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Lucasfilm Art Director Phil Szostak Provides New Details on The Mandalorian’s Krayt Dragon

Following the release of the first episode of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm Creative Art Director Phil Szostak has revealed new details about the episode’s fearsome monster, the Krayt Dragon.

Szostak took to Twitter, where he engaged in an impromptu question-and-answer session after sharing the early artistic concepts of the Krayt Dragon from Lucasfilm Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang.

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Chiang previously revealed the concept art on his Instagram page where he wrote, “The Mighty Krayt Dragon from The Mandalorian! Early conception almost a year ago. I had a great time on this one! ”

After sharing concept art, Szostak went on to ask a number of fan questions about the Krayt dragon.

In response to a question, he revealed that the Krayt Dragon was one of the first things the team designed for Season 2, and in fact revealed that the design was made “in January 2019”.

Responding to another user, Szostak revealed that the design was influenced by Terryl Whitlatch’s designs from The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.

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Szostak said: “It does and looking for that kind of reference and passing it on to the designers is a big part of my job. Terryl worked closely with Doug on the prequels and his work had a big influence on Chapter 9. ”

A user asked about the Krayt dragon bones seen around the start of the original Star Wars movie. Szostak claims that these bones come from a “young Krayt dragon”.

He doubled down on the fact that the skeleton was a young Krayt dragon in a later tweet.

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Szostak wrote: “The Diplodocus skeleton from the 1975 Disney comedy One of our missing dinosaurs was taken to the Tunisian desert by the crew of A New Hope, this film marking the dragon Krayt’s first live appearance. in the form of a juvenile skeleton, at least. “

Szostak went on to claim that these bones also influenced the design of the Krayt dragon seen in Chapter 9 of The Mandalorian.

He wrote: “We definitely kept the Krayt dragon bones seen in Ep4 in mind when designing the Krayt for Mando. We also took a look at tons of dragons throughout movie history both to see what worked and what didn’t and to make sure we were doing something new.

As an extension of that statement, Szostak also denied that the design team has “a corporate mandate to” make sure and do something new “when it comes to adapting these designs to the new. Disney Star Wars canon “.

He clarified, “And my ‘something new’ comment was about previous cinematic dragons, like I said, not previous Star Wars designs.”

Szostak would also confirm that The Mandalorian Chapter 9’s dragon Krayt has many legs, though the episode doesn’t show them.

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Szostak said, “The Krayt dragon from Chapter 9 had legs, yes. Lots of them, in fact. They are the ones who propel it into the sand and are therefore an integral part of its design. “

Szostak would also answer the question of whether the old distinction between the Grand Dragon Krayt and the Canyon Krayt Dragon was gone.

He said, “All we can say is that what we saw in Chapter 9 was a Krayt dragon. Lore to follow in sourcesbooks, database entries, etc.

In response to a similar question, Szostak would provide a similar answer. However, he also revealed that “the art department only deals with the design side of things.”

He then added: “Stories and stories come later, in source books, database entries, etc.”

If you want to be picky, this statement seems to contradict his previous comments regarding Krayt Dragon’s bones seen in the original Star Wars movie.

He seems to definitely state that these bones are a juvenile Krayt dragon in the posts seen above, but then when in a rush to comment on The Mandalorian lore, he turns to the database and sources. coming in the future.

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Regarding the actual Krayt dragon seen in The Mandalorian, Szostak doubled down on the fact that the beast has legs and teased that there is concept art that includes oil clay sculptures by Tony McVey that reveal the legs. of the monster.

Szostak explained, “I’m sure that at some point conceptual art will be released. Tony McVey has made incredible oil clay sculptures of the head and entire body of the dragon Krayt.

He added, “BTW, assuming we would turn the dragon into a worm doesn’t give Doug Chiang and our team enough credit, guys.”

Szostak’s last comment here doesn’t make sense either. As seen in The Mandalorian Chapter 9, the monster simply looks like a giant sand worm with head features that resemble a dragon. No legs are visible throughout the episode, and the appendages aren’t even shown when the Tusken Raiders dig into the corpse of the beast.

I think it’s a fair guess for most people to believe the beast was a worm, considering that’s what they actually saw on screen. The only thing that would warn them that the beast might have legs is that the episode called it a Krayt dragon, a beast known to have legs in Star Wars lore.

What do you think of this new information regarding the Krayt dragon as seen in The Mandalorian Chapter 9?

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