"The Mandalorian": Giancarlo Esposito Talks Season 1 Finale, Joining "Star Wars" Universe

One of the biggest threats to emerge in The Mandalorian's first season is the emergence of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). During the Better Call Saul panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter meetings, Esposito talked about the future of the character heading to next season: "[My role] is growing. Yes, I do. I most certainly do."

"The Mandalorian": Giancarlo Esposito Talks Season 1 Finale, Joining "Star Wars" Universe

Esposito on Joining "Star Wars" Universe

Esposito provided scant details about The Mandalorian's second season. The 61-year old actor talked about what it means to be a part of the Star Wars franchise.

"It's been exciting to be a part of that project because of the iconic nature of it, but even more so, because it has returned me to the Star Wars that I loved. I saw the first few movies and dropped away because it became more and more in a different vein than what I wanted to be in, but this is the true space western. It gives you room and space and each one is a little bit of a film.

So you're able to tell a story visually and it returns to the original guts of mythology based deeply rooted in Joe Campbell's mythology which George Lucas was so fond of and which is why he was inclusive of that mythology in Star Wars so I'm pleased to be a part of that."

Esposito spoke fondly of working with Taika Waititi when he directed The Mandalorian season finale "Redemption."

"I love Taika. He's an interesting guy to get to know. He seems to be in his own world creatively. He's able to share enough of that world with you to tell you what he wants but what a creative artist and genius he is. A very different and odd human being but aren't we all as creative artists? So I have great stories about Taika."

Breaking Down Final Scenes of "The Mandalorian" s01 Finale

Esposito broke down the climactic scene involving his TIE fighter in The Mandalorian season finale. He also talked about closing the season with the darksaber in hand while emerging from the wreckage.

"I'm climbing up on top of my TIE Fighter and Taika's looking visually at what it is.He comes to me and I climb down. We're in this big room and nothing's really there and the sky is moving. It's the volume [the space where they film The Mandalorian] and I have my saber. Taika says, 'Give me that, give me that.' I gave him the saber and all of a sudden he starts moving his feet in all these different ways and he's like, 'It's really good, it's really good.'

And I'm [saying], 'Yeah, but.' He's looking down at his feet and he's like, 'Maybe your feet, it's the feet. It's the feet thing.' I said, 'What's bugging you about the way my feet are? I'm on a fucking globe 30 feet in the fucking sky.' So I said, 'Give me back the saber.' I climb back up and I'm like, 'Do the feet look better this way?' Something about my feet bugged him the way they were. He's that meticulous. I said, 'Taika, if they're looking at my fucking feet, they're not looking at my face.' He's an interesting guy. I like him a lot."

"The Mandalorian": Giancarlo Esposito Talks Season 1 Finale, Joining "Star Wars" Universe

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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