The second season of “The Mandalorian” has recently ended, which means that we again saw the main villain of the series in all its glory, and he did not disappoint. Moff Gideon has appeared as a cameo character in other episodes, but the main dramatic confrontation occurred in the final episode, once again emphasizing that this character, played by Giancarlo Esposito, is the ideal villain of the Star Wars universe.
Warning, this content contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2!
Any good villain in a galaxy far away needs an equally cunning plan, and in Season 2 we saw that Moff Gideon has a strategic mindset. He is able to take into account various options for the development of events, and his desire to get the baby Grogu made him a dangerous enemy for the protagonist. However, this is only the first layer. The means to an end is his desire to reclaim the power of the Empire, making Gideon a threat to the entire galaxy.
For most of the season, we’ve seen Moff Gideon plotting his plans and pulling at various strings, thus pointing out the direction of the series, but not revealing details. But the most important thing is that his schemes and aspirations are simple in their essence, thanks to which we, the viewers, develop a dislike for his “everyday evil”. Just like it was with Emperor Palpatine. Moff Gideon is a bad person who longs to realize his ideas even if it leads to the suffering of the innocent, which is why it is so nice to watch his failure.
On the other hand, one cannot deny his aspiration, ambition and confidence. To some extent, he may even start to like him, not as a villain, but for individual features. Even if in the end they play a cruel joke with him, he underestimates his opponents.
Moff Gideon also loves to talk. Not only does he discuss his evil plans with his subordinates, but in the season finale, we see that Gideon knows when he lost a round. True, he immediately makes a mistake when he convinces the Mandalorian to take Grog and immediately attacks with a Dark Sword. The way he almost managed to avoid a fight with an enemy who has every reason to want him dead is a great example of why people followed him. And when he almost initiated the fight between the Mandalorian and Bo-Katan, it only emphasized Moff’s ability to understand enemies and press their “buttons” with them. So we are not just told that Gideon is a master of manipulation, we see him in action.
Another trait that makes Moff Gideon worthy of being in the pantheon of the best villains in Star Wars is his possession of the Dark Sword. He manages to successfully resist the Mandalorian, although in the end the protagonist wins – for all the charm of the Dark Sword, beskar, Dean’s tricks and his desire to help him gain the upper hand. But that in itself showed that Gideon was ready to fight. And when, being handcuffed, he grabs a blaster, it becomes clear that with this villain it is necessary to be on the alert, he will take every opportunity to get out of the water.
The most impressive quality of Moff Gideon is his self-confidence. He knows that he is mortal, but while he is alive, he is able to influence the development and outcome of events. Captured and surrounded by enemies, he does not beg for mercy. Moff is calm and creates dangerous tension between allies in a matter of minutes. If Luke Skywalker had not appeared on the scene, having finished with the Dark Troopers, Gideon could have killed two birds with one stone.
Moff Gideon looks like a snake crossed with a spider. On the one hand, we understand his actions, on the other, we cannot predict how and what he will do. He not only enjoys what he does, but he also does not give up when he loses the battle. It is unlikely that after all the events, Gideon will remain imprisoned by the New Republic for long. Moreover, so far we have not seen the result of his laboratory experiments. And that potential only fuels interest in Moff’s next steps. Regardless of whether he appears as a fighter, strategist or dictator, it will be interesting to watch his villainous machinations.