I’ve recently revisited The Mandalorian and yeah…I forgot how magical it is. That finale is truly something special; from the super cool all-female unit consisting of Bo-Katan, Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, and Koska Reeves to the imminent showdown between Moff Gideon and Mando which pretty much is the most fulfilling duel since Rey vs. Kylo in The Force Awakens. But of course the best part arrives in the finale’s final fifteen minutes which offers one of the best surprises in the entire franchise’s history with Luke’s unbelievable return.
But what is it that makes his return so special? We all knew a Jedi was coming and we all kind of expected it to be Luke but it still sent chills down our spines when our affirmations turned out to be true. The magic honestly belongs to Ludwig Gorannson’s incredible score.
You see, when the Jedi usually arrive to save the day they are accompanied with a heroic rendition of the Force Theme but here we finally observe the mysticism of the Jedi through the eyes of non-Force wielders.
For Mando and co., they didn’t see the X-Wing’s arrival as a savior moment. In fact, for all they knew, an even scarier individual had arrived and Gorannson portrays that perfectly in his music for that moment.
Watch the scene below.
Because Luke is hooded for the duration of his Dark Trooper-destroying endeavors it almost makes one wonder if it’s really Luke even though everything points to that fact. Goransson helps to extend the suspense by never once using any musical cues to help us determine if it’s really Skywalker or not.
It is only when he removes the hood to reveal himself that we hear the iconic Force Theme along with our excited exclamations or loud bursts of tears.
It’s a powerful moment and honestly is the “Portals” moment of the Star Wars franchise. We, as Star Wars fans, collectively lost our minds upon seeing Luke’s epic return and it remains the highlight of 2020, in my opinion.
In case you’ve never seen it, here is a twenty-one minute video of fans reacting to that finale. This just might make your day.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.