The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau has explained the meaning behind the massive cliffhanger at the end of the Star Wars series' debut episode: when Pedro Pascal's Mandalorian closes in on the target he was hired to capture or kill, his prey is revealed to be of the same species as legendary Jedi Master Yoda. However, as IG-11 reveals, while the alien appears to be an infant, it's actually 50 years old.
"I wanted to surprise people, and I wanted to—well there are bigger arcs that go through the whole season and the whole throw of the show," Favreau told Variety in a now-deleted video interview. "So as fun as it is to reveal new characters and surprise them, it also fits into a larger narrative about what’s going on in the galaxy after the revolution, and this is an important character."
"What I’m most proud of is that we surprised people," he continued. "You know how hard that is to do that nowadays? And what type of commitment it took from everybody who was on set and from the studio to hide all the clues that people, especially Star Wars fans, normally tap into?"
Fans won't have to wait much longer to see where The Mandalorian goes from the pilot's massive cliffhanger, as the second episode arrives Nov. 15.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The first episode is now streaming on Disney+.