Star Wars fans have always had their disagreements over that galaxy far, far away and its stories, though some of these have stood the test of time, resurfacing over and over whenever they get even the most minute acknowledgment. Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, meanwhile, has just paid homage to one of the big ones, and it might be enough to reignite the fan debate once again.
When Mando returned from his dragon hunt in Mos Pelgo, he entered the same cantina that Ben Kenobi and Luke went to all those years ago. The two hired the services of Han Solo and his ship, the Millennium Falcon, but before they had the chance to properly introduce themselves, the scruffy-looking nerf herder settled a beef with Greedo.
In the original version of A New Hope, Han shoots the alien first, but George Lucas, known for making adjustments and edits to later releases of the Original Trilogy, thought that the scene doesn’t portray the character as a hero of the Rebellion. As such, he changed it to make it seem like Greedo shot Han first and then he reacted, spawning the endless Star Wars debate of “who shot first?”
Now, fans have noticed that concept art from the credits sequence of this week’s Mandalorian episode paid homage to the infamous scene, as you can see below.
The art in question shows the mechanic Peli Motto sitting where the smuggler sat 9 years before. And if you look closely, the wall behind her even has Greedo’s blaster scorch mark from when he shot Han, so it’s unquestionably the same spot.
It’s a tongue-in-cheek callback, so far as references go, but the past couple of episodes of The Mandalorian have contained a ton of Easter Eggs for diehard fans and it’s safe to say we’re bound to find many more in the upcoming weeks as the show builds up to its climactic finale for season 2.