The Disney + original series, The Mandalorian, is a huge hit with Star Wars fans. Social media has become obsessed with Baby Yoda references, and the search is on to find as many hidden Easter eggs as possible. Creator Jon Favreau seems to have hit it out of the park with this one.
Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner recently praised Favreau, referring to him as the new George Lucas.
As diehard fans continue to analyze the series looking for Star Wars references, there is one shocking callback in Episode 3: The Sin that viewers may have missed.
A callback to ‘The Empire Strikes Back‘
Back in the ’80s, anxious Star Wars fans filled movie theaters around the country. They sat on the edge of their seats as the story of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back played out on the big screen. Fans had less than two hours to decipher all the hidden references to the canon that were intertwined throughout the film.
Fast forward to 2020, and fans can now stream Star Wars in the comfort of their own home. This allows them to notice things they may have never seen before. In The Empire Strikes Back, Willrow Hood is the infamous “Ice Cream Guy.”
As he escapes the attack of Darth Vader on Cloud City, he is seen clutching what appears to be an ice cream maker. For years, fans have wondered about the significance of this machine. It didn’t make sense that he would grab a kitchen appliance as he was running for safety.
Before the release of The Mandalorian, Favreau teased a photo on his Instagram account. It was the same ice cream maker that Willrow Hood was seen holding forty years prior. Needless to say, fans were intrigued.
The significance of the ice cream maker
In Episode 3 of The Mandalorian, the very specific ice cream maker makes a surprise return. Those who did catch this subtle detail were thrilled to discover that Willrow Hood was not worried about making ice cream after all.
At the start of The Mandalorian, the Client promises Mando a “whole camtono” of Beskar. This is the steel used for making indestructible body armor. In Episode 3 when the camtono appears, it is the much-talked-about ice cream maker. It seems this is how characters in the Star Wars universe store their valuables. It’s like a futuristic briefcase.
Like all good Star Wars theories, they seem to take on a life of their own on the internet. In 2017, a video went viral of a cute little girl calling ice cream “camtono.”
Fans took it a step further when the “Ice Cream Guy” randomly appeared in the 1997 Star Wars card game. And for those still not convinced that the 40-year-old ice cream maker is significant, consider the theory discussed by Inverse.
They claim that in the final shot of the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, Rey is holding something that strongly resembles none other than – you guessed it – the ice cream maker.
The Mandalorian is a love letter to fans
The Mandalorian takes place after Return of the Jedi. The storyline follows the time period between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. An intergalactic bounty hunter traverses the edges of civilization looking for his assets.
Despite being hidden behind an iron mask, Favreau leaned on past characters such as Boba Fett for inspiration. The original series is filled with Easter eggs, keeping viewers intrigued throughout. The Mandalorian is original, mysterious, and unique. It is Favreau’s nod to George Lucas and a love letter to Star Wars fans around the world.