‘The Mandalorian’ Season 1 Finale Recap — Will this Bounty Hunter Save the Child?

It’s time for the Mandalorian’s story to come to an end — we last left our cast of misfits cornered into a room and the Child in the hands of a stormtrooper. Will the bounty hunter and Cara Dune save Baby Yoda? What’s next for this unlikely pair? Here’s what you might’ve missed from the season one finale of The Mandalorian.

This episode contains major spoilers from episode eight of the Disney+ original series! Read at your own risk.

The premiere of Lucasfilm's first-ever, live-action series, 'The Mandalorian'
The premiere of Lucasfilm’s first-ever, live-action series, ‘The Mandalorian’ | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Episode eight picks up right where the last chapter left off

Thinking back to chapter seven, things were looking pretty rough for the Mandalorian and his newfound friends. While dozens of stormtroopers surrounded the bounty hunter, Greef Karga, and Cara Dune, Kuiil made a break for the ship with the Child. He was, unfortunately, killed by stormtroopers and the Child was swept up and taken back to town.

The two stormtroopers who picked up the Child are waiting for clearance into the town, and cracking some jokes along the way, when the IG Unit appears and performs his primary function: to care and protect. He kills the stormtroopers and takes the Child back into the arms of the Mandalorian

The Mandalorian is injured while saving the Child

The IG Unit caused a lot of commotion among the former Empire army and, for a brief moment, the Mandalorian and his crew are able to get out of their hiding place and attack, killing most of the stormtroopers along the way. Unfortunately, the leader of this group, Moff Gideon, isn’t really fazed by this and manages to injure the Mandalorian with an explosion. Our protagonists head back to their building to regroup.

Now, with the Child in hand and the Mandalorian bleeding from the head, they have a few options. They could give the child to Moff Gideon or, the Mandalorian explains, they could go through the sewers and get help from the other Mandalorians.

Unfortunately, the bounty hunter is hurt badly and the IG unit stays behind with him as the others make a break for the sewers, accompanied by a necklace with a symbol that should get them help.

Because he’s been reprogrammed, the IG unit suggests the bounty hunter removes his helmet so he can perform first aid. He can’t, the Mandalorian explains, he can’t take the helmet off in front of another living thing. The IG unit says he isn’t alive and for the very first time, viewers see the Mandalorian’s face as his injuries are tended to by this droid.

The Mandalorian meets up with the Armoress from previous episodes

The Mandalorian and the IG unit rejoin the crew underground, only to find that the other Mandalorians abandoned their armor there. The Armoress is the only one left, who explains that after the whole fight with the child, some of them fled without their masks.

She finally sees the Child and, as a result, gives the Mandalorian a cool-looking jetpack and his signet. She tells him that because the Child is now a foundling, it’s the bounty hunter’s job to return the Child to its kind.

Unfortunately, they don’t have time to do that because the stormtroopers are right on their tail. While the crew makes a break for a lava river, the Armoress stays behind to kill those who were following them.

Can the Mandalorian escape Moff Gideon?

Cara Dune, Greef Karga, the Mandalorian, the IG unit, and the Child all board a sort-of ship. Together, they float down a lava river, hoping to find safety on the other side. They find out pretty quickly more stormtroopers ready to attack outside the cave. The IG Unit steps out of the boat and into the lava, walking ahead of the crew.

He engages self-destruct mode, saving the Child and killing all the remaining stormtroopers. Their only remaining threat is Moff Gideon, who has, unfortunately, returned with a TIE Fighter. Not to worry, though. With his new jetpack, the Mandalorian attacks this former member of the Empire and his ship crashes somewhere in the distance. 

Cara Dune and Greef Karga decide to stay on this planet. However, the Mandalorian heads back to his ship with the adorable baby. Finally, the Mandalorian and the Child can enjoy their journey together in peace — or can they? The last scene of season one is Moff Gideon emerging from his TIE fighter.

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