Within the closing minutes of The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1, “The Marshal,” a mysterious new character seems along with his again going through digicam, watching our major character velocity throughout the desert of Tatooine. However as a result of The Mandalorian loves its mysterious, we don’t precisely know who this individual is.
Fortunately, he circled to point out us his face, and the actor enjoying this character provides us a number of clues as to who it could be — and it looks as if somebody followers are already conversant in.
[Ed. Note: this post contains spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1.]
For those who’re a very long time Star Wars fan, you acknowledge the actor watching Din Djarin from the cliff. Sure, it’s actually Temuera Morrison. For those who haven’t memorized the forged checklist for 2002’s Star Wars: Assault of the Clones, we’ll present a quick refresher: Morrison performed Jango Fett, the bounty hunter from the Mandalore sector and the genetic foundation for the Republic’s clone military. In return for his contribution to the Republic, Jango additionally had a single unaltered genetic clone of himself made and named him Boba Fett. You’ve most likely heard of him.
Whereas the truth that he performed the premise of a clone military technically implies that Morrison could possibly be enjoying an virtually infinite variety of characters in The Mandalorian, we’re going to imagine that he’s somebody we’ve heard of earlier than, which actually narrows it down to only two selections: Boba Fett and Clone-army soldier Rex, or Clone CT-7567.
Is Temuera Morrison’s character Boba Fett?
That’s undoubtedly the Occam’s razor take. He’s about the appropriate age, as The Mandalorian takes place roughly 31 years after Assault of the Clones, and he was already rumored to be in season 2. Plus introducing the character that made Mandalorian armor well-known within the present all a few character who wears Mandalorian armor matches fairly effectively.
As an added bonus, Boba Fett’s survival of Tatooine’s sarlacc pit isn’t really canon within the new universe but, and letting him inform the story of his escape from 1000 years of digestion within the abdomen of an enormous monster would make for an amazing episode.
Is the character Rex?
Rex is the dark-horse candidate right here. There are a number of causes to suspect it could be him, however most likely a number of extra causes to doubt it. For these much less acquainted, Rex was a personality within the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated sequence and he later made his strategy to Star Wars: Rebels as effectively. Whereas most clone troopers participated in Order 66, serving to Emperor Palpatine more-or-less wipe out the Jedi, Rex was in a position to take away the inhibitor chip that may have activated this order in his mind and has been working with the Jedi ever since.
His connection to the Jedi might be probably the most compelling proof to recommend that this character is definitely Rex. Season 2 is already rumored to introduce extra characters from Star Wars’ varied animated exhibits together with Bo-Katan and Ahsoka Tano, who served as Rex’s commanding Jedi officer through the Clone Wars. These connections might make Rex the proper character to assist introduce these vital figures to Mando.
Nonetheless, there are a number of issues to deal with as effectively. For one factor, clones have superior getting old and the character on the finish of episode 1 doesn’t look like fairly as previous as Rex can be. Extra importantly, Rex was really concerned within the insurrection and fought as a commander within the Battle of Endor, which means that he might need a better place within the insurrection and wouldn’t have time to comply with Din round Tatooine.
Is the character a clone of Boba Fett?
If for only a second you’ll enable us one other idea associated to Boba Fett that’s considerably extra on the market: What if Boba Fett actually did die within the sarlacc pit, or elsewhere, and that is … yet one more clone, produced within the aftermath of the prequel trilogy timeline.
The Mandalorian has performed with the thought of cloning earlier than, and it’s one of many dominant theories for what The Shopper wished to do with child Yoda. Possibly this clone is following Mando as a result of he desires his earlier clone’s armor again.
As a little bit of extra-textual proof, Temuera Morrison is 59 years previous and Boba Fett ought to solely be someplace round 40 — though spending time within the sarlacc pit most likely provides a 12 months or two.
Far-fetched? I don’t know, did you see The Rise of Skywalker?
For now, the good cash might be that the individual watching Mando trip by means of the desert with Boba Fett’s armor on his speeder is … Boba Fett. However, there are nonetheless loads of different prospects, and we doubtless gained’t get our reply for one more week or two. Which is nice: The Mandalorian is again, and with a brand new thriller in tow.
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