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At first, Luke Skywalker wasn’t supposed to return on ‘The Mandalorian’

‘Mandalorian’ showrunner Jon Favreau says Luke Skywalker wasn’t always supposed to have a cameo.

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) on ‘The Mandalorian.’ A legendary character from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy made a return. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently explained his involvement with Star Wars
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) in ‘The Mandalorian.’ A legendary character from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy made a return.
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“The Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau said in a recent interview Luke Skywalker wasn’t always supposed to return in the Season 2 finale.

What’s going on?

In the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” Luke Skywalker showed up with a glowing green lightsaber to help Mando and Grogu defeat a squad of Dark Troopers. Luke then took baby Grogu under his wing.

Favreau recently told WGA that it wasn't always the plan to bring back Luke Skywalker, tough.

  • “No,” he told WGA. “The story unfolded as I wrote it. ‘The Mandalorian’ inherits a great deal from existing ‘Star Wars’ stories, and when I write, that context is always a consideration. It became clear that, within the established continuity, certain things were likely to transpire.”

Favreau said the team is always considering how to incorporate the original “Star Wars” material with their new show, according to iO9.

“We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films,” Favreau told WGA. “Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by, and would impact, existing ‘Star Wars’ material.”

The team knew for a year

“Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill said shortly after the Luke Skywalker cameo in “The Mandalorian” Season 2 finale that keeping the scene quiet helped avoid spoilers leaking, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Hamill hinted that he knew about the scene for more than a year.

  • “The fact that we were able to keep my involvement a secret for over a year with no leaks is nothing less than a miracle. A real triumph for spoiler-haters everywhere!”