This article contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2. To remind yourself where we left off, here’s our Mandalorian Season 2, episode 4 review.
At the end of The Mandalorian Chapter 12, Imperial officer Moff Gideon (portrayed by the venerable Giancarlo Esposito) observes a group of black-armored troopers. These ominous-looking soldiers are known as Dark Troopers, which were first seen in the 1994 PC Game Star Wars: Dark Forces. For a full rundown of these new foes, be sure to check out our Dark Troopers explainer right here. But as menacing as these Dark Troopers appear, Moff Gideon also wears some intimidating armor of his own that looks very Vader-esque.
IGN spoke to Episito about why his character dresses differently from the other Moff’s we’ve seen before. “I think it’s a throwback to this guy,” Esposito told IGN. “I mean, it really relates in a way to me, I like to think or imagine in my brain, that he has the kind of power that Darth Vader had. And so, seeing him in his armor and his cape and armed up tells me he’s a warrior. That tells me he is a soldier and has the skills to back that up and hopefully, you’ll see it soon in our [upcoming] episode.”
Over the past few years, Esposito has become synonymous with playing iconic villains like Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and his upcoming portrayal of Anton in Far Cry 6. The Emmy-nominated actor explained how Moff Gideon differs from the previous villains he’s played before.
“Gustavo Fring had his silence. Moff Gideon is not that guy,” Esposito informed IGN. “He’s going to speak out, say what he needs to say. He’s going to inflame people. That makes me think, ‘Oh, he already knows things that he is going to do that you might think as an audience are impossible, but he already is prepared for certain outcomes.’ And that’s what I love about Moff. He’s a thinker and he’s come so close to getting this child. What does he want them for? And that’s the question. What does he really want? Does he want to empower other people or take all the power for himself? Or does he want to rebuild the galaxy or create the world’s most formidable army?”
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Esposito wouldn’t go into any specifics about what we might see from him in upcoming episodes, but thankfully, Season 2 of The Mandalorian isn’t taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, so stay tuned to see what Moff Gideon has in store for Mando and The Child in Chapter 15!
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