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The Mandalorian S3: How George Lucas' 'Poetry' Quote Could Hint At The Finale

Contains spoilers for The Mandalorian, Season 3, Episode 7 — "Chapter: 23 The Spies"

Long ago, legendary filmmaker George Lucas revealed his simple recipe for success for "Star Wars." "It's like poetry so that they rhyme. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one," the director said while developing the prequel trilogy. 

With "The Mandalorian" one week away from its Season 3 finale, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have masterfully set the stage for the Disney+ series to follow in Lucas's footsteps. "Chapter 23" saw the united Mandalorians fight against the Empire to reclaim Mandalore, with Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) capturing Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). Based on Lucas's rule of rhymes, the opportunity is there for the Season 3 finale to mirror Season 2's epic conclusion. 

Season 2 ended with Din risking life and limb to get Grogu back from Gideon, and now the little bundle of joy has the chance to rescue his father from the Moff's clutches with the help of his IG-12 suit of armor. To make "The Mandalorian" Season 3's ending even more poetic, Grogu's use of IG-12 brings the droid's story full circle, as IG-11 protected him in Season 1's finale, and his body will undoubtedly continue defending Grogu in the Season 3 finale. Favreau and Filoni have proved time and time again they are students of Lucas's teachings, and "The Mandalorian" season finale could cement that with a simple rhyme.

Times that Star Wars has showcased Lucas's rule of rhymes

With George Lucas's idea of "rhyming" in mind, the mirroring found throughout "Star Wars" becomes abundantly clear. The original and prequel trilogies share countless similarities as they depict the rises of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Both characters grow up in the dunes of Tatooine, where they come under the tutelage of Obi-Wan Kenobi, learning the ways of the Force.

In "A New Hope," Darth Vader kills Ben Kenobi, with Luke watching helplessly. In "A Phantom Menace," Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon, with Obi-Wan unable to save his master. Both films also end with a large ceremony celebrating the galaxy's heroes. The poetry continues into "Empire Strikes Back" and "Attack of the Clones," with Anakin and Luke losing their hands in the sequels. The original trilogy also introduces Boba Fett, while the prequels bring in his father, Jango Fett. In arguably the best example of poetry in the series, Luke takes off Vader's helmet in "Return of the Jedi," completing his transformation back to Anakin. In "Revenge of the Sith," Anakin dons Vader's iconic helmet, becoming the legendary Sith lord.

There are countless more examples of the poetry in "Star Wars," with even more arising as the franchise grows larger and larger. "The Mandalorian" wrapping up Season 3 with Grogu rescuing Din Djarin seems inevitable and kind of comes off as a rite of passage.