Within the closing minutes of The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1, “The Marshal,” a mysterious new character seems along with his again dealing with digital camera, watching our essential character pace 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 rotated to point out us his face, and the actor enjoying this character offers us just a few clues as to who it may be — and it looks like somebody followers are already accustomed to.
[Ed. Note: this post contains spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1.]
Should you’re a very long time Star Wars fan, you acknowledge the actor watching Din Djarin from the cliff. Sure, it’s actually Temuera Morrison. Should you haven’t memorized the solid 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 idea of a clone military technically signifies that Morrison might 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 correct 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 suits fairly effectively.
As an added bonus, Boba Fett’s survival of Tatooine’s sarlacc pit isn’t truly 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 a terrific episode.
Is the character Rex?
Rex is the dark-horse candidate right here. There are just a few causes to suspect it may be him, however most likely just a few extra causes to doubt it. For these much less acquainted, Rex was a personality within the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated collection and he later made his approach 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 capable of take away the inhibitor chip that might have activated this order in his mind and has been working with the Jedi ever since.
His connection to the Jedi might be essentially the most compelling proof to counsel that this character is definitely Rex. Season 2 is already rumored to introduce extra characters from Star Wars’ numerous 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 necessary figures to Mando.
Nonetheless, there are just a few issues to handle as effectively. For one factor, clones have superior ageing and the character on the finish of episode 1 doesn’t seem like fairly as previous as Rex could be. Extra importantly, Rex was truly concerned within the riot and fought as a commander within the Battle of Endor, which means that he may need the next place within the riot 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 principle associated to Boba Fett that’s considerably extra on the market: What if Boba Fett actually did die within the sarlacc pit, or some place else, and that is … 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 Consumer needed to do with child Yoda. Possibly this clone is following Mando as a result of he needs 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 journey by way of the desert with Boba Fett’s armor on his speeder is … Boba Fett. However, there are nonetheless loads of different potentialities, and we possible received’t get our reply for an additional week or two. Which is nice: The Mandalorian is again, and with a brand new thriller in tow.