The events of the season 3 finale of The Mandalorian allowed us to see an epic battle between the Mandalorians and the Imperial remnants under the command of Moff Gideon. However, it was during the battle involving the trio of Din Djarin, Bo-Katan, and Grogu that Gideon was finally defeated. He died in the explosion resulting from Axe Woves crashing the light cruiser down on the Imperial base. But is Moff Gideon really dead?
It is unlikely that Moff Gideon survived the explosion that happened when the light cruiser crashed on the Imperial base. As strong as his Beskar armor may be, he wasn’t strong enough to be able to withstand the crash of a light cruiser. That is why it is unlikely that he will return in season 4.
Moff Gideon’s death was the ultimate redemption for the Mandalorians because it was his death that allowed them to finally be able to reclaim their home and exorcise the Imperial demons responsible for taking Mandalore from them. As such, Gideon’s death also represents a new chapter for the Mandalorians. Now, with that said, let’s look at whether or not he may return in the future.
Could Moff Gideon Still Be Alive?
When it was revealed that Moff Gideon escaped from the New Republic, it became apparent that he would still be a threat to the Mandalorians, especially because he would want to take revenge on Din Djarin for what he did to him at the end of the season 2. Then, in episode 7 of season 3, we saw how Gideon made Mandalore his base and how he used the planet’s resources to create a powerful army of Beskar-clad troopers. He also developed next-gen Dark Trooper armor that allowed him to become stronger.
The Mandalorians have a score to settle with Gideon because he was the one that ordered the destruction of the planet during the reign of the Empire. As such, it was only right for them to finally have an all-out battle with him, especially now that Mandalore was involved in the equation. And this battle took place during the finale of The Mandalorian season 3.
After escaping from the troopers that took him away during the final part of episode 7, Din made his way to Gideon while allowing Grogu to tag along because they also had a score to settle with him. They found his command center and eventually destroyed his clones. And that was when a battle between the two rivals commenced.
But because Gideon’s armor was so strong and due to the interference of the red-clad Praetorian Guard, Din struggled against Gideon and left Bo-Katan to try to deal with him. Kryze also struggled against him and even lost the Darksaber in their fight after Gideon destroyed it. But Din and Grogu evened things out by working together with Bo-Katan to disarm Gideon.
Axe Woves, who piloted the light cruiser that the Mandalorians boarded to get to Mandalore, crashed into the Imperial base on Mandalore to take two birds with one stone. All the other Mandalorians could escape the base before Axe crashed the cruiser. However, the Din, Grogu, and Bo-Katan trio were still busy with the Moff as the cruiser crashed behind Gideon and killed him in the explosion.
The explosion was strong enough to take out nearly the entire base while presumably vaporizing Gideon in the process, especially because he was so close to the explosion’s epicenter. The only reason why Din Djarin and Bo-Katan survived was that Grogu could conjure up a Force barrier that protected them from the explosion. Otherwise, they would have easily been killed as well.
As strong as Moff Gideon’s armor was, there was no way that it was also built to handle the explosion of a light cruiser crashing just behind him. Tanking hits from a blaster and the Darksaber is one thing, but surviving that explosion is another entirely different thing. Of course, even if he survived, the Mandalorians would have found him unconscious nearby.
Why Moff Gideon Is Unlikely to Return
Of course, while we do believe that Gideon is already dead, there are also other reasons why we believe it is unlikely for him to ever return in the storyline of The Mandalorian. This chapter involving him and his history with the Mandalorians is already closed, especially after the Mandalorians recovered Mandalore again. And allowing Gideon to return for some odd reason would only complicate things and render the entire season 3 arc useless.
There’s also the fact that we know that there’s a bigger threat looming over the horizon. In his meeting with the Shadow Council, Moff Gideon tried to usurp the leadership role by telling his fellow council members that Grand Admiral Thrawn was nowhere to be found and was no longer the leader they should look up to.
The fact that Gideon is now out of the picture would allow Thrawn to rise up to the leadership role of the Shadow Council unchallenged. Allowing Gideon to miraculously return from the dead or survive the events of season 3 would only complicate matters regarding him, the council, and Thrawn.
We also know that a movie will wrap up the events of the Mando-verse, which includes The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka. As such, the big villain in this movie will likely be Grand Admiral Thrawn, who will probably survive the events of the Ahsoka series and will become a looming threat to the entire New Republic and the people living in what seems to be a peaceful era in the history of the galaxy.
So, if Gideon were to return, there would be no more room for him to take up now that someone like Thrawn is set to be the bigger threat that the Mandalorians and the other characters will have to deal with.
As such, season 3 was the final nail in the coffin of Moff Gideon. Allowing him to stay dead would allow the Mandalorians to move on to the next chapter in their lives and to deal with an even bigger threat like Thrawn. After all, in the season 3 finale, Din Djarin and Grogu proposed a deal with Carson Teva to act as an independent contractor for the New Republic Defense Fleet, especially when it involved Imperial remnants. This would allow Din and Grogu to clash with Thrawn somewhere down the line after moving on from the Gideon chapter in their life.