On the thrilling two-part finale to the first season of The Mandalorian, the puzzle pieces of the main plot finally come together in thrilling fashion, joining characters from throughout the season against a common enemy. Score-wise, composer Ludwig Goransson keeps it simple, toying with the main Mandalorian leitmotif without adding too many bits and baubles to distract from the narrative. While not as exciting or novel as previous installments, Goransson's work on The Mandalorian: Chapter 7 serves to subtly compliment the show, adding depth and wonder with "Reprogram" and providing an honorable twist on the main theme with "Kuiil." "The Standoff" is appropriately tense and unnerving, while the cacophonous "Black Skies" mirrors onscreen events as everything comes crashing down. Ending on the edge of a knife, just like the episode, Chapter 7 eases the anxiety of the cliffhanger with an orchestral version of "The Mandalorian" theme. While it doesn't pack as much of a punch as hearing Chapter 1 for the first time, it ties the series together and maintains focus on the now-familiar soundscape that Goransson created for the show.
AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung
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