The Mandalorian: Giancarlo Esposito Comments on Moff Gideon's Possible Force Abilities

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Moff Gideon and picture of Moff Gideon with Darksaber

The Mandalorian Season 2 remains as Star Wars' next major release on Disney+, and while rumors and speculation have been flying all over the Internet, not much has come out about the show's next season. Recently, Star Wars' official website confirmed a new series of published works that center around the story of Din Djarin and The Child. Besides this exciting news, most of those involved in the series have remained quiet about the next chapter for the beloved duo and have been more retrospective on the making of the first season

However, there's been a fair share of teases from various actors, including Sam Witwer, Mando himself Pedro Pascal, and Moff Gideon actor Giancarlo Esposito. It's evident how excited Esposito has been in delving deeper into Gideon's nature, as well as getting to wield the Darksaber. It also seems he is interested in another aspect for Gideon's future...


In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Esposito gave major, yet subtle hints that Moff Gideon is Force-sensitive, or at least that The Mandalorian raises that possibility:

"To have this saber means I could use it , and I can do my own dirty work, that I'm a fighter, I'm a warrior, that's part of me, also creates the possibility that he is, ya know, one of the ones, ya know, like, he possibly has THAT and that to me is interesting. Because, is he really that fallen hero?"

He goes on to mention other unique Force-related directions we could see from the Imperial agent, such as wondering if the villain is a "descendant of Darth Vader," as well as questioning his agenda and origins. You can watch and listen to his comments in the video interview below, beginning around the 6:50 mark:


This is a very intriguing comment from Esposito. The main query most audiences had after the first season regarded the Child, and if the baby was in fact a clone of the popular Jedi Yoda or a descendant of his species. Not many have thought to ask the true beginnings of Moff Gideon, only questioning how he came into possession of the Darksaber. 

After using some context clues, Esposito's use of the phrase "fallen hero" lends to the idea that Gideon could've been a part of the Jedi Order, or was at least raised in the ways of the light side of the Force. This theory doesn't seem a feasible as some others, but surely ignites much speculation as to why he chose to use those precise words.

Of course, there's his other comment examining the possibility the moff is a "descendant of Darth Vader." This is very unlikely, since nothing of that sort has been hinted in canon thus far. Additionally, Disney has seemed to want stay away from the overall Skywalker saga since the series' concluding film The Rise of Skywalker, and adding some other kind of Skywalker into the fold wouldn't help that goal. 

The central theory that is becoming extremely popular is that Moff Gideon is attempting to use Baby Yoda's DNA to extract his midichlorians, or force powers, for his own use. Whether he wants to become Force-sensitive himself or wants to create more Force wielders to have some sort of army, these quotes will undoubtedly keep fans guessing and anticipating the next season, set to release this October on Disney+.

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