The Mandalorian season 2 had a lot of surprises in store for the fans but they left the biggest reveal for the end. So, when the actors were filming the final battle of season 2, Katee Sackhoff said the producers of the show told them Plo Koon was coming in to save them. We now know who it was that came for Baby Yoda but it was a nice cloak and dagger act by everyone who knew, behind the scene.
In the sophomore season of the beloved Star Wars series Mando went on a search for a Jedi master. Baby Yoda needed training, that was the only way to make sure the remnants of the Empire stop coming for him. In his quest we meet Clone Wars characters come to life in Bo-Katan and Ahsoka Tano and but one massive reveal was left for the end of the show.
Spoilers ahead, proceed at your own risk! So, as The Mandalorian assembled an army to get back Grogu. We finally see the full power of the army assembled in the Empire ship and as the team is locked in the upper deck waiting for certain annihilation, an X-Wing comes into view and a mysterious figure steps out of the ship. The cast was told it was Plo Koon but in the end it turned out to be Luke Skywalker.
Katee Sackhoff Explains Why They Thought The Mandalorian Season 2 Finale Cameo was Plo Koon
The introduction of Bo-Katan was a big deal for Clone Wars fans, then the show blew everyone away by Ahsoka Tano’s arrival for the first time in a live-action Star Wars production. So, reserving the finale cameo for a relatively less known character of Plo Koon would be suspicious in most circumstances, still the cast believed it while the fans were never told to expect a cameo.
But in the end it was not Plo Koon, but Luke Skywalker himself who came for Grogu. The Jedi master who freed the Galaxy from the clutches of the Empire was mowing the robots down singlehandedly and blew every fan’s brain with the cameo. So, how was LucasFilm, Disney and The Mandalorian cast and crew able to hide such a massive cameo from the fans?
Well, the answer is simple, a bate and switch tactics where a stand-in actor was used to film the scene with dots on his face. The cast was told Plo Koon‘s mask would be added in post-production and everyone ate up the lies from the writers and producers. Plo Koon is from Dorin and he needs a mask to breath in the oxygen rich environment so it is understandable he was cited as the reference for the cast.
Katee Sackhoff was talking during the fundraiser event Star Wars Explained when Plo Koon was mentioned and the Bo-Katan actress shared a tit-bit about the lies told during the production. “Do you know that that’s who we thought that it was at the end [of Season 2]? … That’s who we thought it was, was Plo Koon. That’s who we [were] told it was and I’m a very gullible person. When somebody important tells me something, I say ‘okay’,” she explained.
Well, if the inclusion of Plo Koon was mentioned to the fans of the franchise, they probably would have seen through the farce. The Dorian died onscreen in the third prequel movie Revenge of the Sith so it could not have been him coming in to save Mando, Bo and their friends. But still, Jon Favreau and the production could have spin some force ghost type of stuff to pull the wool over the eyes of the fans.
Considering everything and how The Mandalorian season 2 cameo surprised everyone, it was the right decision for them to hide the cameo. Seeing Luke Skywalker killing robots and using the force was similarly satisfying as it was seeing Darth Vader mow down Resistance fighters at the end of Rogue One. It was a living up to the expectation moment for both those two characters and played out well on screen.
As for what to expect from Disney+ Star Wars shows next, we have the Bad Batch coming on 4 May and a solo Ahsoka series followed by The Mandalorian season 3.
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