This story contains light spoilers for the new episode of The MandalorianA special easter egg is found in the final episode of The Mandalorian With one actor from the prequel trilogy taking on a new role. Actor Ahmed Best is a well known person star Wars Fans to portray the controversial star Wars Trilogy pre-made character Jar Jar Binks, a character who has only since reappeared in anime and video games. Best’s appearance comes as a surprise, as his participation in the show was not announced prior to the episode’s arrival on Disney+.
You better not play Jar Jar in The Mandalorian, instead of taking on an entirely new character, so some fans watching may not relate that this is the same actor. In any case, Season 3’s fourth episode, “The Foundling,” offers the best flashback scene in which the clones betray the Jedi. Best shown briefly is Jedi Knight Kelleran, a key role since he’s the one who manages to save Grogu from certain doom. The scene ends with Kelleran and Grogu escaping, but it is not yet clear if Best will appear in more flashback scenes in the role in future episodes.
Per Variety, Best has actually played the character Kelleran before, but in a somewhat ambiguous way. He first appears as a Jedi Knight in the 2020 web series Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challengea children’s game show that follows young contestants vying for the title of Jedi Knights.
Will Ahmed return as Jar Jar Binks?
Given his turbulent history, it’s not clear if Jar Jar will return for more live-action projects. The character Jar Jar Binks was not well received when Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace And its sequels were released, making it light. At the time, the character came under heavy criticism from people at star Wars fan base, making poor Jar Jar easily one of the most hated characters in the franchise. But it seems that the hatred has subsided in recent years, and the return of the character in a new series or movie is not impossible. Best said in 2020 is that he will return to the role of Jar Jar, despite the backlash the actor has faced in previous years.
“I’ll be back as Jar Jar Binks, but it really depends on the story,” Best wrote on Twitter at the time, though the tweet (and his account) have since been deleted.
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