The Mandalorian Season 1 is close to ending, and with Chapter 6 of 8 premiering Friday on Disney+, it’s time for some bold episode predictions. Star Wars’ first live-action TV series has been sensational thus far, yet last week left viewers with a massive cliffhanger.
We’ve had bold predictions prior to each episode, including overall projections for crazy plot twists prior to Disney+’s launch. One of those may may come true in light of Chapter 5’s mysterious ending!
Read on for more on that, along with other audacious calls for The Mandalorian Chapter 6.
The mystery character is…Boba Fett!
As was covered in the introduction, Chapter 5’s “The Gunslinger” ended with some person approaching the presumably dead body of assassin Fennec Shand.
It’s inconceivable that this twist won’t be addressed in short order this week. My prior predictions have fallen short in terms of including other cast members, as the narrative focus has been primarily on Mando and Baby Yoda.
But a brief synopsis for the season finale has already been revealed: “The Mandalorian comes face-to-face with an unexpected enemy.”
That unexpected enemy is going to be Boba Fett. The past two episodes have had somewhat of a filler feel. They’ve been entertaining and moved the story forward in terms of character development. However, it seems like events just jangle on until a climactic set piece or shootout.
The reason The Mandalorian was an appealing idea in the first place is in large part due to Boba. What better way to ignite excitement for the final few episodes than to at least reveal who he is in Chapter 6?
Fennec Shand isn’t dead
Tying into the first prediction, it seems a waste to kill off such a compelling character so abruptly.
Fennec had Mando and his brief bounty guild hopeful companion on the ropes last week. Toro Calican shooting her down was a surprise, but Mando ended up offing him when Baby Yoda’s safety hung in the balance.
Maybe Boba, having somehow escaped that Sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi, has been hiding out on Tatooine as an outlaw. It’d be awesome if Fennec were his ally, and they were working together to capture Baby Yoda.
Part of the intrigue from Chapter 5’s cliffhanger was the fact that Fennec’s fate was also ambiguous. If Boba were approaching her in the desert, why set that up? He could’ve been revealed anywhere. Was he watching from afar the whole time?
Moff Gideon makes his grand entrance
When you hire an actor of Giancarlo Esposito’s caliber, it makes little sense to delay his character’s arrival unless it’s for something big. At this late juncture of The Mandalorian‘s maiden season, Chapter 6 seems about the time to bring him in.
Esposito plays a former imperial governor trying to find his way after the Empire’s fall. Where does he fit in this story? If Grand Admiral Thrawn isn’t the bigwig above Werner Herzog’s The Client, is it Moff Gideon?
Chapter 6 should bring Moff Gideon front and center with the Mandalorian. Maybe he feigns friendship before betraying him and trying to take Baby Yoda for himself.
Although this doesn’t seem like a bold prediction, The Mandalorian has really taken its time to reveal supporting characters. Mando may be in hot water with the bounty guild, but it’d be all the more interesting to learn more about how closely imperial loyalists work with the guild — and what their interest in Baby Yoda entails.
Cliffhanger: Baby Yoda stops a blaster bolt in midair
We’ve only seen this Force power once in live action. Kylo Ren uses it to stop Poe Dameron’s kill shot in The Force Awakens.
Baby Yoda already used the Force to bail out Mando in his tussle with the Mudhorn in Chapter 2. Rick Famuyiwa directed the episode, and is back in the director’s chair for this week’s offering.
The fact that this 50-year-old child is already so strong in the Force is incredible. Why let Chapter 2 be the only time he’s used it?
Based on the aforementioned season-finale synopsis, it seems a head-to-head showdown between Mando and Boba could be in the offing. In the meantime, how about Baby Yoda tides us over with Star Wars nostalgia by saving the titular character once again with epic powers?
So, who fires this shot? I’d go with the bounty guild leader seeking vengeance on the man who almost killed him before: Greef Karga.