Please do not share the details of this article openly on social media and spoil Star Wars: The Mandalorian for those that want to remain spoiler-free. These are very general spoilers but let’s respect other fans’ wishes and not spoil those that do not appreciate spoilers. What follows will be considered a spoiler to some so as always, be cool!
u/Xyzsvtabc on StarWarsLeaks shared some information from a marketing meeting they attended that may have revealed the MacGuffin of Star Wars: The Mandalorian. The information is very likely spot-on, as the information the poster shared for Star Wars: Episode IX also rang true to things I have been hearing for some time now.
The poster wrote:
I guess the Mandalorian encounters a baby on one of his missions that he is supposed to kill, but instead of that, he ends up saving it and a lot of the rest of the story revolves around their growing relationship and his efforts to keep the child safe and protected.
So is The Mandalorian about the Mando protecting a baby? What was interesting to me about that, was back in late 2017 when I first learned about the series, I was told it was about the heir to Mandalore and the hero was on a quest to restore Mandalore. It makes me wonder if that’s still the great plot of the story or if maybe this baby is the “heir” I assumed was the hero in the Mando suit. When we’ve seen the Mando on set he has something on his back and we theorized it was for his gun and that it was a hindrance so they were going to do it in CG but now I wonder if he actually has a baby strapped to his back Willow Ufgood style.
The poster also mentions the Mando’s armor changing. This is true. I have been told that by Episode 3 of the series, the Mando costume we saw in the official photo is totally different. Basically, the Mando has a full-on different suit compared to what we saw in the photo.
Because of the costume change, for the last few months the MSW crew has been scratching its head about this thing on the back of The Mando which we now know may in fact be a child:
I would still say it is somewhat unverified that we’re seeing the baby on the Mando’s back but it is the best guess at this time. I know there are Mando rocket packs in the show but what’s on his back seems a lot larger than a rocket’s cone to me. I’ll kick that over to you now. Do you think that’s a baby on his back?
If the child is the key to restoring Mandalore, it has some really interesting ramifications for the future of Star Wars. The child will pretty much be the same age as characters like Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron. What if the restoration isn’t complete until after Star Wars: Episode IX? Could this child be a main character we’re going to get to know in the future of Star Wars beyond the sequel trilogy? Mandalore rising again is pretty great for Mandalore but will it be for everyone else and the Republic attempting to reform in the aftermath of the First Order?
On Friday I confirmed that Tatooine is a location for The Mandalorian after spotting Jawas on set. In Aftermath we had a character named Cobb Vanth who liberated a town. That said, if the Reddit poster’s assertion that the Mando is supposed to kill the child at first, that doesn’t seem to ring true with Cobb’s character and tone. So right now, I’m leaning toward Vanth being really unlikely at this point.
Thanks to u/Xyzsvtabc for sharing and the extra verification.