The Mandalorian Season 2: The Truth Behind The Empire’s Secret Plan - Star Wars Canon Fodder

The Mandalorian Season 2 has been a non-stop action ride so far and this week's episode of the live-action Star Wars series directed by Carl Weathers, Din Djarin and The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) find themselves headed back to Nevarro to help some friends kick the Empire off the planet. But that's not all! While on the mission, The Mandalorian learns new details about what The Empire wanted with The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) in the first place. Join host Max Scoville for this week's edition of IGN's Canon Fodder. This is the way!

So far, The Mandalorian Season 2 has fully delivered on the promise of action and intrigue we received in The Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer. The Mandalorian and The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) have already met new allies like Cobb Vanth and Bo-Katan Kryze, so who's next? Fans are eagerly awaiting the appearance of Ahsoka Tano, but in this episode, Din Djarin and The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) head back to Nevarro and learn new secrets that tie their adventure to Emperor Palpatine and even Supreme Leader Snoke. The newest Star Wars villain, Moff Gideon, is up to no good as he's clearly messing around with the clone technology previously used by Emperor Palpatine.

And while we're on the topic, you know what's a great Star Wars video game? Star Wars Dark Forces. Mostly because that game includes the Dark Troopers and if you're still reading this YT description you've probably already guessed: yeah the Imperial Dark Troopers are back in the game. But we still have so many unanswered questions: Where is the Darksaber? When will The Mandalorian meet Ahsoka Tano? Well Dank Farrick, we don't know but we'll continue to watch Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2. This is the way!
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Paul D
Paul D - Time siden
Dark Troopers,....ahem, West End Games, the makers of the d6 SW Role Playing Game,...Filoni - Lucas - WEG all closely co-ordinated for a comprehensive and uniform continuity.
Filoni has steadily been reintroducing WEG into canon by having it appear again onscreen, be it in Clone Wars, Rebels or the Mandalorian.
Wizeke Tha
Wizeke Tha - 2 timer siden
This post has 66 dislikes i feel a disturbance in the force
Rainer Wahnsinn
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I think the volunteer was baby yoda. The scientist had a short time with him and his blood was so valuable because he is small and can olny lose little amounts from time to time, so it‘s rarer. But it problably isn‘t true because they something other coming
Alumlovescake - 6 timer siden
yuvraj01 - 6 timer siden
From what l have read, Ahsoka will only appear once in this season, and will be more prominent in Season 3..if true she is set to appear in next week's episode rather than this week..
Beati3 - 9 timer siden
IMHO Boba Fett will end up being the volunteer given he's the unaltered clone, and hates Jedi with a fiery passion.
yusef deria
yusef deria - 13 timer siden
Cloning = Star Wars force unleashed starkiller project
Cammy Watt
Cammy Watt - 15 timer siden
I've got no intelligent input but I did like the bit where that wee green frog man spewed.
Terrell Grier
Terrell Grier - 15 timer siden
I’m just going to go ahead and post my theory. In some way, I think Rey (or a member of her family) may somehow be connected to the “volunteer”...making Rey somewhat connected to Sidious. Hey healing powers resemble Baby Yodas and the first time we got to see it in action so there are definitely some similarities between the two. The only thing that doesn’t quit match is the timeline since Rey is 19 in TFA and the Mandalorian is set 25 years before that. So I’m interested in seeing how they tie more of the sequels into the show since there are little to no answers to any of it lol.
Joshua Merchan
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Why couldn’t the writers/creators of Mandalorian make the Ep 7,8, & 9?! They’re doing a wayyy better job.
Splashlord - 16 timer siden
Alberto Soto
Alberto Soto - 16 timer siden
Show has audio description for the visually impated. That voiceover calls the dark troopers.
Alberto Soto
Alberto Soto - 16 timer siden
cPolonium - 16 timer siden
Did they ever say how many M-count Luke had? I wonder if he had more than Anakin did before he was Vader.
