When Giancarlo Esposito isn't busy playing chicken-selling, crystal meth kingpin Gus Fring on AMC's Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, he's spending time in Disney+'s Star Wars universe hunting Baby Yoda as Moff Gideon during the first season of The Mandalorian. Now with the second season set for October 2020, viewers are expecting the Darksaber-wielder to continue playing the villain role – but not so fast: Esposito thinks there might be a change coming in the near future.
Here's a look at what the actor had to say earlier this month at Fan Expo Vancouver 2020, where he makes the case that Gideon's "bigger picture" vision makes him ripe for a turn towards the light:
"I love the villains because they could possibly be redeemed as really being good human beings. Moff Gideon is someone who is basically a warden of one of the planets, or one of the galaxies, that are given to Moffs to oversee so that people don't overrun and take people out. He's sort of a warden. But Moff Gideon, my Moff, is the top warden. So he could be there to change things for the better.
Even though he's not approved by everyone, they will see him having done so. So I love the villain, because there's room to grow. There's room for the dark to come to the light, and I love that people love the villains, because villains can be redeemed. There's something that they really want, and I think Moff Gideon, in the end, wants to see our universe survive."
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. "The Mandalorian" is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the drama from showrunner Jon Favreau (The Lion King) and Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, and Mark Boone Jr. star.