The Mandalorian took the star wars world by storm upon its release, and its first and second seasons were widely acclaimed. The show introduces many new characters and locations, with a grittier look at the galaxy through the eyes of a bounty hunter, with less mysticism than the movies, which feature the Jedi.
However, there are plenty of easter eggs that connect the show to the larger star wars universes, and some that feature actual contributors to the franchise. Many are easy to miss on a first watch, but with a new watch most fans will appreciate the hidden references.
ten Amban rifle makes its live debut
Din Djarin sports a distinctive toothed rifle which he uses for targeted combat at long range, and although The Mandalorian popularized the design and brought it to the mainstream star wars universe, it has already appeared. The rifle debuted in The Star Wars Holiday Special in the hands of Boba Fett during the animated segment which also served as the character’s debut. The special is not cannon, but the design of the Amban Rifle was taken from it and breathed new life into the hands of Din Djarin as a fearsome weapon.
9 Day-to-day returns
The concept of “Life Day” is another topic that can be attributed to the Holiday special. He is mentioned in the first episode of The Mandalorian when one of Din Djarin’s primes says she hopes to be free by “Day of Life”. In the special, it was a holiday celebrated by Wookies similar to Christmas, and it was later made canon in other forms of media as a holiday celebrated more widely across the galaxy. The Mandalorian marks its first on-screen mention since the special, making for an interesting easter egg.
8 Cameo from voice actor Matt Lanter
Matt Lanter is known for voicing Anakin Skywalker in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Up to The Mandalorian, he had never portrayed a live-action role in the Star Wars universe, so his cameo is easy to miss.
In Season 1 Episode 6, Lanter makes a guest appearance as Lant Davan, the hapless prison ship warden Din Djarin and his team of mercenaries go undercover. It doesn’t last long against the Mercenaries, so it’s easy to miss, but it’s worth rewatching the episode.
seven The frog lady has a Dee Bradley Baker in her throat
Dee Bradley Baker has done many voices in the star wars universe and is best known for his role as all the clones in various anime shows. With his vocal talents, Baker was brought on to be the voice of the Frog Lady in The Mandalorianis the second season. Fans familiar with his work in The Clone Wars and beyond will definitely miss that detail, as his voice is virtually unrecognizable with the alien tongue, but a look at the credits may confirm his contribution.
6 The ISB loses its name
The ISB (Imperial Security Bureau) is mentioned in the second season of The Mandalorian, as Din Djarin and Mayfeld attempt to infiltrate Empire databases to find Grogu. Although only mentioned in passing, the organization has a long history, both in the novels and in rebels.
A prominent rebels The character, Alexsandr Kallus, was part of the organization before defecting to the rebels, making mention of the BSI in The Mandalorian an interesting easter egg for keen-eyed fans who know their history and are familiar with both shows.
5 R5-D4 came back from the dead
Going back to A new hope, R5-D4, nicknamed “Red”, was a droid originally purchased by Uncle Owen and Luke Skywalker. The droid then sabotaged itself for R2-D2’s sake so the Death Star’s plans could be delivered, as explained in Rae Carson’s story “The Red One” from the anthology novel. From a certain point of view. After that, R5-D4 fell into obscurity. However, the droid makes a reappearance in The Mandalorian, job serving Peli Motto, helping him and Din Djarin. The reference is so obscure that it would be easy to miss.
4 The Mos Eisley Cantina now allows droids
In the fifth episode of The MandalorianDin Djarin’s first season travels to Tatooine in search of work. He meets another bounty hunter, Toro Calican, at a canteen in the town of Mos Eisley. This canteen is the same as the one presented in A new hope, where the famous scene between Han Solo and Greedo took place. Din and Toro may have been sitting in the same seats. While droids weren’t allowed in the cantina during A new hope, this rule has clearly changed in the years since. In the second season, Din once again returns to the canteen, allowing another look at the iconic location.
3 Cameo by Dave Filoni
Dave Filoni is one of the great minds behind many hits star wars series, in particular The Clone Wars and rebels, and he was a director of The Mandalorian. He has a cameo appearance in Episode 6 as one of the X-wing pilots summoned by Din Djarin. Filoni later reprises this role in the second episode of Season 2. This easter egg is easy to miss, as The Mandalorian serves as a live acting debut for Filoni, but those familiar with the behind-the-scenes footage of The Clone Wars may have caught it in the first quarter.
2 The clone operation may be a clue to the future of Star Wars
In season two, Din and his allies infiltrate an Imperial base. In the base, they discover strange humanoid experiments in isolation rooms, which seem to be related to Doctor Pershing.
At first, it appears to be just some weird Empire experiments, but Pershing is tied to cloning technology. This cameo provides insight into what happened to Kaminoan cloning technology after the Empire, as after attack of the clones, the fate of the cloning operations remained ambiguous. It seems that between The Mandalorian and The bad lot, fans will learn a lot more about universe cloning techniques.
1 Morai arrives for a visit
Ahsoka Tano’s live debut was a highlight of The Mandalorianthe second season of, connecting the show to The Clone Wars and rebels. His appearance brought back another lesser-known but important character: Morai. Briefly seen sitting on a branch while Din Djarin searches for Ahsoka, Morai is a type of bird called a convor that was introduced in rebels. Morai is related to The Daughter, a Force entity that appeared in season 3 of The Clone Wars and is connected to Ahsoka. The bird cameo is short and easy to ignore, but it’s something that should get Ahsoka fans excited.
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