The Mandalorian had a very successful two-season run on Disney+, capped off by the mind-blowing cameo of Star Wars icon Luke Skywalker. The aforementioned guest appearance was a surprising one for fans, considering that it was considered a long shot when the series began back in 2019.
Ever since Luke's appearance, several cast members have taken to social media to share their excitement about the eventual reveal, with stars like Rosario Dawson and Ming-Na Wen expressing their awe for the character's much-anticipated return to the galaxy far, far away. On top of that, Mark Hamill also joined in on the fun by sharing multiple remarks on how his inclusion was kept a secret for over a year.
Now, another interesting piece of tidbit about the Season 2 finale has emerged, providing viewers with an added twist of how Luke's presence came together.
LUKE SKYWALKER'S CAMEO WASN'T PLANNED
While speaking with The Writers Guild of America West, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau revealed that the story around Luke Skywalker's cameo “unfolded as [he] wrote it.”
When asked if Luke's appearance was planned out from the very beginning, Favreau answered with a firm “no” while explaining that “certain things were likely to transpire” since The Mandalorian “inherits a great deal from existing Star Wars stories:”
“No. The story unfolded as I wrote it. The Mandalorian inherits a great deal from existing Star Wars stories, and when I write, that context is always a consideration. It became clear that, within the established continuity, certain things were likely to transpire.”
In addition, the Iron Man director also shared that the crew behind The Mandalorian has a “tremendous amount of freedom” to tell stories within the midst of the Skywalker Saga.
"We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films. Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by, and would impact, existing Star Wars material."
MORE SKYWALKER SAGA CHARACTERS IN FUTURE SEASONS?
It's fascinating to hear that a massive appearance from one of the franchise's big stars wasn't originally planned ahead of time. In a way, this just goes to show the grounded nature of The Mandalorian under Jon Favreau's leadership and style.
In canon, it makes narrative sense for Luke Skywalker to pop up eventually due to the show's place in the Skywalker Saga timeline. Despite that, it was made clear by The Mandalorian that they have a compelling storyline of their own, and the connections to major figures like Luke can only happen if it is absolutely necessary. During Season 2, it was evident that, due to the key plot point of the show's search for a Jedi, and going by the numbers, Luke's involvement was a no-brainer.
Favreau's interesting comment of “certain things were likely to transpire” could potentially allude to the possibility of more characters from the famed Skywalker Saga showing up in future seasons of The Mandalorian and even spinoffs such as Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic.
Ahsoka Tano's strong connection to the Force could potentially lead her into a run-in with Grogu and Luke, or the secretly alive Palpatine could even be teased in the show's aftermath. More so, Rangers of the New Republic could feature an appearance from Leia Organa, considering the government duties of the character in the post-Return of the Jedi era of the timeline.
The story possibilities are endless for The Mandalorian, and it looks like Luke's appearance is only the beginning of surprising things to come for the Disney+ branch of Star Wars.