The Mandalorian series is preparing for its third season on Disney Plus and there are already some indications of what we can see it. So far we’ve seen pictures of Mark Hamill back on set with R2-D2 and images of Grogu levitating parts of a lightsaber.
But especially, there is a new interest in the earlier chapters. So much so that fans are wondering how heavy Grogu’s training might be in the future. Especially when there are at least five different programs that could include Jedi, their training and relationship with the Force.
For now, the big questions are related to something more concrete. How much can we know about what will happen from what we have already seen? Without a doubt, The Mandalorian is a series that Expand the Star Wars universe intuitively bright and well built. He does it with small points of attention that any fan will be able to analyze with care.
One of them is the much discussed final scene in which Luke Skywalker arrives to take Grogu to his future training. Of course, the return of a character of such magnitude to the saga is important. But so is the way sustains future events and interconnects multiple characters at once. It is not just that Luke has been the definitive connection of the series with the original saga, but there is something more.
It is a way of remembering that Star Wars is a very broad story in which all the characters are related in one way or another. And one of those details of almost emotional importance was that next to Luke the droid R2-D2 also appeared.
At first glance it seems almost anecdotal. After all, R2-D2 didn’t make a grand entrance. Nor did he have a prominent moment in any fight or a scene of considerable importance. But the droid is more than just an item associated with Luke: it’s part of its history. And that’s the point that makes The Mandalorian’s decision to include it of enormous importance.
A box of nostalgia sustained by emotion
In the documentary series Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 2, Jon Favreau makes clear the importance of the droid. It’s not just about the fact that the character is a favorite of the producer and director. Also that he considers it an emblematic part of the plot.
But beyond Favreau’s personal tastes, it is a symbol that unites the entire saga in a single inspiring moment. Besides C-3PO, the little droid is one of the few characters who can boast of be part of all the films of the saga. And do it also as a way to reconnect with the center of the main story and structure the rest. R2-D2 is a link to the way George Lucas envisioned the original saga and has endured through time.
So much so that among the notes of a very young Lucas there are some notes on the droid’s first sketches. He is also Luke’s tireless companion, the meeting point of the recent trilogy with the original. And now it is part of the universe of The Mandalorian. It is a conscious decision that allowed the show to gracefully embed itself into mainstream mythology. Because although the presence of Luke surprised and excited, the droid was an immediate reference to something larger.
In fact, in the documentary series Dave Filoni comments that there is a “great responsibility” in putting the character they created alongside someone like R2-D2. But that the union of both was a way to link both the small capsule universe of The Mandalorian with something deeper in Star Wars.
“Growing up with Star Wars you never think that you are going to be part of its success. It was special for Jon to have Grogu alongside R2-D2 in the same setting. You can’t even imagine it. And it is a great responsibility to put that character alongside other more iconic ones. For a generation of children, Grogu represents something that R2D2 represented to me. That Yoda represented for me. That is a magical and special character, of whom we take good care of him, I hope ”, Filoni said when recounting his experience with the interaction between little Grogu and the emblematic droid.
‘The Mandalorian’, nostalgia and the future of an inheritance
For both Favreau and Filoni, the appearance of R2-D2 was crucial in giving Grogu a special place in Star Wars. Favreau points out in the documentary that both Luke and the droid were a way of telling a story between the lines. “It was already intense because it was like, ‘Oh God, here’s Mark Hamill dressed as Luke Skywalker on our set, in the aisle of a starship.’ It felt like a dream … And it was fine, and then R2-D2 came along and I started crying. (That reaction) shows you how deep all that goes and what it touches from your childhood and how it felt then. ”
Of course, the last big scene from the season finale of The Mandalorian is already a part of Star Wars history. With Luke carrying Grogu alongside R2-D2, the image took the series to an iconic place. The trio will surely be an essential part of season three, but for now, that scene sums up the essence of Star Wars. And she does it with all the emotion and meaning that makes her an enduring saga in time. An endeavor that the Favreau program took to a new and more consistent level.