The Mandalorian: Season 2 Finale Review

Delaney Murphy, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Warning: this article contains major spoilers for both seasons of The Mandalorian.

The second season of The Mandalorian recently came out on Disney+, ending with victory, surprising twists, and a whole host of loose ends that the series has yet to tie up. It finished off in a culmination of everything both seasons have been building to, concluding the story it has been telling so far and setting a new one in motion.

The opening scene of the finale gives an insight into the character of Cara Dune (Gina Carano), cementing her as one of my favorite characters in the show and giving the audience a better understanding of her motivations. Her backstory is about as tragic as it gets in Star Wars, which makes her a fascinating character. 

I liked seeing the return of Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff). Since her first live-action appearance a few episodes previously, she has proven to be every bit as awesome as she was in the animated shows. This is no doubt aided by the fact that Sackhoff voiced her in the cartoons, since she brings the same spirit and personality to the character in live-action.

One of my favorite parts of the episode was the strike force of tough women that storms Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) ship. Star Wars movies and shows rarely feature all-woman teams. Although there are many powerful female characters in this universe, the audience almost never gets to see them kick butt together like they did in this scene. It was incredibly fun to watch, and I hope we get to see more teams like this in future Star Wars content.

I am glad Mando (Pedro Pascal) finally got to use the spear he got from the Magistrate in Chapter 13: The Jedi. I was wondering how it would come into play, since he obviously got it for a reason. The dark troopers seemed invincible to almost everything Mando threw at them, which wonderfully sets the stage for what comes later in the episode.

The fight between Mando and Moff Gideon was satisfying to watch. For the better part of both seasons, Gideon has been the main antagonist, and to finally see him and Mando battle it out was the climactic ending to this conflict that the show needed. It was also the first time the series showed Gideon really using the Darksaber, a weapon he first appeared with in season 1. 

My only true complaint with the episode comes when Mando attempts to give the newly-won Darksaber to Bo-Katan. Her reason for refusing it creates what seems to be a glaring continuity issue. In the show Star Wars: Rebels, another character offers her the very same blade, which she accepts without winning it in combat, albeit reluctantly. This part of the episode was confusing, since, clearly, one does not always need to win the Darksaber through combat, much less through a fight to the death as Moff Gideon suggests. Theories have been floating around as to how this scene could make sense, and it seems likely that the next season will offer an explanation.

Everything from the moment the X-wing shows up to the last few seconds of the episode was very well done. The scene in the hallway where Luke fights off the dark troopers was very reminiscent of Darth Vader’s hallway scene near the end of the movie Rogue One, which I thought was a nice touch.

The appearances of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 are prime examples of what the whole series does very well: call-backs to other Star Wars media without them feeling shoehorned. The final scene was heartbreaking, and really shows how much Mando has developed as a character from the beginning of season 1 to now. The ending leaves the viewer with countless questions to think about for a year or so until the next season comes out, and because it was such an ambiguous finish, the story could definitely take off in a completely different direction.

Overall, I thought the finale was a solid ending to the season, and it left me excited to see what happens next. It captured a lot of what fans love about Star Wars, and at the same time provided something completely new and its own. The cherry on top? Star Wars fans are doing something they almost never do anymore: agreeing on something. The ever-divided fanbase seems to see eye to eye, for the most part, that the show is worth watching, and that, by itself, speaks volumes about its quality.