The Mandalorian: PXO share breakdown of visual effects
The Mandalorian followed the story of Mando (played by Pedro Pascal) who was serving as the protector of Grogu who is more commonly known as Baby Yoda. The Disney+ series dropped its series two finale onto the streaming service, which featured none other than a CGI version of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Express.co.uk has a full explanation as to why Luke popped up in The Mandalorian.
Why is Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian?
As Star Wars fans are already well aware, Luke was the son of Darf Vader (David Prowse) and the twin brother of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)
He famously blew up the first Death Star and after the deaths of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Yoda, Luke became the last Jedi standing.
The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars film the Return of the Jedi and, according to the franchise’s books and comics, Luke made it his mission to rebuild the Jedi Order.
With his teachers now only existing as Force ghosts, Luke did everything he could to get his hands on information on the Jedi, including finding artefacts, books and sacred sites.
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During his mission, Luke was able to locate ancient Jedi texts such as the Rammahgon and the Aionomica which feature in The Last Jedi.
He also found the site of the first Jedi temple on Ahch-To and was helped by others including Rebel pilot Shara Bey – the mum of Poe Dameron – Lando Calrissian and Lor San Tekka who followed the order’s teachings.
In The Mandalorian episode The Jedi, former Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano met Grogu but said she couldn’t train him because of his attachment to Mando.
But she did suggest for Mando to take Grogu to the Jedi temple on Tython in the hopes of him using the Force to reach out to another Jedi.
In episode The Tragedy, Grogu sat on the seeing stone in the Jedi temple and entered a meditative trance.
During this moment is when Grogu was communicating and developing a bond with Luke.
The identity of this mysterious Jedi wasn’t revealed though until the series finale The Rescue.
Luke even comes to Grogu’s rescue when Mando and his team fail to rescue him from an Imperial cruiser.
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Having communicated with Grogu using the Force, Luke lands his X-Wing in one of the ship’s hangar bays and battles with Dark Trooper droids to reach the group on the bridge.
Luke then explains he is there to take Grogu away and begin his training as a Jedi.
Luke says: “He is strong with the Force but talent without training is nothing. “I will give my life to protect the child.
“But he will not be safe until he masters his abilities.”
Having had an emotional farewell moment with Mando, Grogu leaves with Luke to commence training.
Luke is still young in The Mandalorian despite actor Mark Hamill now being 69-years-old.
This is because the creators of the show used CGI to combine Hamill’s young facial features and performance with body double Max Lloyd-Jones.
Actor Lloyd-Jones, who portrayed the ape Blue Eyes in War for the Planet of the Apes, was responsible for all of Luke’s lightsaber moves in The Mandalorian season two finale.
The Mandalorian is available to watch on Disney Plus.
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