The Mandalorian reveals Gideon to be even more sinister than he thought.
Warning: The following includes spoilers Star Wars: The Mandalorian, “Chapter 11: The Heirs,” now streaming on Disney +.
Mandalorian Season 1 quietly increased Mof Gideon’s influence early on, later revealing him as a victim for The Child in its final episode. Gideon became a force to rejoin with a ruthless murderer as a former ISB agent. The final shot of the season put Darksaber in his hands, and it was clear that he would become a major focus of the series. Now season 2 brings more details to bring Mof Gideon, and that grim knowledge could clue in his future plans as the main villain and ruler.
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Season 2, Episode 3, “Chapter 11: The Heir” arises immediately after the creepy romance with the dreaded characters of Episode 2, the Frog gives Lady a much-earned reunion with her partner and reminds Deen Joy that Why families deserve to fight. But the softer moments do not last in the rough part of the space, and after finally being confronted by the Mandaloris, he is demanding, Mando enlists for a raid on a departed Imperial fighter.
Despite the fall of your king and the rise of the New Republic, the Imperial remains are still in trained order, which is surprising. The scene of Freire’s crew is a cool ascetic return as original Star wars Trilogy, featuring armed Stormtroopers in Shining Armor and a crew that is just as brutally similar as the Battle of Endor has never been. But the most surprising thing is to whom the Imperial Captain is replying.
The camera is set behind the shoulder of the holo-projection for the first time, but the sound is unmistakable. The latest reveal of the breadth of the Freighter and its black-market cargo, Gideon’s army, and this is serious news for the Outer Rim world. Gideon’s final command to the captain and the way he recites “Long Live the Empire” shows a man who will claim his victory at all costs.
The sacrifice of significant resources without a second thought opens up the question of what Gideon already has in his arsenal, and how vast his family really is. Gideon’s endgame has sinister implications that he is clearly loyal to the idea of restoring the empire. He is after The Child, he taunts Darksaber with the hands of the rightful leader of Mangalore, and leaves the planet in ruins. He is ambitious, murderous and terrifying. It may be that he already has a personal view, leading himself to a new, more militant empire as leader.
The deadliest villains are the most human, and Gideon’s cold sense of order and power are the worst ways for mankind. If he already has enough ordinance and a large fleet, he may have a feeling of being overpopulated Mandalayak Central villain. He is on his way to becoming the greatest threat this deceptive intimacy will face, before a dark rebirth of Palpatine gathers in Xgol.
Muff Gideon was included in Emperor Palpatine’s plans before the fall of the Death Star, so there is a question as to why The Hunt for the Child probably began. But Moff Gideon is otherwise indifferent to the Force’s importance beyond its takeover of The Child, and is instead content to build its power through violence and fear. Their actions bring general grievances, which are ready to recreate symbols of power regardless of their meaning beyond their influence.
Never mind, Din Zarin is sure to have a confrontation with Muff Gideon. With new questions in Jarine’s mind about the history of his clan, his family and Mandlaur, he is likely to understand that he is honorable to help bring back the stolen Darksaber. This will not be the first time the Mandalorians have been instrumental to the galaxy’s fate, and with a very personal complaint against Moff Gideon, it is sure to come to an explosive head. The galaxy should be happy with what appears in Gideon’s mind for a running republic.
Created by John Favreau, Mandalorian Pedro Pascal with guest stars Gina Carano, Carl Weyers and Giancarlo Esposito. The directors of the new season include John Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuiva, Carl Withers, Peyton Reid and Robert Rodriguez.
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