Warning — This article contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2.
The Mandalorian Season 2 delivered an epic finale full of surprises and a guest appearance that shocked every Star Wars fan in the world. After last week's heist-themed episode focused on finding the location of Moff Gideon's cruiser, it's been a safe bet that the fateful confrontation between the Imperial Officer and Mando would be showcased in this week's episode.
The eventual raid of Moff Gideon's Imperial Cruiser needed more than the quad of Mando, Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, and Cara Dune, and the episode didn't waste time in bringing back Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan and Sasha Banks' Koska Reeves to help out in the rescue mission for Grogu. Together, the protagonists mapped out a plan to defeat Moff Gideon and take back The Child, but as expected, the Imperial forces were too much to handle.
In a wild and unexpected turn of events, "Chapter 16" featured the return of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, ultimately saving the day. While fans are still recovering from that massive finale, the first batch of stills from the episode has been released.
Disney+ released official stills from the latest episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 entitled “Chapter 16: The Rescue.”
A menacing shot of Moff Gideon is showcased in this official The Mandalorian still.
Mando and Boba Fett tries to recruit Bo-Katan and Koska Reeves to raid Moff Gideon's Imperial Cruiser.
Inside Slave 1, Boba Fett prepares for Bo-Katan's master plan to infiltrate the Imperial Cruiser.
As expected, the new stills didn't feature the show's biggest moments, but they are more than enough to hype up this week's finale. It is not surprising that the main focus of the stills are Pedro Pascal's Din Djarin and Temeura Morrison's Boba Fett since the team-up between the two Mandalorians is a sight to behold for many.
Directed by Peyton Reed (Ant-Man), the Season 2 finale brought more questions than answers for the future of The Mandalorian, but that's a good thing since it was already confirmed that a continuation of the story will be released next Christmas. Given that Grogu is now with Luke, it remains to be seen if the Yoda-like toddler will be featured again in The Mandalorian Season 3.
Whether Grogu appears in the much-anticipated third season or not, The Mandalorian still left a lot of lingering plot threads to address, starting with Mando's possession of the Darksaber. Given the circumstances, Mando is technically the rightful ruler of Mandalore, but it looks like Bo-Katan will not agree to that claim.
It seems that the core storyline of Season 3 will revolve around the two Mandalorians, and it will be interesting to see how that narrative will play out. In addition, Moff Gideon's fate was left uncertain, but it's safe to assume that he was taken to the New Republic for questioning.
All in all, the future of The Mandalorian is still bright even without Grogu, and Season 3 is poised to reveal more plot points to keep the narrative fresh and exciting.