Mason Ginn
Mason Ginn - 20 timer siden
I seriously hope they don’t tie in the sequels, have it be something else
drnick55 - 21 time siden
Is it me or is the opening bit with baby yoda and the wires a lot like baby groot with the death button from guardians of the galaxy 2
En G2
En G2 - 21 time siden
How does Anakin have that much M-count while Sidious could force choke Dooku on the planet where he was?
Deepak Singh
Deepak Singh - Dag siden
this entire plot would have worked great if the movies hadnt come out , now since the mystery is kind of gone its just nice to see it but there is no excitement plus the last jedi kind of killed alot of stuff , i mean just look at luke he was supposed to be the superman of star wars and all we got was some kind of a plastic man
Bryant Susilo
Bryant Susilo - Dag siden
What if the volunteer is bobba fet
zerosub - Dag siden
Yada yada
levitan71 - Dag siden
ah you lost me at sequel trilogy. *thumbs down*
Brokkoli OMG
Brokkoli OMG - Dag siden
i just hope ahsoka doesnt die in this series.
Jeremy JMIAH Williamson
WHY DID YOU THINK AHSOKA WOULD BE IN THIS EPISODE when WE CLEARLY KNEW Dave Filoni was directing the 5th episode... NEXT Friday?!!??! WHY NOT JUST USE SOME COMMON SENSE?!?!? Why should I listen to any of your theories or anything when you can't even get small details accurate?!?!
Lord Byron
Lord Byron - Dag siden
Mando will inject himself with baby Yoda’s blood and turn into Superman-dalorian.
Mad Brawlic
Mad Brawlic - Dag siden
They want an army of Sith again. I didn't watch episode 9 but heard all the horrible things. "I am all the sith" yeah we can see that now. Obviously it's a threat of force sensitive empire sith soldiers that would give them complete control over the galaxy since they don't have Jedi to contest with anymore. Mandalorians can kill Jedi so I am sure they can kill sith, queue the rebuilding of Mandalore and destruction of force sensitive clones.
Dean Humphreys
Dean Humphreys - Dag siden
this was an awesome episode. maybe we will see Kyle Katarn show up? that would be epic!!
Shut up
Shut up - Dag siden
I hope the cloning is not linked with Palpatine/Snoak. The mandalorian shines because it's not bogged down with the movies' convoluted plot and instead focuses on world building.
Jared Guffey
Jared Guffey - Dag siden
Boba Fett could be the volunteer.🤷🏼‍♂️
KEG 8793
KEG 8793 - Dag siden
Deffo dark troopers and maybe snokes in the tube
Chris G
Chris G - Dag siden
K can we stop calling them "Side missions" each episode so far has furthered the main narrative. Which makes them the opposite or filler...
Darth Comrade
Darth Comrade - Dag siden
I don't think they're clones. When the Empire says "volunteers" we all know what that means. Anyone remember the Shadow Troopers?
whyp - 13 timer siden
Guinea Pig Everyday
Guinea Pig Everyday - 2 dager siden
Dude why keep calling it 'side-mission', there is no main or side mission, its an episodic instead of serialized tv series. Not everything has to be plot
Crash Test
Crash Test - 2 dager siden
Let’s not forget.... they destroyed the lab... no more snoke.... hopefully...
Darrlo Silay
Darrlo Silay - 2 dager siden
You'd think that the body rejected the blood because the Midichlorians choose which body they reside in?
They are sentient.
Angry HD
Angry HD - 2 dager siden
The creators of Mandelorian single handedly SAVED the Star Wars franchise. May the Force be with you.
Angry Ox
Angry Ox - 5 timer siden
@Ying-Ling if they can keep putting out things like the Mandalorian, Jedi: Fallen Order and movies that are more like Rogue One than the sequel trilogy Star Was can be kept alive.
Daniel Cadewood
Daniel Cadewood - 6 timer siden
@Ying-Ling sadly it needs a miracle and a ton of hard work by people who actually know what star wars is and should be.
Ying-Ling - 14 timer siden
they’re definitely keeping it alive. Star Wars can’t be saved lol
BarnyWaterg8 - 14 timer siden
@Daniel Cadewood that is the way.
