It's been a big day for The Mandalorian with the series earning 15 Emmy nominations after only its first season. The Star Wars show earned the coveted best drama series nomination as well as a voice acting nod for Taika Waititi. Another well deserved nomination also went to Giancarlo Esposito for his role as villain Moff Gideon.
Esposito has been in the news recently promoting other projects, but teased that Moff Gideon may even be force-sensitive in The Mandalorian, hence his connection to the Darksaber. As a one-of-a-kind object in the Star Wars universe, fans are clamoring to learn more about the mysterious weapon, which will hopefully get more clarity in season two.
In an interview with Deadline, the now four-time Emmy nominee, Esposito discussed what is to come in season two of The Mandalorian.
When asked about the role of the Darksaber, he said:
You’ll see more of the darksaber, you’ll get the explanation of this ancient weapon to the modern world, a collapsed world. Where did this saber come from and how was it revived? It’s a key in our second season, which will be back sooner than later. (The saber) is a key to Moff Gideon’s past, which possibly has a lot to do with where he comes from and his desire to build a planet and bring it back together
Esposito also hinted that audiences "don’t know how extra special [Gideon] is yet.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
It's reassuring to see that one of The Mandalorian's biggest cliffhangers will be a large part of season two, and fans won't have to wait long for answers. How Gideon came into possession of the Darksaber is one of the biggest questions on fans' minds, and for those not up to date with the animated Star Wars series, it seems a larger explanation of the Darksaber will be given in season two.
Esposito also commented that the Darksaber ties into Gideon's past and his goal to bring a planet back together. This could hint that Gideon has a tragic past that could've been impacted by the events of the main Star Wars films. Whether he was directly impacted by the demise of Mandalore, similar to Din Djarin, or something to do with the fall of the Empire will hopefully be answered in the next season.
Esposito's hint about Moff Gideon being "extra special" certainly seems to lend itself to the idea that the character could be a force-user. The Direct has even predicted that Gideon's intentions with The Child are to harvest its power for himself, which would make him potentially stronger than previous Sith lords.