For the few people wondering who The Mandalorian is in the series this season, you can wonder more because it’s no longer Din Djarin. Apparently, the series will no longer exclusively have Pedro Pascal’s bounty hunter father figure to a Force-sensitive youngling as its main character.
Many expected that the third season would be somewhat transitional for the series because the original arc of delivering Grogu to his people is already resolved in Season 2. And in the fan-titled The Mandalorian Season 2.5 (which is actually The Book Of Boba Fett), Grogu decided that Din Djarin is his people. They zoomed together into space for their new adventures together.
So, now what? What’s going to happen in Season 3? As fans wondered prior to the premiere of the newest instalment of the series, many said that Grogu’s training as a Jedi was a missed opportunity to tell a longer story. Sure, we’ll get to see Master Luke Skywalker again for more than how we did in TBOBF, but it could have also told about the beginnings of the new Jedi School.
From the first two seasons, other Mandalorians got featured. They even introduced Boba Fett in Chapter 14: The Tragedy. He’s also Mandalorian, even though he did not take The Creed. And prior to that was Chapter 11: The Heiress, in which Bo Katan Kryze first appeared together with other Mandalorians who remove their helmets.
As seasons and episodes go by, particularly for Season 3, there is less and less focus on Din Djarin.
The Mandalorian Doesn’t Mean Din Djarin Alone According To Producer
I think that’s been interesting as we’ve been on the journey of the show, and now that we’re at this point, is that, what does that title mean?
By the end of Season 2, Bo Katan Kryze faced the reality that the Darksaber now has a Mandalorian owner. And she did not accept it when Din attempted to give it to her. Neither did she challenge him for it. But that possibility was, in a way, inevitable for a future season.
Last week, the Darksaber found its way to Bo Katan finally. That sort of reminded me of how Harry Potter got to own the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows. But I digress. Meanwhile, this development for Bo Katan as the one to unify all the Mandalorian clans put forward another part of the story. The producer continued:
I think now with Bo possessing the Darksaber, I know that there was a lot of expectations that might have shifted both in terms of what it meant for Din Djarin, but also for Bo and what does it mean?
As the latest episode further introduced yet even more Mandalorians, the producer asked and then offered their answer:
Who is the Mandalorian at this point? And so I think it could be anyone. And I think that’s what they’re trying to define in many ways, is what does that mean to be Mandalorian?
The Mandalorian Expands Story To Be More Than Just About Din Djarin
Expanding the scope of the series to something that is bigger than Din and Grogu would broaden the possible stories that the series will be able to cover. Also, as they have recently announced in the Star Wars Celebration, a movie will soon tie up with the series. Thus, something big is going to happen, and it won’t fit the small screen.
I also think that maybe the series is actually about Grogu’s journey to becoming a Mandalorian himself. He did choose to be with Din instead of Luke Skywalker, right? Also, in this season, he has started his training as a youngling making his Papa proud.
That would also be an interesting focus. Can you imagine Grogu in Beskar armour?
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