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The Mandalorian season 2 finale’s major Star Wars return was ruined by a soundtrack leak

The Mandalorian Luke Skywalker
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The Mandalorian season 2, episode 8 had one hell of a surprise in store for Star Wars fans. No spoilers up front but, if you've seen it, you'll know all about the finale's big cameo. We sensed a disturbance in the Force before then, however. One eagle-eyed fan actually leaked it in advance... thanks to an app you've probably used every week for years.

Spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 finale follow.

As spotted by the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, a John Williams fan forum member (who has previously correctly leaked Mandalorian season 2 soundtrack titles) uncovered the remaining songs from Chapters 13-16 via the Shazam database.

  • Capture the Flag
  • Ahsoka Lives
  • Activated
  • A Mandalorian and a Jedi
  • The Sword
  • A Friend
  • Open the Door
  • The Seeing Stone
  • Rest in Peace
  • The Sorcerer
  • Brown Eyes
  • The Story
  • Troopers
  • Come with Me
  • The Armor
  • Invaders on Their Land

At the time, we knew that four of those tracks had not debuted on the show – "The Sword", "Troopers", "A Friend", "Open the Door", and "Come With Me" – and were bound to drop in Chapter 16. 

It's “Come With Me”, a significant callback to Star Wars history, that proved to be the biggest clue to that return. 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker pleaded with his father, Darth Vader, to leave the Empire and join him during the final act of Return of the Jedi. “Come with me,” Luke says. Now, Luke has taken Grogu away for training with a track titled exactly that.

A Luke Skywalker reference was a surprise indeed, and one that actually tipped us off to the return of Mark Hamill's legendary Jedi Master. And it's all thanks to Shazam (the app, not the genie).

For more on the finale's biggest moments, check out our breakdown of The Mandalorian season 2 ending, as well as a look to the future with a guide to The Mandalorian season 3.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.