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IG-11 Was In The Mandalorian's Latest Episode And Nobody Noticed

Contains spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4 — "Chapter 12: The Siege"

Everyone's favorite assassin-turned-nurse-droid has returned ... sort of.

In the latest episode of The Mandalorian, entitled "The Siege," Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and the Child (aka Baby Yoda) return to Nevarro, intent on getting more adequate repairs done on the damaged Razor Crest. When they arrive, they're surprised to see the planet looks different from when they last left it.

"Things have changed a lot around here," Cara Dune (Gina Carano) tells them. The planet appears cleaner and less lawless thanks to Cara and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), each respectively acting as the Marshal and Magistrate on Nevarro. In addition to building a new school, the two have added many elements to make the planet a more scenic and bustling place.

One of those new elements is a statue paying tribute to IG-11, the nurse and protector droid who sacrificed himself in the Mandalorianseason 1 finale to save our heroes from an ambush of stormtroopers. The statue shows up only briefly in the background as Din enters the school, and unless you were watching very closely, you likely never noticed it.

IG-11 is a fan-favorite who deserves his statue

Voiced by writer-director Taika Waititi, IG-11 quickly became a fan-favorite character in the first season of The Mandalorian, being praised by critics as a scene-stealer and even being ranked as one of the most iconic Star Wars droids.

IG-11 has had one of the more complex character arcs in the show, as we first meet the droid when he's assigned to capture and terminate the Child in the show's premiere episode. When he and Din first cross paths, they team up to fight enemies guarding the Child. When they succeed, after various attempts to initiate his self-destruct mechanism to avoid falling into enemy hands, IG-11 is shot and killed by Din to protect the Child.

But the bounty droid gained new life and a new protocol from the Ugnaught Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte), who programmed the assassin to perform domestic tasks, including cooking and feeding the blurrgs. Eventually, IG-11 is programmed to nurse and protect the Child. And in the end, the droid originally designed to kill the Child sacrifices himself for the tiny creature.

Considering how much fans, critics, and the show's characters love IG-11, it's no wonder he got himself a statue in The Mandalorian season 2.