- "I have spoken."
Kuiil was an Ugnaught male who worked a lifetime to be free of servitude. He came to the out-of-the-way planet of Arvala-7 seeking peace, and worked as a vapor farmer who offered valuable skills to those who could meet his price. Eventually, criminals and mercenaries trespassed on his world during the time of the New Republic, and at some point Kuiil encountered the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin. After the plan to relieve The Child from being hunted went poorly, Kuiil was eventually tracked down, shot, and killed by Imperial scout troopers on speeder bikes.
Sometime before 9 ABY, Kuiil worked for the Galactic Empire as an indentured servant, utilized for his craftsmanship and mechanics skills. After earning his freedom by serving for many years, Kuiil ventured off to the distant and remote desert planet of Arvala-7 to work in solitude as a moisture farmer.
Meeting the Mandalorian
In 9 ABY, Kuiil stumbled upon the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin being attacked by two blurrgs after landing on the planet and decided to rescue him and take him back to his moisture farm. There, a discussion of the Mandalorian's job took place, Kuiil confiding to Djarin that many bounty hunters had come searching for the same asset as he had, disturbing the peace on the solitary planet. After some talk, Kuiil decided to teach Djarin how to ride a blurrg so they could reach the Nikto mercenary encampment where the Mandalorian's target was being held. Afterwards, the two ventured out to the encampment. Kuiil left Djarin and wished him luck, heading back to the farm.
Negotiating with Jawas
Some time later, Djarin returned to Kuiil's farm after successfully retrieving his bounty and explained that his ship, the Razor Crest, had been salvaged and looted by local Jawas and he was stranded on Arvala-7. Kuiil was surprised to see Djarin alive and that the Child was what all the bounty hunter trouble had been about. Kuiil agreed to assist the Mandalorian in recovering the stolen parts of his ship and suggested that Djarin should try trading with the Jawas.
The next morning, Kuiil took Djarin and the Child to the Jawas' sandcrawler. At first, the Jawas were afraid of the Mandalorian as he had killed several of them the day before in his first attempt to retrieve his parts, but Kuiil eventually convinced Djarin to drop his weapons and try to negotiate peacefully. The Jawas agreed to trade the Razor Crest's salvaged parts in exchange for Djarin's beskar armor or for the Child, both of which he refused and Kuiil had to take over the negotiations when Djarin started threatening the Jawas with his flamethrower after he tried to communicate in the Jawas' language and they laughed and said he sounded like a Wookiee. Eventually, the Jawas agreed to give the Mandalorian his stolen parts if he obtained a mudhorn egg for them, to which Djarin agreed.
Kuiil, Djarin and the Child rode inside the Jawas' sandcrawler towards the nest of the mudhorn. When they arrived, Djarin took his weapons and the Child and headed off in search of the mudhorn. A while later the Jawas were about to give up and leave, Kuiil tried to tell them to wait but they didn't listen and started to drive off. Just at that moment, however, Djarin returned with the egg; his armor badly damaged and covered in mud. Kuiil was pleased to see that his friends survived and commented that he's surprised it took the Mandalorian so long, to which Djarin said he was surprised that Kuiil waited for him. Kuiil helped Djarin load his parts onto the hoversled and rode back to the moisture farm with him. On the journey, Kuiil asked if the Child wad injured, to which Djarin said that he didn't think the Child was physically injured and explained how he had helped the Mandalorian kill the mudhorn. Kuiil said that he still didn't understand what happened and Djarin admited that he didn't either.
Repairing the Razor Crest
When they eventually arrived at the remains of the Razor Crest, the Mandalorian commented that it'll take him days to fix it without a proper maintenance facility. Kuiil helped the Mandalorian to repair the ship, saying there was much work to do. Working together, they managed to repair and restore the ship's systems and parts. Later, the Mandalorian told Kuiil that he could not thank him enough for his assistance and offered to share part of the bounty's reward with him. The Mandalorian told Kuiil that he could use a crew member of his ability and offered to pay him handsomely, to which Kuiil said that he would be honored but that he had spent a lifetime working to be free of servitude. Djarin said he understood and offered Kuiil his thanks. Kuiil in return thanked the Mandalorian for bringing peace to his valley before mounting his blurrg. Before leaving, he wished a blessing on the Child, hoping that it would bring a handsome reward for the Mandalorian.
After Djarin left Arvala-7, Kuiil headed to the Nikto encampment where the Child had been kept and where the Mandalorian had shot the assassin droid turned bounty hunter IG-11. Finding IG-11's remains, Kuiil brought them back to his farm, where he rebuilt and reprogrammed the droid, despite little remaining of the neural harness, and staked it as his own in accordance with the Charter of the New Republic. Kuiil patiently trained it to perform domestic and manual tasks such as cooking, cleaning and feeding the blurrgs. Over time, IG-11 began to develop his own personality based on his experiences with Kuiil.