Daniel Cadewood
Daniel Cadewood - Dag siden
Thank Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and of course George Lucas for starters. I hope we all get to a point where they (this iconic trio might I say) are head of all that is star wars.
crithon - 2 dager siden
I wished they did an Arrested Development reference, they already shook hands, and zoomed in on their arms. Why not stop at Burger King "what a wonderful restaurant!"
shalakilimoQC - 2 dager siden
At the end of the episode, there is also Cara dune being mention that she came from Alderaan. Could this mean that she is somehow related to the Organa family?
The Yautja 360
The Yautja 360 - 2 dager siden
If your from Earth, are you and a total stranger related? Other than the fact that both are Earthlings?
irishboy664 - 2 dager siden
honestly, maybe it's cause i was 8 when phantom came out ( was already well versed) but midichlorians never irked me the way it does some fans
Aunt Vesuvi
Aunt Vesuvi - 2 dager siden
Thanks, Max! 🌟
Jonathan Riccardi
Jonathan Riccardi - 2 dager siden
I highly recommend you watch this video if I'm right here Snoke shall turn out to be Jorus c'boath
a few years ago I made this animation because I like his character or Xizor is also involved with Jerec
Leonardo Talavera
Leonardo Talavera - 2 dager siden
2:12 I feel like Gill gets me
Bruce Jackson
Bruce Jackson - 2 dager siden
So does this mean baby Yoda dies eventually.
Jesse Malone
Jesse Malone - 2 dager siden
Mauf is the volunteer I bet he’s trying to obtain force powers
Shahab Nasimi
Shahab Nasimi - 2 dager siden
They ( Disney ) thinks the jedi order is a cult that's why we will never see more than one jedi ever I'm telling you all right now moff gidden will kill the entire jedi order n then Ben solo will do it again 😡😡😡😡😡 is there something wrong with peacekeepers ( jedi knights )
Alexandros Theodorou
Alexandros Theodorou - 2 dager siden
Looks like they are making Power Armor. In Legends they had Power Armor but it was so expensive no more than 100 Suits were made. But when they were used they were almost unbeatable. The Human could fight inside of it or get out of it and the power armor could fight without the human.
Alex Esther
Alex Esther - 2 dager siden
The storm troopers mention TK 421 in passing. I don't believe the clones were snokes. They were just failed clone troopers. Probably what Kylo mentioned to Hux about bringing back clone troopers in one of the movies cause the Empire was trying to small scale kamino technology to raise an army. Maybe the Sith army in Rise of Skywalker?
Sandra Thompson
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Gustavo Ortiz
Gustavo Ortiz - 2 dager siden
Thought the end showed Darth Vader troop 😅
ValcryeTheSecond - 2 dager siden
I feel like the volunteer could be (I hope not) one of rey’s parents, not his child, but their partner, since palpatine wanted an heir to the throne. Just a loose speculation I guess
Aaron Coker
Aaron Coker - 2 dager siden
Max is the Man!!!
Ørjan Aasen
Ørjan Aasen - 2 dager siden
was it in the IGN review of this episode, or "star wars theory", who mentioned Snoke's theme was playing in the background while they were in the lab?
isa arif
isa arif - 2 dager siden
I knew it was snoke as soon as the music hit
Dermot Campbell
Dermot Campbell - 2 dager siden
The volunteer will be Ahsako, and she won't be a volunteer, she probably sacrifices her own escape for baby yoda to escape.
Mani K
Mani K - 2 dager siden
Gotta say, that Leo meme really cought me of guard
Jesse Gill
Jesse Gill - 2 dager siden
*Leo laughing meme
Benny M
Benny M - 2 dager siden
i love chubbs hes cool
The Judge
The Judge - 2 dager siden
Great video IGN.
EarthsGeomancer - 2 dager siden
What are Mini Chlorines?
