Peyton Reed revealed as the director of The Mandalorian season 2 finale

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

After much speculation, Pedro Pascal revealed who directed the conclusion to The Mandalorian’s second season. 

Before season 2 of The Mandalorian began, a list of the season’s directors was released. Fans knew there would be eight episodes, but there were only seven directors on the list. With each of those directors’ episodes out of the way, fans began to wonder who would direct the 8th and final episode of the season, with some even speculating that it might be Rian Johnson or even George Lucas.

Pedro Pascal put these theories to rest during an interview for Wonder Woman 1984 where he shared that Peyton Reed directed The Mandalorian‘s season 2 finale. Reed is the only person to direct 2 episodes this season as he also helmed “Chapter 10: The Passenger.”

He said to ExtraTV in an interview: “The amazing thing about it is the work that’s getting put out there by the directors. The last episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian is Peyton Reed. Rick Famuyiwa has just put out the current episode.”

While season 2 has been met with a mostly positive reception from fans and critics, “The Passenger” received some criticism for feeling like a “filler” episode, along with generating a bit of controversy in regards to Grogu eating Frog Lady’s eggs.

“The Passenger” did serve an important role in the story, though, as it led to some important character development for Din Djarin and followed through on some story threads established in “Chapter 6: The Prisoner” from season 1. Reed also did a fantastic job turning the episode into a mini-monster movie as Din, Grogu, and Frog Lady were pursued by terrifying spiders.

The more recent episodes have paved the way for an intense finale where Din will try to save Grogu from the villainous Moff Gideon. Din has already assembled a formidable crew to help him, a crew featuring Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, and Cara Dune.

Perhaps the Ant-Man director will also have Din recruit the giant ant character known as Dr. Mandible, a character who was featured in Reed’s earlier episode this season. It’s unlikely, but there’s no harm in giving Dr. Mandible fans some hope.

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The Mandalorian season 2 finale directed by Peyton Reed will begin streaming on Disney+ on Dec.18.