Reunited with the Mandalorian
Some time later, Djarin returned to Kuiil's moisture farm with the Child and the ex-Rebellion shock trooper Cara Dune. Kuiil commented that the Child didn't seem to have grown much and thought that he wasn't genetically engineered because he looked too evolved. He also quipped that Cara Dune was farmed in the Cytocaves of Nora before Djarin officially introduced them. Kuiil commented that he also served in the war, but on the "other side".
When IG-11 entered, both Cara and Djarin were wary and pointed their blasters at him. Kuiil explained how he found the droid's remains in the Nikto encampment and brought him home before repairing and reprogramming him. Djarin explained that he returned to Arvala-7 to enlist Kuiil's services in watching over the Child while they join up with Greef Karga on Nevarro and attempt to take out the Client, however Kuiil said that he is unwilling to put himself into another being's services since he freed himself from his indentured service. However, the Mandalorian still wanted to hire him, so Kuiil offered to reprogram IG-11 to serve as a nanny for the Child. Djarin expressed his distrust of droids, but eventually allowed the droid to join them in their mission. Kuiil refused to accept any payment for his services as he was doing it to protect the Child from Imperial slavery, and he also insisted that Djarin allowed him to take his blurrgs along, which were penned in the cargo hold of the Razor Crest.
Voyage to Nevarro
During the journey, Djarin and Cara engaged in a game of arm wrestling. The Child, believing that the Mandalorian was in danger, force choked Cara until Djarin told him that she is a friend. Kuiil commented that the Child was curious and now understood the Mandalorian's earlier encounter with the Mudhorn, although he could not name the phenomenon. Cara questioned how Kuiil walked free of Imperial indentured servitude, to which he said that he bought his freedom with the skills of his hands and the labor of three human lifetimes; telling her not to doubt him. Later, Djarin asked for Kuiil's help in padding the Child's pram. Kuiil accepted and said that it was a way to prove how he freed himself from servitude through his craftsmanship.
The Razor Crest landed in a remote part of Nevarro, where they were met by Karga and four other bounty hunters. Karga explained that he had arranged for a rendezvous in a remote location because the town was now run by ex-Imperial forces. Karga suggested that Cara stay behind to guard the ship from Jawas, however Djarin insisted that Cara will join them and IG-11 stayed behind instead. Karga agreed but told Cara to cover her rebel tattoo. They agreed that Djarin, Cara and Kuiil will ride the blurrgs while Karga and his men walked.
That night, they set up a campfire and grilled a four-legged beast and the team went over their plan, which involved entering the common house and showing the bait to the Client before killing him at the table. Suddenly, several winged beasts descended on the group. Two of Karga's men and two of the blurrgs were killed in the following fight and Karga sustained a poisoned bite which would have proven fatal if the Child hadn't been able to Force heal him, much to the amazement of everyone else.
The following day, the group continued their journey. When they arrived, Karga and his two remaining men attempted to ambush Djarin and Cara, however Karga had a change of heart and shot his men dead. Karga explained that their initial plan had been to kill them and take the Child but he couldn't go through with it after the Child saved his life. Karga tried to convince Djarin and Cara not to kill him by explaining that the Child won't be safe with him dead, but they didn't listen to him until Kuiil convinced them to hear Karga out. The four agreed to send Cara and Karga in with Djarin pretending to be their prisoner along with the Child's empty pram as a decoy to allow them to get close to the Client and kill him. Djarin told Kuiil to take the Child back to the Razor Crest on the surviving blurrg and to activate the ground security protocols once he got there. Kuiil vowed to keep the Child safe and told Cara to cover her stripes.
A while later, Kuiil was riding his blurrg back to the Razor Crest with the Child when he was contacted through his comlink by Djarin, who urgently told him to flee. Unfortunately, the conversation was also received by two scout troopers on speeder bikes who began to pursue Kuiil. As Kuiil approached the Razor Crest, he lowered the ramp. Just before Kuiil reached the safety of the ship, he and his blurrg were killed by one of the scout troopers and the Child was scooped up to be taken back to Moff Gideon.
Shortly after, Djarin tried to contact Kuiil through his comlink again, but IG-11 answered instead and informed the Mandalorian that Kuiil had been terminated but he had successfully recovered the Child and was fulfilling his base structure to nurse and protect.
After completing his mission, Djarin returned to the Razor Crest with the Child and buried Kuiil's body, putting his goggle cap on the headstone.
Behind the scenes
Kuiil first appeared in the first episode of the 2019 Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, which aired on November 12, 2019. He was motion-captured by Misty Rosas and voiced by Nick Nolte.
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" (First appearance)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 2: The Child"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption" (grave)
- (First pictured)
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Directing"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Legacy"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Cast"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Technology"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Practical"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Score"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Connections"
Notes and references
- ↑ According to a timeline shown at D23 Expo 2019, The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY, meaning that The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The Mandalorian – "Chapter 2: The Child"
- ↑ The Mandalorian Media Kit. Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. Retrieved on February 3, 2020.
- Kuiil on Wikipedia
- Exclusive Interview with Misty Rosas, Performance Artist for Kuiil in "The Mandalorian" (backup link)