The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian created an interesting parallel between Luke and his father Anakin Skywalker.
Next week will mark one month since the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian dropped on Disney+, and fans still can’t stop talking about the epic conclusion of the series. Most of that is largely due to the twist ending that unfolded during the final moments of the episode: just when they thought all hope was lost, in comes Luke Skywalker to save the day.
The moment prior to his reveal was met with a lot of anticipation. We saw a hooded figure enter Moff Gideon’s cruiser, but the episode took its sweet time in revealing who it would actually be. (Though, we know many fans figured it out along the way.) First, we see the hooded figure make their way down the halls. The Mandalorian and co. see him on screen as he makes his way to the Dark troopers. And as the doors open up on the elevator, he ignites his green lightsaber, and all heck breaks loose — for the troopers, at least.
Now, a fan on Reddit (u/skywalkinondeezhatrz) has shared on r/StarWarsSpeculation a pretty huge parallel between this scene in The Mandalorian and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (via Yahoo News). You can see the graphic the user shared on Reddit here, but in a nutshell, it’s a side-by-side breakdown of Luke’s scene compared to Anakin Skywalker just as he’s about to kill the younglings.
The difference between Luke’s scene and Anakin’s is that they are on two different sides of the Force. In Luke’s scene, of course, he’s there to stop the bad guys and save the good guys. In Anakin’s scene, unfortunately, his descent into darkness means stopping the good guys and helping the bad guys.
There’s no telling if this Easter egg was intentional or not. But the comparison between the two scenes is very clear, and both show the parallel between father and son in the Skywalker saga. What’s also unknown is if Luke Skywalker will continue to show up in The Mandalorian in season 3. There’s a bigger story to be told now that Grogu is his padawan, and it’ll certainly bridge the gap between the optimistic Luke we see in Return of the Jedi and the pessimistic one we meet again in The Last Jedi.
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