Star Wars: The Mandalorian used axed Empire Strikes Back creatures in latest episode

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Star Wars has returned to screens for the first time since The Rise of Skywalker last year. While a new film in the Disney franchise has not been confirmed just yet, fans have been enjoying the second season of The Mandalorian, which just started on Disney Plus. The first episode in the season kicked off Mando’s (played by Pedro Pascal) struggle to bring The Child (otherwise known as Baby Yoda) to his people. This week’s episode saw Mando couriering a frog lady and her spawn to her husband – but not before meeting some issues along the way.

After narrowly escaping a pair of Rebellion fleet fighters, Mando found himself stranded on an ice planet.

The bounty hunter set to repair the damage on his ship, the Razor Crest, which was sustained upon landing – but he didn’t realise the frog lady wandered off.

After finding her in a hot spring the pair were attacked by a swarm of horrific-looking spider creatures.

To make matters worse, an enormous version of the creature then attacked, forcing Mando to make an unlikely friendship to get out alive.

The Mandalorian almost always includes some easter eggs for fans of the Star Wars films, and this week was no different.

The spiders that attacked Mando were actually first thought up for the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.

Concept art designed by Ralph McQuarrie showed off Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) discovering this spider creature laying eggs on the swamp planet of Dagobah.

This scene was originally supposed to take place when Luke first arrived on Dagobah in search for Master Yoda.


Horrifying as they are, the creatures were never given a real name, and were simply referred to as knobby white spider.

The scene was actually scrapped before production of Empire Strikes Back began, so fans never saw the haunting spider creature on screen – until now.

So then, this episode of the show actually connects to the first time cinema-goers ever saw Yoda on screen.

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Earlier in the season Return of the Jedi was continued in an enormous way, as Marshal Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant) was found wearing Boba Fett’s armour.

Boba Fett famously died in Return of the Jedi during the attack on Jabba the Hutt by Luke Skywalker, while he was attempting to save Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

However the final moments of the episode showed that Boba Fett was actually alive and well, and still played by Temuera Morrison.

Morrison first arrived on the scene playing Jango Fett in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, where he was shown off as the original Mandalorian behind the Jedi’s clone army.

Jango claimed one clone for himself – Boba – who went on to become the feared bounty hunter, as seen in Return of the Jedi.

Morrison has also maintained a prevalent spot in the Star Wars mythos, as he played as various clone warrior throughout the Star Wars: The Clone Wars franchise.

Included in this series, Morrison played commander Cody, and Rex.

The Star Wars films, and The Mandalorian, can be watched on Disney Plus now.

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