Moff Gideon, leader of a remnant of the fallen Galactic Empire, has caused nothing but trouble for the Mandalorian and his companion Grogu. Giancarlo Esposito, who portrays Gideon in The Mandalorian, embodies the character with a ruthless and menacing demeanor that only Esposito could perfect. In the show, the imperial officer relentlessly pursues Grogu, known as Baby Yoda, a highly force-sensitive being that could pose a significant threat as he grows older.
Throughout the first two seasons, Gideon’s goal is to deliver Grogu to Dr. Pershing, played by Omid Abtahi, to experiment on the child with the hope of transferring his force sensitivity to the Empire. His objective is nearly complete in the final episodes of Season 2, as Moff Gideon has Grogu in his possession. However, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) prevents the officer’s plans, freeing the child from the grasp of the Galactic Empire. At the end of the second season, Gideon is at the mercy of the New Republic and will be transported to a prison where the Imperial will desperately search for a way out. Right now, Esposito assumes his character is awaiting trial and expects to pay for his crimes, based on dialogue from The Book of Boba Fett.
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In an interview with Steele Wars during Star Wars Celebration, Esposito shared his thoughts on the mindset of Moff Gideon, CBR reports. Although Gideon may be captured, for now, his master plan has yet to be fully realized.
“[Gideon] has an agenda all his own. He’s been a warden of a certain part of the galaxy. He wants to bring all the other wardens together for what reason? Why can’t he just live in peace in his own little piece of paradise? There’s gotta be a reason that he’s bringing all of them together because he must have an agenda of his own.”
We’ve yet to see what this agenda will be; however, depending on the character’s fate in Season 3, we may see his plans come to fruition.
Giancarlo Esposito is Synonymous With the Villain Role
Esposito’s role as Moff Gideon isn’t the first time the actor has played the primary antagonist in a series. Most fans know him as Gus Fring, the Chilean restaurant entrepreneur/drug lord from Breaking Bad and the prequel series Better Call Saul. Fring is a merciless leader in the shows, going so far as to threaten children’s lives if he is unable to get what he wants. In the same interview with Steele Wars, CBR reported his thoughts on which of his characters is genuinely the evilest villain.
“I think that Gus is, in his own way, not a victim. Although in this sixth season of Better Call Saul you see his vulnerability and you see that he is threatened. So he is just trying to survive. I think Moff Gideon is doing more than surviving: he’s bait-and switching. Right?”
You can catch both Fring and Gideon on the small screen, with The Mandalorian Season 3 arriving on Disney+ in Feb. 2023 and the final season of Better Call Saul premiering on AMC on July 11th.