Episode 7 of ‘The Mandalorian‘ Ends with An Unexpected Twist. WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Mandalorian, Episode 7: “The Reckoning.” This post discusses the events in detail of Episode 7. If you have not watched the this episode DO NOT PROCEED. You have been warned.
As all episode of The Mandalorian so far, the episode’s description is a minimal one line summary, but the story encompasses so much more. Episode 7, “The Reckoning,” is summed up as: “An old rival extends an invitation for The Mandalorian to make peace.”
The “old rival” mentioned is none other than Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), the man who first gave ‘Mando’ the job to retrieve the child in Episode 1. Things ended in less than savory terms when ‘Mando’ decided to go back and rescue the child from “The Client” and has since been on the run from other bounty hunters across the galaxy.
Previously ‘Mando’ believed Karga to be dead after suffering a blaster shot to the heart, which was protected by the Mandalorian steel bar in his pocket. Karga offers a truce and a new job for ‘Mando’ who senses a trap and decides to bring two of his new friends along with him, Kuiil and Cara, whom he met while on the run from the other hunters.
After being saved by “The Child,” Karga has a change of heart and ends a plot to kill Mando and steal “The Child” and offers to help Mando take down “The Client” together. Mando asks Kuiil to take the child and go hide inside his ship, Razorcrest, and Karga, Mando, and Cara pretend to have captured Mando and turn him in.
While speaking with The Client, he receives a call from an unknown host. While The Client speaks to this mysterious figure, Mando slips from his cuffs, readies his blaster, and prepares to take out The Client and his security detail, when the unexpected happens.
The room begins to fill with blaster shots and Mando, Karga, and Cara immediately take cover while The Client and his detail are quickly killed by a group of Imperial Stormtroopers wearing black uniforms and quickly joined by a battalion of stormtroopers. As they fall into formation, a Tie Fighter lands behind them revealing the actual client who was trying to retrieve The Child, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito).
Trying desperately to reach Kuiil and ensure The Child’s safety, Mando septs out a message over radio and gives away the position of Kuiil to two stormtroopers keeping guard with land speeders near an entrance to the town. They immediately board their speeders and go after Kuiil.
While Moff Gideon monologues to Karga, Mando, and Cara, Mando desperately tries to reach Kuiil over the coms and a montage of scenes between the group, the troopers racing across the landscape, and Kuiil holding the child and getting closer to the ship with the troopers closing in, ensues. The scene heartbreaking ends with Mando screaming Kuiil’s name into the coms as we see The Child scooped up by one of the troopers and we see Kuiil’s lifeless body lying in the dirt with smoke rising from his back, presumable from blaster wounds. Marking the first major death of a favored character in the Star Wars Series.
There is one final episode of The Mandalorian in this season, and it is common knowledge that executive producer and creator, Jon Favreau, has been tapped for a second season by Lucasfilm, but with a cliffhanger like this for the season finale, what will happen to fan favorite “Baby Yoda” and our new favorite Mandalorian bounty hunter? If and how will they retrieve “The Child”? Will we have to wait for Season 2 to find out? We shall see.
Have you been enjoying The Mandalorian on Disney+ so far? Which episode has been your favorite? Where you surprised by the sudden twist at the end of Episode 7? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments, but please DO NOT SHARE SPOILERS! I have spoken.
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