‘The Mandalorian’: Fans Are Convinced This Character Isn’t Really Dead

Just like their compatriots over at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars characters have a habit of not staying dead. Especially if you’re a Jedi, you can always come back as a Force Ghost, like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker. 

However, the particular character from The Mandalorian that fans think isn’t really dead is a droid. Droids do not always come back in Star Wars, but repairs are certainly possible.  

What happened to this character in ‘The Mandalorian?’

Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau onstage
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Courtesy spoiler warning if you haven’t seen the first episode of The Mandalorian yet.

If you have seen the episode, you know the title character runs into a bounty hunter droid named  IG-11, and the two engage in a fierce battle, first as adversaries then as reluctant allies. But the alliance  is short-lived when the duo discovers an alien child that fans call “baby Yoda.” IG-11 wants to follow his instructions to terminate the child, but the Mandalorian, who has already declared he doesn’t like droids,  blasts IG-11 instead. 

What we don’t know for sure is if IG-11 is down for the count or is only wounded. He does not appear at all in the second episode, which focuses more on the child, However, fans liked IG-11 so much, they hope he can come back somehow. 

One fan on Reddit said, “I was looking forward to (the series) having a sidekick role of sorts just to get shot in the head! The chemistry between them was pretty nice and funny though, hope that’s not the last of him. Another fan responded that he would definitely be back, based on positive response from the previews.”

Droids get knocked around in Star Wars

Being mechanical/electronic entities that always seem to be the target of blasters, droids take quite a beating throughout the Star Wars movies. In the original Star Wars, C-3PO gets his arm cut off in a Sandpeople attack. After the battle to destroy the Death Star, R2-D2 comes back severely damaged from a laser blast. Threepio also gets blown apart in The Empire Strikes Back

Here’s the thing about droids, though. They can usually be repaired. R2-D2 came back in tip-top shape for the medal ceremony at the end of Star Wars, and Empire Strikes Back made a running gag out of Chewbacca not being able to reassemble Threepio properly. 

Not every droid comes back, however, Despite being one of the more popular characters, K-2SO does not survive Rogue One, although to be fair, nobody survived Rogue One.

The fan who mentioned the Mandalorian previews said, “From the sneak previews they gave to media, they said it was like a running joke that people kept confusing him for IG-88 and it p—–him off. Either they cut a bunch out of this episode, or he’ll be back.”

When will The Mandalorian be back? 

Now it remains to be seen not only if IG-11 will come back but when The Mandalorian will be back. Unlike Netflix, Disney+ does not drop all episodes at once for viewers to binge-watch. Instead, they release the episodes on a weekly basis, harkening back to the old broadcast TV model. 

This may upset fans who want to binge, but there has been some debate lately about how effective binging is. Some people think that watching all the episodes at once blows the anticipation early, so a show is hot for a while, but then it quickly fades.

Luckily, IGN has the schedule for all the episodes: 

  • Episode 3 – Friday, November 22
  • Episode 4 – Friday, November 29
  • Episode 5 – Friday, December 6
  • Episode 6 – Friday, December 13
  • Episode 7 – Wednesday, December 18
  • Episode 8 – Friday, December 27.

A weekly drop makes the buzz last longer, which is partly why there has been so much debate about just what “baby Yoda” is.