The final episode of The Mandalorian’s first season hit Disney+ today in the form of Chapter 8: Redemption. Directed by Thor Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi, who also plays nurse droid IG-11, The Mandalorian episode 8 began with a hilarious scene with two scout troopers bickering over the captured Baby Yoda. And this is where the Star Wars A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back Easter Eggs began.
Stormtroopers are well known to be terrible shots in the Star Wars universe, despite Obi-Wan Kenobi asserting they were great in the original trilogy.
And here Waititi’s humour is all over the scouts failed attempts to hit a target.
Next up, we find one A New Hope reference during the standoff between Moff Gideon and our heroes.
Here he identifies Cara Dune as being from Alderaan, the home planet of Princess Leia.
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In the final scene, when Moff Gideon cuts out of his crashed TIE Fighter we see he’s using a black lightsaber.
Star Wars TV fans will know this as the Darksaber, an ancient weapon that rightly belongs to the leader of Mandalore.
The weapon was forged centuries ago by a Mandalorian Jedi and was last seen in the possession of Bo-Katan Kryze, a Mandalorian female, in Star Wars Rebels.
While at one point the weapon was in the hands of Darth Maul himself.