Jon Favreau and his team have done an amazing job engaging Star Wars fans of all generations by inserting a mind-blowing number of Easter eggs, fan nods and callbacks into each and every episode of The Mandalorian. As a service to Star Wars fans everywhere, we're attempting to identify and catalog all the references in each episode. If you think we've missed something, let us know in the comments or on social media. We'll be happy to add it to the list after verification and credit you for the submission.
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[*** This list contains episode 6 spoilers ***]
Chapter 6 - "The Prisoner"
While this episode was subtitled "The Prisoner," it may have been more aptly subtitled "The Prisoner and the Day of a Thousand Cameos." We've seen Favreau throw in a handful of cameos in the previous five episodes but nothing close to this scale. There are at least ten guest stars and cameos in this episode alone!
Rick Boone Jr. plays an old associate of Mando's named Ranzar Malk (or "Ran" for short). He is best known for his portrayal of Bobby 'Elvis' Munson in AMC's Sons of Anarchy series.
Bill Burr plays a snarky and hot-headed mercenary named Mayfeld. He is a well known stand-up comedian, who has appeared on Chappelle's Show, played Kuby in Breaking Bad, and also created the Netflix animated series F is for Family.
Clancy Brown plays a grunt-prone Devaronian named Burg that serves as the muscle for the group. While he is probably most recognizable from his role as Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, Clancy has done a mind-boggling amount of voice acting in a plethora of Geek-oriented titles, including: The Clone Wars (Savage Opress), Rebels (Ryder Azadi), Avengers Assemble (Red Hulk & Taskmaster), Thor: Ragnarok (Surtur), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Rahzar & Dogpound), Ultimate Spider-Man (Taskmaster), Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Red Hulk), Transformers Prime (Silas / Cylas), Thundercats (Grune), G.I. Joe: Renegades (Destro), The Spectacular Spider-Man (Rhino), The Batman (Mr. Freeze), Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Superman: The Animated Series (all three as Lex Luthor).
Richard Ayoade voices the droid named Zero. He is best known for his role in the British sitcom, The IT Crowd. As we've said before, Favreau seems to be channeling his comedy roots by placing comedians into cameo roles in the series. Richard is the fifth comedian to be cast in the series, following Horatio Sanz (the unnamed Mythrol in Chapter 1), Brian Posehn (the unnamed landspeeder pilot in Chapter 1), Amy Sedaris (Pelli Motto) and Bill Burr (Mayfeld).
Natalia Tena plays a rogue-like, Twi'lek mercenary named Xi'an. She is best known for her roles in the Harry Potter franchise, where she plays Nymphadora Tonks; and Game of Thrones, where she plays Osha, the Wildling that escorts Bran.
Matt Lanter plays a New Republic soldier named Davan that's on board the prison ship. Lanter starred as Brody Mitchum in the TV series Heroes, but he may be better known by Star Wars fans for his voice acting roles in the franchise. Lanter has voiced Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, Rebels, Forces of Destiny, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars , Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes and Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Lightsaber Duels.
Ismael Cruz Cordova portrays the brother of Xi'an, and is the asset they're trying to recover in this episode. You may recognize him from his role as Hector Campos in Season 4 of the Showtime series, Ray Donovan.
Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow and Rick Famuyiwa all make cameos as X-wing fighter pilots at the end of the episode. While their character names aren't mentioned directly, they're credited as Trapper Wolf, Sash Ketter and Jib Dodger, respectively. We're sure these three hardly need an intro at this point, since they have all directed episodes in this series. Filoni also has a history in the Star Wars franchise as creator and producer of Rebels and Resistance series, and now as co-producer of The Mandalorian. And Chow is slated to head up the upcoming Obi-wan Kenobi live-action series on Disney+.
[04:20] "I wasn't a stormtrooper, wiseass."
A long running joke in the franchise is that stormtroopers can't hit anything with a blaster. When Ran introduces Mando to Mayfeld, he boasts that he used to be an Imperial sharpshooter, to which Mando replies, "That's not saying much." Mayfeld immediately retorts that he wasn't a stormtrooper, implying he can actually hit his targets.
[04:36] "Looks like a Canto Bright slot machine."
Mayfeld jokes that the Razor Crest looks like a Canto Bight slot machine. Canto Bight is a gambling and entertainment city on the Outer Rim planet of Cantonica, which appears in The Last Jedi.
[04:45] The Devaronian Species