The Mandalorian - Predictions for the Final Two Chapters

It's no secret that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have managed to work an incredible number of Easter eggs and callbacks into every episode of The Mandalorian. We've scoured over each episode multiple times attempting to catalog these references, and we've found nearly a hundred of them in the first six episodes of the series! But this post isn't about those obvious references, or even the slightly more obscure ones. It's a prediction of what's to come, based in part on some incredibly vague and ambiguous references. We also have six trailers which contain a handful of scenes we haven't yet witnessed in the series. And last, but certainly not least, we have some pre-release notes for Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 that include a handful of actor credits. It's enough to offer a decent idea of what's left in this story. But I certainly don't have all the answers.

A Thought About the Series Format

Before we start looking into the crystal ball, I thought it might be worthwhile to mention something that only dawned on me recently. Some fans of the show have suggested that Chapters 4, 5 and 6 felt like filler episodes which didn't do much to progress the story line. A handful of notable publications have also seized on that theme, describing the format as an "adventure of the week" rather than an overarching story. After careful consideration, I've come to believe that was exactly what Favreau intended. If you've read through our Easter egg lists, you may recall that a couple episodes held some obscure references to supplements for an old Star Wars roleplaying game. That game system, aptly named Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, was developed by West End Games (WEG) in 1987. Despite being discontinued in 1999 after WEG declared bankruptcy, it remains incredibly relevant because its 140+ sourcebooks laid much of the groundwork for what would become the Expanded Universe (now referred to as Legends). Lucasfilm considered WEG's sourcebooks so authoritative that they actually provided copies to Timothy Zahn to use as reference material when he was hired write the Thrawn trilogy. In 1994, author and WEG game designer Peter Schweighofer founded the Star Wars Adventure Journal. This was a hefty, 15-issue publication that contained supplements for the roleplaying game, along with a plethora of short stories to provide players with inspiration. One of the Easter eggs in Chapter 5 was a reference to a short story Peter had written called "Limping Lady." Another, in Chapter 6, may have been a reference to a short story from Issue 14, titled "No Disintegrations, Please" (more to come on that).

I offer this background information only to support the notion that Favreau may have envisioned the show to be something like a gaming group's adventures. Sometimes an adventure only took one session; other times, it might stretch across several sessions. While each adventure would be unique, you'd often have tie-ins, repeat characters or repeat settings in the larger campaign. In a lot of ways, it's exactly what The Mandalorian story arc feels like to this point.

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Without further ado, let's see if we can assemble the puzzle pieces we have to create a decent picture of what's coming up in the last two episodes.

The Return of Greef Karga

The pre-release description for Chapter 7 reads: "An old rival extends an invitation for The Mandalorian to make peace." Without much hesitation, I'm pretty certain that old rival is Greef Karga. If you're wondering why, just re-watch the trailers. We're still missing two scenes with Karga. The first shows Karga and three other apparent bounty hunters about to meet up with Mando. The second scene shows Karga following Mando out of a doorway, as he downs several stormtroopers.

Take note of the deep blast marks on the right side of the doorway, as those will tie into another trailer scene.

The Return of Cara Dune

As long as we're one the topic of returning characters, let's talk about a few more that I'm nearly certain will be returning. The first is Cara Dune. She's already credited in the pre-release notes for Episode 7, so she's definitely going to show up at some point. But we also have three shots of her from the trailers we haven't yet seen in the show. One where she's pulling weapons out of Mando's locker in the Razor Crest. One where she's firing some sort of heavy blaster, with a lifeless stormtrooper visible at the right edge of the shot. And one where she's leaned up against a wall and says the line, "Who are they waiting for?" While that last image is a low-resolution closeup shot from a Twitter teaser, we do have a much higher resolution still frame available from Cara's Databank entry.

We've never seen Cara in Mando's weapons locker, nor anywhere near a stormtrooper, so these are surely shots from an upcoming episode. Also, take note of the blast mark above her shoulder and the blown out circular window to the right in the last two images. It looks like she's probably inside the same building as Mando and Karga are running out of in the earlier shot.

The Return of IG-11

The next character that I'm relatively certain is making a return is IG-11. We have one shot from the trailers that still hasn't shown up in the series. It shows a droid that looks exactly like IG-11, and he seems to be responding to Cara Dune. I can't be sure these shots weren't cut together for the trailer. But what I can be sure of, is that IG-11 is wearing bandoleirs in every scene in Chapter 1. Since they're very clearly missing in this shot, it's definitely yet to be seen footage.

As to how IG-11 makes it back into operation, I have two plausible theories. The first is that the Jawas on Arvala-7 could have salvaged the droid from the compound and repaired him - that wouldn't be outside of their usual practices at all. Moreover, Kyle Pacek - a dwarf stuntman that also plays a Jawa in previous episodes - is credited in the pre-release notes for Chapters 7 and 8, indicating we are likely to see more Jawas. A second theory is that the Kuiil, being a highly skilled mechanic, picked him up and repaired him for use on his farmstead. We know that the compound where he was destroyed is not terribly from Kuiil's abode, as Mando made it there on a Blurrg in less than a day.

The question is how IG-11 would meet back up with Mando, even if he were repaired? And the answer likely involves another run-in with Kuiil. Unfortunately, there are no trailer shots to support that theory. But we do have something of a breadcrumb. Mando once asked Kuiil to join his crew. It felt like an odd inquiry at the time because Mando didn't appear to have a crew. But that might have been some very deliberate foreshadowing on Favreau's part.

If that isn't enough to convince you, I'll remind you of the interview that Taika Waititi did at the D23 expo. In it, he says that IG-11 has an "amazing story arc through the series." It's hard to imagine that he would make such a statement about the short screen time IG-11 received in Chapter 1. And if anyone would know what IG-11's future holds aside from Favreau and Filoni, it's Waititi. Not only is he the voice actor for IG-11, but also the director for episodes 1 and 8.

The Return of the Prisoner (no, not that one)

I'm not talking about Qin from Chapter 6. I'm talking about another prisoner on that ship that had only a few seconds of screen time. He's an Imperial officer that was locked in the very first cell Mando peered into after they infiltrated the prison ship. Why do I think he's returning? Because the actor in that cell is Jamal Antar.