We all know the great lengths Star Wars goes to protect big reveals, but this is something else.
Speaking on the Schmoedown Entertainment Network’s Sith Council, Bo Katan actress Katee Sackhoff revealed she didn’t know the identity of the Jedi that would appear in The Mandalorian season finale until the episode aired on Disney+.
“I didn’t know until I saw it with you guys. I didn’t know! They didn’t tell us [who it was]. There was an actor there with dots on his face. I mean, [I] kind of [put it together], but at the same time I thought to myself, ‘They would’ve let us know that.’”
Sackhoff continued that they were even told the Jedi’s identity was someone other than Luke, but couldn’t recall specifically which fake name they were given
“They said, who did they say it was? I think Robin (Chow) knew who they said it was. But it was a complete red herring. So we didn’t know. I knew it was a Jedi. I knew it was an X-Wing. So you start to put things together, but you don’t know.”
Way back in 1980 when Empire Strikes Back hit theaters, the massive “No, I am your father” twist came as a shock to not just fans but cast members too. Mark Hamill has spoken about how the original line was recorded as “Obi-Wan killed your father” and was changed in post-production to keep the twist secret. Even Harrison Ford, arguably the biggest name in that flick at the time, was unaware of the Darth Vader lineage.