‘The Mandalorian’ Season Finale Scores Perfect 100 Percent Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Everyone loves “Baby Yoda.”


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been in theaters for more than a week. While it’s doing pretty well overall, critical and fan reactions have admittedly been mixed. That’s not the case with Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian.

The show—which stars Pedro Pascal as the title character and is about the adventures of a mysterious bounty hunter—just wrapped its inaugural season. The verdict is in via review aggregation sites like Rotten Tomatoes: Nearly everyone loved it


Mandalorian‘s overall rating on Rotten Tomatoes is an impressive 94 percent as of December 30, 2019, and the 8th episode and season finale was scored a rare “100% Fresh” on the “Tomatometer.” 

To be clear, that just doesn’t happen much when it comes to things Star Wars. That’s been the case since A New Hope first premiered in 1977—the fandom is just so huge that widespread agreement seems almost mathematically impossible. 

But read just a few quotes about the season finale from critics quoted on rottentomatoes.com and you see that this Jon Favreau-created series is knocking it out of the park:

  • “Tears, cheers, shock, and awe. The season finale of The Mandalorian had all that and more, resulting in almost certainly the show’s best episode.” — io9
  • “A solid end of the decade palette cleanser that has me excited about 2020 with the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and Season 2 of this amazing and terrific show.” — Critic Jeffrey Lyles
  • “Will we ever see Pedro Pascal’s face again? With any luck, we’ll have all these questions answered in season 2.” — Entertainment Weekly
  • “What a reassuring feeling it is, isn’t it, to be thrilled by the conclusion of a Star Wars story.” — Rolling Stone

And so on


We have no doubts about the viability of just about any Star Wars story that hits the big or small screen. Only Solo, the misbegotten Han Solo prequel, has ever done poorly across the board—box office as well as critical response. 

That said, while the storytelling in The Mandalorian is clearly top-notch, we have to believe a lot of credit for this show becoming yet another beloved and memorable installment in the saga is due to “Baby Yoda.”

Not actually Yoda himself but a member of the tiny Jedi master’s race, from the moment this adorable character appeared on screen, even the most cynical Star Wars fans found themselves hooked. That’s why you never stop seeing the little creature’s crazy-cute face popping up in your social media feeds. 

We won’t take the credit all away from Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal, or director of the moment Taika Waititi, who has received much of the credit for nailing it with the last show of this run—there’s no such thing as a small production when you’re telling a Star Wars story, and it looks like everything is going right with this one. 

If people could stand in an actual line to wait for season two, it sounds like they would. Unfortunately, that won’t be available—as Favreau confirmed in the tweet above—till 2020.

All episodes of Star Wars: The Mandalorian are currently available for streaming on Disney+.