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Easter Eggs, References, and Trivia Facts in ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Chapter 19

By George Bate & Josh Bate

Mando and Grogu took a back seat for the latest chapter in Season 3 of The Mandalorian. Below are all of the easter eggs, references, and trivia facts we noticed in Chapter 19: The Convert.

TIE Interceptors attack Bo-Katan and Din Djarin at the start of Chapter 19. TIE Interceptors were first seen in Return of the Jedi.

Din Djarin pilots his N-1 starfighter vertically before reaching a peak and then floating back down. This is similar to imagery from Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), although the parallel may not be intentional.

We had a social media post recently asking fans what they think Grogu’s first words will be. It looks like Kelly Knox (may have) hit the nail on the head. Bo-Katan and Din both say, “This is the way” and then Grogu babbles four syllables. Were these Grogu’s first words?

Coruscant features prominently in Chapter 19. This was the galactic capital during the time of the Republic, was first seen in live-action in The Phantom Menace, and was first named in Timothy Zahn’s classic Legends novel Heir to the Empire.

Imagery of Coruscant in Chapter 19 directly evokes some of Ralph McQuarrie’s Return of the Jedi concept art for what would later become Coruscant.

Dr. Pershing speaks to a crowd in the Galaxies Opera House, the same place that Palpatine told Anakin the tragedy of Darth Plageuis the Wise in Revenge of the Sith

Dr. Pershing’s speech reveals some of what he and Moff Gideon were up to in the past seasons of The Mandalorian. Pershing makes mention of Kaminoan cloning technology, which dates back to Attack of the Clones and now plays a substantial role in The Bad Batch

The taxi droid speaking to Dr. Pershing mentions the Skydome Botanical Gardens as a sight to check out on Coruscant. The Skydome Botanical Gardens featured in the Legends novel Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson.

A former Imperial officer who received amnesty from the New Republic makes mention of Moff Gideon facing the New Republic War Tribunal for his contributions to the Empire. The tribunal first featured in Legends and was mentioned in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt.

The communications officer played by Katy O’Brian is now given a name – Elia Kane. O’Brian most recently appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as Jentorra.

Travel biscuits previously appeared in Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided and the Legends novel The New Jedi Order: Balance Point by Kathy Tyers.

A rendition of John Williams’ “March of the Resistance” theme from the sequel trilogy can be heard in the background of the Coruscant carnival Pershing and Kane visit.

Cinematographer Dean Cundey makes a cameo appearance at the Coruscant carnival. Cundey served as cinematographer for episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, and is also known for his iconic work on Halloween, The Thing, and Back to the Future.

Dr. Pershing and Elia Kane visit Umate, the highest mountain in Coruscant. This location is where Chancellor Lina Soh visits in Charles Soule’s novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi.

The droid interviewing Dr. Pershing makes mention of the Coruscant Accords. These were guidelines worlds needed to adhere to in order to join the Old Republic in previous Legends stories.

Dr. Pershing is punished for his treachery with a Mind Flayer. Fans of Dungeons & Dragons or Stranger Things may recognize this name.

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