'The Mandalorian' Season 2 Explained: Who Is The Guy at the End of Episode 1?

The Mandalorian was a fairly self-contained story, but it seems that Season 2 is tied much more into the wider world of Star Wars movies, books and other TV shows. Season 2, Episode 1, titled "The Marshal," began by tying the Disney+ show's world into the canon books, but much more exciting was the potential return of a fan-favorite character at the end of the episode.

At the end of "The Marshal," we see a shadowy figure watching Din Djarin/The Mandalorian (played by Pedro Pascal) as he speeds away with the armor of the legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett. Fans were left asking exactly who this man is and what he could possibly want from Mando.

What we know for sure is that the man at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 is actor Temuera Morrison. As the actor has voiced Fett for the last 15 years, and "The Marshal" was all about his armor, he is believed to be playing the character again.

Though this could be Morrison playing a new character in the Star Wars universe, fans are convinced he is playing Fett—after all, the episode was all about his armor, and to fans having Morrison turn up as a new character would be a bit like Mark Hamill turning up playing someone new in the world of Star Wars.

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Temuera Morrison at the end of 'The Mandalorian' Season 2. It is believed the actor is playing fan favorite 'Star Wars' character Boba Fett. Disney+

A little Star Wars history lesson for those who are mostly watching The Mandalorian for Baby Yoda and haven't dedicated their lives to the backstories of every minor Star Wars character like the makers of the show. Boba Fett was cloned from the earlier bounty hunter Jango Fett (also played by Morrison) and was trained in combat from an early age to become a fearsome warrior, known for his signature custom Mandalorian armor.

In The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 1, this armor turned up being worn by the marshal of the town of Mos Pelgo on Tatooine, Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), who said he traded it for some crystals from some Jawas, a race of Tatooine desert scavengers.

In the Star Wars timeline, the last known location for Boba Fett's armor was on Fett himself, when he was eaten by the fearsome sarlacc during the events of Return of the Jedi. However, his appearance on the Disney+ show suggests that he was able to survive this ordeal.

Other Star Wars stories have previously explored how Fett might have escaped the Sarlacc. In the 1996 anthology book Tales from Jabba's Palace, for example, it is posited that he is able to escape by forcing the sarlacc to contract around his jetpack, causing it to explode and allowing Fett to escape with a few well-positioned grenades. However, this story, and others like it are not considered full Star Wars canon, meaning that The Mandalorian is the first full canon confirmation that Boba Fett escaped the sarlacc.

In the Star Wars timeline, Return of the Jedi is five years before The Mandalorian. As such, this poses the question of exactly why Fett has not tried to get his armor back before this point. This however, is likely to be explored in the upcoming episodes if this is in fact Boba Fett.

The Mandalorian Season 2 airs Fridays on Disney+.