Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett brings back The Mandalorian’s Din Djarin. However, one thing was a little surprising to see- why wasn’t he with Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls?
Till now, The Book of Boba Fett was as expected, about Boba Fett. We got to know how he survived the Sarlacc Pit and rescued Fennec Shand. This set their partnership in motion.
In the show we see Boba Fett taking over Jabba’s criminal empire and trying to operate it. However, episode 5 wasn’t that. In that episode, the focus was completely on Din Djarin.
Now, Mando’s appearance on the show wasn’t unexpected. There were musical hints in episode 4 itself that foreshadowed his appearance. But it was unexpected that they would focus an entire episode solely on him.
This episode was basically like a soft premiere of season 3 of The Mandalorian. Just that it was put into the middle of its own spin-off show. It is only in the final moments that it all connects with Boba Fett’s story.
What was even more surprising was how we saw Din Djarin in episode 5- bounty hunting and alone. It sort of felt like the first two seasons of The Mandalorian didn’t even happen.
However, those events did happen, and they ended up changing Din Djarin’s life forever. But, his appearance on the show doesn’t really explain what happened after the end of season 2 of The Mandalorian after Din handed over Grogu to Luke Skywalker.
We also aren’t told why Din Djarin isn’t with Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls. However, it also does hint at why they have parted ways.
In season 2 of The Mandalorian, we last saw Din Djarin with Bo-Katan. When we see Mando again in episode 5 titled, “Return of the Mandalorian,” he is once again the lonely bounty hunter.
We aren’t told why this is the case. But it could also be as simple as him just craving the kind of simple life he had pre-Grogu after the heartbreaking separation.
However, just like the season 2 finale saw Din Djarin get the Darksaber after fighting Moff Gideon, it’s expected that season 3 of The Mandalorian will focus on Mando, Bo-Katan, and Mandalore’s future.
But why separate them now? The answer is probably the Darksaber.
Previously, Bo-Katan Kryze got the Darksaber. It was given to her by Sabine Wren, who won the black blade during a fight in Star Wars Rebels. With the Darksaber, Bo-Katan led her planet against the Empire.
But as Armorer said in episode 5, she ultimately failed and doomed the people and her planet. It’s because Bo-Katan wasn’t the rightful owner of the saber since she hadn’t won it in battle.
However, Bo-Katan was cognizant of that loophole, and she wanted to rectify that. So she sought out Moff Gideon to win back the blade. However, Din Djarin beat her to the fight. Now, he is the rightful owner of the saber, and thus, Bo-Katan’s rival.
Din doesn’t say how his relationship with Bo-Katan is currently, but it’s clear that it’s not in a great position. Mando taking the Darksaber, has put him between Bo and her birthright (as per her).
If Bo-Katan wants to reestablish herself as the new leader of Mandalore, she will have to defeat him. Whether if there was an attempt to settle or talk things out before they separated is unclear.
But Din Djarin’s questions to the Armorer could suggest that he is wary of their inevitable fight. And it can be seen why. His questions to the Armorer mean that he wants to use the blade and keep it. But he doesn’t seem to have any interest in ruling.
So Din having the Darksaber is probably why he isn’t with Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls when we see him again in The Book of Boba Fett. But it’s clear that he will cross paths with her. And when they meet, it will be as combatants and not as friends.
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