Julian Payne
Julian Payne - 2 dager siden
i really hope those weren’t failed snoke clones. please leave the new trilogy out of the mandolorian.😩
chakkra69 - 2 dager siden
Sadly, that won't happen. They will use the TV series to fill up the gaps in those movies, just like they did with Clone Wars and the prequels. Although I do really wish for them to just declare that crap non-cannon.
SewFieSie - 2 dager siden
Hariz Ilmani
Hariz Ilmani - 2 dager siden
That's what I was guessing, he's a fanatic mandalorian wannabe. Fella purged mandalore to make himself feel like a bigger warrior
SewFieSie - 2 dager siden
That is actually a imperial light cruiser and its that massive ,,it can only carry 3 or 5 tie s
Jacob Glaser
Jacob Glaser - 2 dager siden
I think this show needs to distance itself as far as possible from the prequels and sequels. Original trilogy and expanded universe are cool though.
BangJarum - 2 dager siden
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casey - 2 dager siden
I'm so hyped for dark troopers. Dark forces is one of my favorite star wars games.
Adrian Delgado
Adrian Delgado - 2 dager siden
It is just as I expected. Drath Sidious. It's possible that he was trying to heal himself. Or at least the body that he currently possessed for his own. And the Empire was going to use the child to do it. But something tells me that the Bounty hunter and Asoka will not let that to happen. As for this volunteer, I believe that it's none other then the other last of the Jedi. Either it could be Cal Kestis or Ezra Bridger. It is possible that by the end of this series, this entire plan did not work. So the emperor started to shift his focus on building the 1st order and the final order so he can clear a path to a swift victory. And of course made Snoke to turn Ben Solo to the dark side to set everything in motion to draw out his blood relative, Ray, and at long last destroy the Jedi and revive the Sith forever.
Preethi Nair
Preethi Nair - 2 dager siden
Rick Grimes shows up in mandalorian
Preethi Nair
Preethi Nair - 2 dager siden
@Jesse Gill yes exactly😂
Jesse Gill
Jesse Gill - 2 dager siden
E - 2 dager siden
My guess is that they are trying to clone Palpatine (since its after jedi) and they want to use the child. But the mando stops it in the end and they have to find another blood source that sets up the sequel trilogy.
JayyJ - 2 dager siden
The plans the two guards were destroying were the Starkiller Base plans, the donor is baby yoda, and I want to say that is an early version of Snoke in the cloning tank (just my theory)
grungemonkey28 - 2 dager siden
You missed the Family Guy Blue Harvest Easter egg. No railing.
R F - 3 dager siden
The scene when the Mimbanese mechanic was told he would “be rewarded in the new era’, was a foreshadowing to The First Order.
obibyn - 3 dager siden
Missed the IG-11 Statue! On Nevarro. Can be seen in the background when the heroes walk into the school.
Muneeb Hamza
Muneeb Hamza - 3 dager siden
So looks like Baby Yoda will die at the end of series whenever that will be.
Matthew Fry
Matthew Fry - 3 dager siden
If you watch that scene with Moff Gideon with audio description on, the voice over says “immobilised Dark Troopers”
So it’s confirmed. We’re getting dark troopers.
Victor - 42 minutter siden
@TastyCrayon those were death troopers, dark troopers are different
TastyCrayon - 4 timer siden
Well... Gideon showed up with Dark Troopers in his first apperance. This is probably just the first time it's spelled out.
Guinea Pig Everyday
Guinea Pig Everyday - 2 dager siden
YES! thats awesome
Molitov Michelle
Molitov Michelle - 3 dager siden
Just let the new Trilogy die ffs. Loved the episode but concerned they want to keep trying with the new trilogy. It failed, move on and forward. Mandalorian is fantastic, keep it that way!
