When Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) returned to the Star Wars universe during The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), Star Wars fans were ecstatic. Thanks to showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni’s “cloak and dagger” set, the cameo even surprised many Mandalorian cast members, including Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze).
Skywalker’s return, by design, undoubtedly, couldn’t have come at a better time in The Mandalorian saga. He swooped in with his X-wing — and a green lightsaber — just in time to save Kryze, Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Nite Owl warrior Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper squad.
Now, it has been reported just how far the episode’s director, Peyton Reed — who shared a touching social media exchange with Hamill after the finale aired — and his Mandalorian crew went to keep fans from finding out about Skywalker’s reappearance in the Star Wars franchise.
A recent Tweet about the subterfuge reads:
Director @MrPeytonReed went so far as to commission this fake concept art, of the character Plo Koon, to hide @HamillHimself’s involvement in #TheMandalorian Season 2 finale.
Director @MrPeytonReed went so far as to commission this fake concept art, of the character Plo Koon, to hide @HamillHimself's involvement in #TheMandalorian Season 2 finale. pic.twitter.com/CRF8vPHPeg
— /Film (@slashfilm) August 25, 2021
Before the second season concluded, many Mandalorian viewers speculated that Plo Koon would show up — this would have connected specifically to the Dave Filoni-directed Season 2, Episode 5 (“Chapter 13: The Jedi”), in which Star Wars: The Clone Wars fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) made her live-action debut.
Koon, after all, was the Jedi who first found three-year-old Ahsoka on her homeworld of Shili, and the two maintained a special bond:
Being the one who found her, Plo took her to the Jedi Temple, where she was to be raised to learn the ways of the Jedi. … Through their bond, Plo Koon affectionately calls her “Little ‘Soka” and Ahsoka calls him “Master Plo”.
Although this concept art was just an elaborate ruse to prevent fans from knowing who was really about to save the day in the Star Wars story, it is certainly possible we could see Plo Koon again, perhaps even in a flashback sequence in the upcoming Mandalorian spinoff series, Ahsoka.
As for Luke Skywalker, his reappearance in The Mandalorian is almost inevitable now that he is Grogu’s Jedi Master.
Whether his next appearance comes in The Mandalorian Season 3, Ahsoka, or The Book of Boba Fett — or even the rumored Luke Skywalker series that could reportedly star Sebastian Stan — we’re clearly not done with the most iconic Jedi in a galaxy far, far away.
What do you think about Peyton Reed’s commitment to keeping the Luke Skywalker cameo a secret?