Before You Watch 'The Mandalorian' Episode 10 'The Confrontation' Here's What You Missed Last Week

Before we go into mentioning all the obscure references and appearances in the premiere episode of The Mandalorian's season two, we'll get the obvious one out of the way. The shadowy figure that appears at the end of the episode? Well, if you've seen the episode, or read anything online, you know it's most likely Boba Fett. The character briefly glimpsed was played by actor Temuera Morrison, who portrayed Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones. Boba being a perfect clone of Jango means that he's likely Star Wars' first famous Mandalorian bounty hunter. (Of course, the person we saw could also be another clone from Jango's DNA, however that seems unlikely.)

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Boba, is that you? Temuera Morrison at the end of 'The Mandalorian' Season 2, Episode 1. Disney+

That was the end of the episode, but let us return to the beginning. The opening scenes show Mando walking streets where buildings contain depictions of a war involving stormtroopers...and a gold droid that looks not unlike C-3PO. (Keep in mind that some of these are teasing little tidbits that likely will never be fully resolved.)

Mando soon meets an Abyssan cyclops monster, played by none other than John Leguizamo. (Okay, that's not really a Star Wars Easter egg, but you may not have recognized the star under all the prosthetics.) Inside the secretive fighting arena where the two meet, Mando encounters Dathomirians, a name that may not ring a bell, but the name of one very famous Dathomirian might: Darth Maul. Also in the fight room ring are a couple of familiar-looking creatures. Those are Gamorreans, the same alien race that worked for Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.

You'll have to look elsewhere for a plot breakdown, because this article is concentrating on only the hidden nuggets, like on Tatooine, where Mando again sees Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) and the camera treats us to the site of a R5-D4 in her crew. R5-D4s go all the way back to the first Star Wars (1977) when Uncle Owen tried to buy one from Jawas. (Yes, Jawas and Tusken Raiders appear in the episode, but those aren't exactly obscure enough to point out.) Soon, we meet other droids working on Mando's ship. These were the DUM droids, who appeared in The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars.

Also, this trip to Tatooine reveals two creatures long referenced in Star Wars' lore but glimpsed here (alive, anyway) for the first time: A Krayt Dragon and Womp Rats. C-3PO walking through the Tatooine desert gave us a glimpse of a Krayt skeleton in the first Star Wars film (aka A New Hope). Later in the same film, Obi-Wan Kenobi did an impression of a Krayt's roar to scare away Tusken Raiders. The Mandalorian showed us all for the first time a living--but not for long--Krayt, which Mando kills with some help from Tusken Raiders and the Marshal's people.

More on the Marshal and the Krayt in a minute...First, Womp Rats! These skittering little creatures are mentioned all over the Star Wars films, novels, games, etc., often in humorous references. (Note: The Star Wars Wiki claims what we saw in the episode were actually something called "Scurriers" and not Womp Rats. But that Wiki is not always accurate, and we all really, really want to believe they were Womp Rats!)

Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant, of course, plays the Marshal, Cobb Vanth, that's so integral in the episode. (He is wearing Boba's armor, after all.) Author Chuck Wendig first introduced this character to readers with his Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy of novels in 2015. That's where Vanth was introduced.

The barman where Mando first meets Vanth gives us two fun facts. First, he's a Weequay, which were Jabba's skiff guards in Return of the Jedi. Also, the actor beneath the Weequay suit is W. Earl Brown, who played the bartender Dan Dority on Deadwood opposite Olyphant. (Okay, not an actual Star Wars fact, but still...)

Finally, when the groups in the off-the-grid Tatooine outpost work together to kill the Krayt, the Tusken Raiders uncover a large pearl inside the remains. Krayts contain precious pearls inside their bodies--a detail mentioned in the 2015 novel Heir to the Jedi.

See what you can spot in Episode 2.