Dynarush333 - 3 dager siden
Dark trooper droids are probably being added so Ashoka can destroy them with her lightsabers without dismembering a human
Jesse B. Gill
Jesse B. Gill - 3 dager siden
I thought the same thing
Gunner070 - 3 dager siden
Possible hints to a new version of the "Reborn" project (might be far-fetched but enough dots connect to make me think it's possible) and Dark Troopers in the last scene! Watch, the "volunteer" ends up being the new version of Desann (or at least the same species) or Jerec or Tavion. I might be getting my hopes up too high but I smell a re-introduction of Kyle and Jan!
jaime torres
jaime torres - 3 dager siden
Drew - Dag siden
No one likes family guy bro
Gerardo Rodriguez
Gerardo Rodriguez - 3 dager siden
Now we’re getting somewhere of how Snoke was a clone of Palpatine
Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez - 3 dager siden
Is anyone else going to mention how hot, thick and busty Cara Dune is???
Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez - 2 dager siden
@Xlike a beast tf does that have to do with how she looks?
Xlike a beast
Xlike a beast - 2 dager siden
She's also a major conspiracy theorist. Hard pass.
wortelkip 77
wortelkip 77 - 3 dager siden
I think the experiment is to make snoke
And eventuly a new body for palpatine.
And in the last scene possible (dark troopers) that that is somthing moff gideon is working on in secret
yuvraj01 - 3 dager siden
Well quite literally they are "dark troopers", simply from their colour! And the fact that there aren't a few of them, clearly these are no regular storm troopers, but are being developed, along the lines of Universal Soldiers, ready to be unleashed when Gideon wants them..
Nick Scanlan
Nick Scanlan - 3 dager siden
Was it just me or was a bunch of the Storm Trooper dialogue really familiar? Like did they take it straight from the original trilogy?
516tigergirl - 3 dager siden
I have theory that “the volunteer” might be Finns parents (or grandparent, I don’t know how close this is to the sequel series). It makes sense if the volunteer is tied to Finn. For one thing, when we meet Finn in The Force Awakens, he’s a stormtrooper aka on the dark side. Then he rebeled and joined the Residences with Rey and Poe. The second evidence is it was confirmed that Finn is force senstive. It could because a relative of Finn’s volunteer to have Baby Yoda blood tested on them and now have Midi-chlorians in their blood. Then everything can just be genetics where Finn inherited those Midi-chlorians aka becoming force sentive.
Neb Milbourn
Neb Milbourn - 3 dager siden
Boba Fet is the volunteer!!! He was following Mando to collect the child himself. If he’s injected with the Midi-chlorians they can clone him again and have a whole new clone army of force weilders.
Ying-Ling - 13 timer siden
No lmao
Good Putin
Good Putin - 2 dager siden
Keith Talaga
Keith Talaga - 2 dager siden
I see 2 ways they can take the original donor story. 1. The easy way Anakin. the Darth Vader comic heavily suggest that the Emperor was trying to clone Anakin. 2. They could take a chance to finally bring a EU character back and have it be Mara Jade.
Dean Oosterhof
Dean Oosterhof - 3 dager siden
I think the same.. Like Jango in the prequels 😉
rtswift - 3 dager siden
I had to watch this video to ensure what I just saw in epsidoe 4. Mind blown
LooLeReX - 3 dager siden
When Mando, Greef and Cara were entering the school you could catch IG 11 statue in the background.
Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez - 3 dager siden
IG 11*
44 Magnum Games
44 Magnum Games - 3 dager siden
We was Jedi’s
thenorthwestface - 3 dager siden
betting “the volunteer” is ben solo/kylo ren
Reese X2
Reese X2 - 3 dager siden
Doubt that Kylo is ether not born yet or he just not even apart of the dark side
Rudy Aguilera
Rudy Aguilera - 3 dager siden
Maybe this volunteer is connect to rey
Kide Howard
Kide Howard - 3 dager siden
The blue guys name is a clear reference to guys missed that. Mythrol...Mithraw? That cant be a coincidence
Robert Wainwright
Robert Wainwright - 3 dager siden
The volunteer FennicChan?
