The Mandalorian season 2 finale was full of shocks and twists (Picture: Hollywood Archive)
Warning: spoilers ahead for season two of The Mandalorian.
During the episode, the Mandalorian Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and his group of allies, including bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), stormed the cruiser of villain Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in an effort to rescue Grogu (aka Baby Yoda).
As they faced an attack from a platoon of murderous battle droids known as the dark troopers, they were saved last-minute by the appearance of a mysterious Jedi, who wielded their lightsaber as they made their way through the ship.
At first, many Mandalorian fans assumed the Jedi was Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), who made her first live-action appearance earlier on in the series.
However, once it was shown that the Jedi was fighting with a green lightsaber rather than Ahsoka’s two white lightsabers, several viewers quickly realised the cloaked figure was someone else.
And lo and behold, the Jedi’s identity was revealed to be none other than bona fide Star Wars icon Luke Skywalker, leaving fans in a state of utter shock and excitement.
‘I was literally shaking at the reveal of #LukeSkywalker. And now I am crying with joy that you got @HamillHimself [to play] him,’ one person tweeted.
‘That was the best and emotional season finale you could ever have,’ another added.
Someone else remarked that Luke meeting Grogu was ‘some of the best Star Wars content ever’, expressing their thanks to The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni for the moment.
‘OMG I’M SCREAMING IT’S LUKE SKYWALKER!!!’ someone else stated.
Multiple fans drew parallels between Luke’s arrival on the ship to similar scenes featuring his father, Darth Vader, with several people directly comparing the moment in The Mandalorian season finale to Darth Vader’s action sequence in the 2016 Star Wars film Rogue One.
‘The parallels in this episode of #TheMandalorian were amazing,’ one person said.
‘Like father like son. Luke Skywalker is Anakin through and through,’ another fan ominously commented.
The season two finale ended with a surprise-filled post-credits scene featuring Boba and Fennec, in which it was announced that ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ will be coming in December 2021.
Last week, it was confirmed that Hayden Christensen would be returning to the Star Wars universe as Anakin Skywalker, having previously played the younger version of Darth Vader in the prequel trilogy.
Hayden will appear opposite Ewan McGregor in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus show.
The actor said it ‘feels good to be back’ as Anakin, saying it was ‘such an incredible journey’ portraying the character.
Yesterday, it was announced that Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the original Star Wars films, had died aged 75.
Star Wars star Mark paid tribute to the late actor, describing him as ‘the quintessential English gentleman’.
The Mandalorian is available to watch on Disney Plus.