The Mandalorian Season 2 is filled with references to the Skywalker Saga, but many would agree that the most memorable is the surprise inclusion of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker in the finale.
The episode, which was directed by Ant-Man's Peyton Reed, earned positive reception from fans and critics. This was mainly due to the fact that Luke's appearance in the finale was unexpected, thus leading to a massive amount of nostalgic reactions on social media.
On top of that, the Season 2 finale also delivered an emotional moment between Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin and Grogu. To recap, Luke's arrival meant that Grogu needed to start his Jedi training away from Mando, thus leading to a powerful goodbye between the two main characters of the series.
The finale managed to open a clean slate for The Mandalorian Season 3, and it will be interesting to find out what's in store for both Mando and Grogu moving forward.
Now, ahead of The Mandalorian's history-making Emmy nominations for Season 2, a special behind-the-scenes episode for last year's finale has been revealed.
THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2 FINALE TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT
Star Wars officially announced a special Disney Gallery episode for The Mandalorian Season 2. The upcoming installment will mainly focus on the making of the Season 2 finale episode that featured the return of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker.
The official press release from Lucasfilm revealed that the "story of the cutting-edge technology used to bring Luke back" will serve as the subject of the episode.
It was also mentioned that it will dive into the “collaborative process, including working with Mark Hamill, to create an authentic and fitting recreation, and explores the immense pressure and responsibility the filmmakers had in bringing back one of the most important characters in film history."
As part of the reveal, an official still of the episode was released, showcasing the stunt actor who plays the famous Jedi Master in the episode.
“Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Making of the Season 2 Finale” will premiere on August 25 exclusively on Disney+.
MORE LUKE SKYWALKER CONTENT
During the initial Disney Gallery episode for The Mandalorian Season 2, it's worth pointing out that there were no clear references to the much-talked-about finale. Now, it seems that the disappointment from fans will be erased since a full-blown behind-the-scenes episode dedicated to Luke Skywalker will finally arrive.
Mark Hamill's involvement in the finale was a well-guarded secret, and the fact that it didn't leak is already an amazing feat, especially considering the age of social media. The Star Wars legend described the secrecy as a "real triumph," admitting that the achievement is "nothing less than a miracle."
It looks like more stories will be revealed by Hamill in the special episode, and additional insights from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and the rest of the cast will help in shedding more light on the secrets surrounding Luke's return.
Giving the spotlight toward the cutting-edge technology that the show used to bring Luke back is a positive step considering that there are many questions that have yet to be answered about the matter. It will be interesting to see how this technological advancement crafted an accurate take of Star Wars' most famous Jedi.
At this stage, it is unknown if Luke will return in The Mandalorian Season 3 or other future Star Wars projects, but it's possible that his involvement will be teased in this special Disney Gallery episode.
The first two seasons of The Mandalorian are now streaming on Disney+.