krayt dragons are huge, carnivorous reptiles native to Tatooine, which are hunted for the pearls found inside their bodies, as we see in this episode. We glimpsed the skeleton of a much smaller one in A New Hope (pictured). Also in A New Hope, Obi-Wan does a Krayt dragon call to scare away some Tusken Raiders.
14. A camtono full of flashback
In a flashback, Cobb Vanth stole a camtono full of silicax crystals. In Season 1, the Client gave Mando a camtono of Beskar as payment. A camtono is a small safe--as seen carried by Willrow Hood, the guy running across Cloud City with what looks like an ice cream maker in Empire. In real life, the prop is a model of an ice cream maker. We also see patrons in a bar watching the Death Star be destroyed via hologram because holograms are a lot like CNN in space.
15. The Jawas are back
In the same flashback, Vanth is saved in the desert by a Sandcrawler full of Jawas, who give him water and save him from dehydration. They also trade him the camtono of silicax crystals for Boba Fett's old and rusted armor.
16. And there's the Tusken raiders
Thanks to Mando speaking fluent Tusken--which he does a lot in this episode--a peace is brokered between the people of Mos Pelgo and the Tusken Raiders with which they've been at odds for a long time. By the end of the episode, it looks like the peace will last too, given that they worked together to defeat the Krayt dragon.
17. Bye bye Sarlacc
We learn the fate of an important Star Wars antagonist in this episode: the infamous Sarlacc from the original trilogy. Apparently, the Krayt Dragon ate it. There's always a bigger fish, eh?
18. Dank Farrik
This isn't the first time the phrase (possible swear word?) "Dank Farrik" has come up on The Mandalorian. It was also said in the first episode of Season 1. No, we still don't know for certain what it means.
19. Dual suns of Tatooine
The episode's final shot lingers on one of Tatooine's most iconic features (beyond the multitude of sand and the hives of scum and villainy): its beautiful dual suns.
20. It's Boba Fett
Don't feel bad if you didn't connect this right away, since previously, we've never technically seen Boba Fett without his armor. However, this actor is Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. He was previously rumored to be making an appearance in The Mandalorian Season 2. Since Jango Fett is dead--beheaded by Mace Windu--it's safe to assume that this is Boba Fett, who after all, was a clone of Jango in the first place.