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‘The Mandalorian’ ending, explained

‘The Mandalorian’ ended with a rather confusing twist. Here’s what we found out about Moff Gideon’s army.

Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and mythrol (Horatio Sanz) in “The Mandalorian.”
Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Mythrol (Horatio Sanz) in “The Mandalorian.”
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Warning: This episode contains spoilers for season 2, episode 4 of ‘The Mandalorian’

“Star Wars: The Mandalorian” ended its fourth episode of season 2 with a rather chilling — if not confusing — cliffhanger for what’s to come next in the battle between Moff Gideon and the Mandalorian.

What happened:

The fourth episode — titled “The Siege” — focused on the Mandalorian (Pedroa Pascal), the Child (Baby Yoda), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano), who teamed up to take down an Imperial base after the Mandalorian returns to Nevarro, bringing his ship in for repairs.

We learn later that one of the crew members who worked on the Mandalorian’s ship added a tracking device for the Empire, giving Moff Gideon — who is in pursuit of the Child — a chance to find the Mandalorian.

An Imperial officer informs Gideon about the development. The episode ends with Gideon looking at a legion of troopers, who are locked into the wall. The troopers are colored in all-black uniforms.

‘The Siege’ ending, explained

The brief moment could be a hint at how Gideon plans to retake the galaxy now that the New Republic has destroyed the Empire.

The troopers seen at the end of the episode might be Dark Troopers or Shadow Troopers, according to Games Radar.

These troopers were originally seen in the “Dark Forces” video game, which came out in 1995. The game showed that the Empire created “legion of highly-skilled droid soldiers in the Dark Trooper project,” according to Games Radar.

  • “They’re highly dangerous, and some of the builds even have Beskar-beating, Force-wielding exoskeletons. In short, even one of the Dark Troopers could probably take Mando one-on-one,” according to Games Radar.

Shadow Troopers and Dark Troopers, explained

Seriously — these troopers are serious business.

  • The Dark Troopers were used throughout the fight between the Empire and the New Republic, oftentimes killing swaths of Rebellion soldiers. The Dark Troopers had three phases — one that was a droid with a vibroblade, another which had some armor, and a third that was never fully developed but was essentially Iron Man.
  • The Shadow Troopers, for example, wielded lightsabers using Sith crystals, according to Wookiepedia, an encyclpedia of “Star Wars” information. The troopers had uniform that could actually resist lightsabers, too, which makes them difficult to defeat with a lightsaber. Good luck using a blaster.