You take some season one characters, Mando, and a bunch of Imps and, baby, you’ve got a stew going. Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, The Siege, marks the Star Wars directorial debut of Carl Weathers, who also plays Greef Karga. Interestingly, this is the 13th directorial credit on Weathers’ résumé (including 8 episodes of Silk Stockings???), but the first time he’s been behind the camera in a galaxy far, far away. And, like most of the episodes thus far, it was a triumph. The Siege marks the first time we see Din Djarin’s faithful friends Karga and Cara Dune, played by Gina Carano this season. We get to see how they’ve helped the planet of Navarro since the events of the season 1 finale.
Unfortunately, some fans may be disappointed by this episode, or, more specifically, what’s not in it. Last week’s episode, The Heiress, name-dropped none other than Ahsoka Tano. The main character in The Clone Wars, the plucky Togruta was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the time between Attack of the Clones and The Revenge of the Sith. Yet, when they announced that Chapter 13 is an episode both written and directed by Dave Filoni, we expect that if Ahsoka shows up, this will be the episode she does.
Still, there’s plenty to love about Chapter 12, The Siege, which essentially brings the Mandalorian back home. Not only does this episode move the story forward in a lot of ways, there is great action and a HUGE clue as to why the Imperial holdouts were so desperate to get their hands on Baby Yoda, alive or dead. We’ve only got four episodes left in this season, but they promise to be as epic as any that came before.
Spoilers to follow.
The Mandalorian Chapter 12, The Siege, Takes the Fight to the Imps
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After the events of the past few episodes, the Mandalorian’s trusty ship, the Razor Crest, is in bad shape. So, instead of heading for the planet Corvus, the Mandalorian headed back to Navarro where the whole series started. Yet, the main city looks much different than it did when we last saw it. Bright and colorful, people are living better lives with both Greef and Cara acting as the de facto government. In fact, we first see Cara defending the, now abandoned, underground home of the Mandalorian covert. Upon his arrival, the Child is taken to a school set up in the old cantina where Greef used to dole out bounty contracts. In fact, the entire planet is safe (well at least from non-beast attacks) save for one Imperial holdout base.
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The most interesting thing about the episode is not the background blunder shown in the above tweet, but what they found after this scene. Eagle-eyed Star Wars fans correctly assumed that the patch on the uniform worn by Omid Abtahi’s Dr. Pershing was that of the Kamino Cloners. In Chapter 12, The Siege, the Mandalorian and company found tanks of deformed bodies that looked a lot like what we saw in The Rise of Skywalker. They also found a message from Pershing saying that the “M-count” of the blood they used was insufficient for success. This suggests that the reason the Imperial holdouts wanted the Child in the first place was because of his high midichlorian count, presumably to clone Emperor Palpatine.
What to Expect for the Denouement of The Mandalorian Season 2
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The final act of the episode is full of action, and the good guys are victorious. Yet, this does not come without a cost. While the Razor Crest is now fully repaired, it also has an Imperial tracking beacon on it. This means that Moff Gideon and his crew of Imps will soon be able to find the Mandalorian and the Child. All-in-all it promises that these final four episodes will be as epic as we hope.
It’s possible that we see Bo-Katan again, reuniting her with Ahsoka after we saw them last reunite in the final season of The Clone Wars. It also means that we might see Ahsoka and Bo-Katan kicking some Imperial ass as the Mandalorian makes his escape with Baby Yoda. It’s also possible that we get another moment or two with Boba Fett, especially if the rumor about him having a large role in season 3 is true.
Yet, what most intrigues me is Moff Gideon and the aims of his Imperial holdout crew. If he’s working to clone Emperor Palpatine a new body, it will be very interesting. Essentially, the Star Wars property that most fans seem united in enjoying will connect itself directly to the most controversial decision from The Rise of Skywalker. It will also show that some of the high-ranking people in the Empire were aware of the Emperor’s contingency plan to hold on to life. Where The Mandalorian started out as its own thing in the Star Wars universe, it could end up connecting to the saga in huge ways in as little as four episodes.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.