There is little doubt that the final episode of The Mandalorian Season 1 was a true masterpiece. However, director Taika Waititi has just admitted that working on the season finale was stressful because of the surprise scene that Star Wars fans have been waiting for from the start.
Waititi was one of the creative minds who took part in a virtual panel at the ATX Television Festival where he discussed working on the episode Chapter 8: Redemption (via The Hollywood Reporter). Interestingly, the Thor: Ragnarok director revealed that it was difficult to film the scene where Din Djarin's helmet is finally removed for the first time in the series.
"That was a particularly stressful day," Waititi said. "I remember there were the Stormtroopers all over the place, we were trying to have the place on fire, or look like it was on fire. There were so many characters and so many things that were happening all at once in that particular moment."
But why was it so hard to work on what seems like an easy scene? Waititi stated that it had a lot to do with the idea that this was the first time that Djarin's identity would be revealed.
"It really struck me for that moment, that we hadn't seen the main character's face this entire time. And you're managing to create and establish an emotional bond between this character and the baby, and maybe that is actually what makes it so great and such an achievement, is to be able to believe in their relationship and to believe that this character cares for this baby," he said.
Of course, the removal of the helmet was necessary in order for IG-11 to help Djarin even if it was against the Mandalorian code. In addition to that, it was also the first time it would be confirmed that yes, Pedro Pascal plays the character. Either way, we're glad that Waititi was able to successfully film the scene that would become an important moment in the series.
The Mandalorian Season 2 is expected to premiere on Disney+ in October.