Clan Van Der Linde
Clan Van Der Linde - 3 dager siden
The first order is in the unknown regions at this point. Moff Gideon is trying to make himself force sensitive or make those dark troopers force sensitive. There’s no point in trying to connect the Disney trilogy to this cause that’s just going to re open the divide.
jbiel - 3 dager siden
Which might lead to... Ashoka Vs Moff Gideon wielding the darksaber
Brandon Coomar
Brandon Coomar - 3 dager siden
The show is going to explain where the first order came from
Trell - 3 dager siden
They trying to clone Darth Vader
Darth Vader
Darth Vader - 3 dager siden
If this is all being done to help Palpatine regenerate, then why doesn't he just have Gideon or anybody take the child, deliver it to Exegol and then force drain it (just like he did in JJ's shitshow)? Why does he need to have all these doctors and clones when he can just have the child delivered?
Will - 3 dager siden
He can only drain diads in the force im pretty sure, at least that’s what they implied, because the connection is so strong
Darth Vader
Darth Vader - 3 dager siden
He is altering the story, pray he does not alter it any further..
Florian Ebner
Florian Ebner - 3 dager siden
Because A) they seemingly can’t capture the kid B) I’m not sure wether Gideon knows that palps is alive C) Palps only realised on EP9 that he can drain people.
ADITYA RAO - 3 dager siden
Shadow Troopers.
M4TTR4W3SOM3 - 3 dager siden
When the storm trooper fell down that hole his scream sounded similar to when the emperor fell down the hole
Krillinish2 - 3 dager siden
Have we just completely forgotten about Boba Fett or....
jbiel - 3 dager siden
@Drake Jones that would be so badass, having boba fett, Mando, bo katan, etc teaming up for the final battle
Drake Jones
Drake Jones - 3 dager siden
Some think he may team up with Mando cause he won't like the way the new empire is trying to use the cloning process given he's a clone himself
RHINOTIME117 - 3 dager siden
Just reminding me of how terrible the sequel trilogy is, too bad
Anmol Singh
Anmol Singh - 3 dager siden
It felt like we had lost any base leeft to argue with the marvel fans
THENEVERDEADIV - 3 dager siden
Phase 1 Dark Troopers.. but fortnight generation IGN wouldn't know anything about that even though a rendition of the phase 2 models were in starwars rebels. Im surprised that the host knows..About the only Host at IGN that knows anything
Jesse B. Gill
Jesse B. Gill - 3 dager siden
The guy who produces these videos knows his stuff too
Kevin Krame
Kevin Krame - 3 dager siden
Moff Gideon and his crew aren't really apart of the same splinter group that form the First Order, so I doubt they're doing anything setting up Snoke. But I like that his endgame is for him to be imbued with the Force himself via blood transfusion, because clearly that's how that works lol
Ian Bean
Ian Bean - 3 dager siden
Snoke was a strand cast. Not a clone. And that's not Snoke, he was made on Exegol.
jbiel - 3 dager siden
I'm really hoping this is the case and they don't tie Mando into the sequels
DarthMaster52 - 3 dager siden
thank you for clearing that upp ian
DarthMaster52 - 3 dager siden
@Blue Checkmark yeah i like the movie but he should have been his own guy and had palpatine be in his kyber crystal ring or something idk
Blue Checkmark
Blue Checkmark - 3 dager siden
Snoke clones were one of the stupidest ideas JJ Abrams came up with for Rise of Skywalker, and there was a lot of competition.
Booboo Tittleman
Booboo Tittleman - 3 dager siden
I love that this show is subtlety building The First Order. Secret bases, new tech, and Snokes (maybe even Palpatines?) in tubes. This show is a love letter to all three trilogies and I love it.
jbiel - 3 dager siden
@DarthMaster52 but I really don't think he wanted to do anything related to the sequels
DarthMaster52 - 3 dager siden
@Blue Checkmark cough cough clone wars did that for the prequels and with filoni by the wheel whatever he does will be great think about that
Booboo Tittleman
Booboo Tittleman - 3 dager siden
@Blue Checkmark They already made ‘Life Day’ canon in the first episode.
Blue Checkmark
Blue Checkmark - 3 dager siden
Trying to legitimize the stupidest film in all Star Wars history is a HORRIBLE idea.