After the fall of the Empire in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, fans for years speculated and drew their own conclusions of what organizations grew amongst the rubble. After the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens , audiences learned that the dark and light sides were represented now by the First Order and The Resistance, respectively.
The Mandalorian has given us a look into what happened during this mostly untold 30-year gap. Branching off of what the Rebellion built, the New Republic has formed. They've been represented most so far by two X-wing pilots, Trapper Wolf and Captain Carson Teva, played by Dave Filoni and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, respectively. We can expect to see these characters and more in the upcoming Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic Disney+ series.
In recently photos tweeted out by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee donning his New Republic helmet, he revealed that the text on the side of his helmet translates to "OKSEEYOU." This is a nod to Lee's character on Kim's Convenience, who often says "Ok. See you" when customers are checking out. Here's the full tweet:
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For fans of Kim's Convenience or any of Lee's work, this is a heartwarming Easter egg that shows the attention to detail given to The Mandalorian and its characters. Usually, Easter eggs are meant to build excitement for fans. In this case, it seems like Lee was given a custom helmet that gives fans a meta-level delight.
Another subtle (possibly unintentional) Easter egg that Din Djarin, played by Pedro Pascal, now uses a staff, which he also famously used as Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones. This begs the question, what other fourth-wall-breaking Easter eggs are there within The Mandalorian ? One to look out for is any reference of Ming-Na Wen's work on Agents of Shield or Mulan, as both of these are Disney properties.
These kinds of Easter eggs give fans a sense of the love and effort that a creative team puts into their work. It may not lead to a trending video on YouTube, but it leaves fans even more in awe after viewing an awe-inspiring season finale .