Delicious Imperial Leftovers

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By Brad Gullickson

Star Wars Explained is our ongoing series where we delve into the latest Star Wars shows, movies, trailers, and news stories to divine the franchise’s future. This entry examines The Bad Batch season two finale, “Plan 99,” and why its bummer ending totally aligns with its franchise mission statement.

After weeks of teasing, Moff Gideon reveals himself. Not only that, The Mandalorian Chapter 23, entitled “The Spies,” does more in its runtime to define Imperial rule post-Return of the Jedi than any other episode that has come before. Previously, we’ve speculated how Gideon may be in cahoots with Grand Admiral Thrawn, the recently announced big bad for Ahsoka, but now we understand the divide running through the Emperor’s leftovers.

The Mandalorian Chapter 23 opens with double agent Ella Kane sending word to her master via probe droid. She informs Gideon that their assault on Nevarro via Pirate King Gorian Shard failed, with various Mandalorian factions coming together for the rescue. Gideon is somewhat surprised regarding the union between Bo-Katan Kryze’s soldiers and the Armorer’s zealots, but his concerns are a touch more immediate. He has a Shadow Council to attend, and gosh, it’s filled with a bunch of brown-nosing narcissists. A few of which hold serious significance within the canon…

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