Since episode 4 of The Book of Boba Fett aired, people have been speculating about The Mandalorian’s Din Djarin appearing on the show. After all, when Fennec Shand said that they would need hired help in the war against the Pykes, the familiar theme of The Mandalorian began playing.
And as was foreshadowed, Din Djarin appeared in episode 5. However, many thought that it was just going to be a cameo. But that wasn’t the case. Lucasfilm’s Book of Boba Fett dedicated almost the entire episode to Mando.
And the best part is that his story picks up right after the ending of season 2 of The Mandalorian. Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett was titled, “The Return of the Mandalorian.” It showed Mando and the Armorer uniting.
We last saw in season 2 that Din Djarin successfully delivered Grogu to the Jedi through Luke Skywalker. But he still wants to see him. Mando says, “see him, make sure he’s safe,” and tells the Armorer to make something for Grogu.
The rumors of Grogu making a comeo in The Book of Boba Fett came true. But the question is- why would a Jedi Padawan even need armor for this? And what did Mando tell the Armorer to make for the child?
Seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian mentioned Din Djarin’s orthodox beliefs and practices a little. After that, he discovered that these ideas weren’t held by all Mandalorians.
Even though he did break “The Way of the Mandalore” by removing his helmet in season 2 for Grogu. His appearance in The Book of Boba Fett has reinforced the fact that he believes in the Armorer and “the Way.”
Also, Mando referred to Grogu as a Foundling. It’s a term for kids adopted by Mandalorians. As per their creed, Foundlings can have armor and join the Mandalorians when they are of age.
Because of Mando’s bond with Grogu, along with his renewed commitment to the Mandalorian Way, is it possible that he wants Grogu to have armor and choose?
Back during season 2 of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka warned about detachment. And it might be weighing on Mando since he feels the effects of being separated from baby Yoda.
When the Armorer told him about the Jedi’s rules to avoid attachments, Din said, “That is the opposite of our Creed. Loyalty and solidarity are the way.”
So what did the Armorer make for Grogu? The show has kept it a secret for now. When the Armorer asked Din what she should make for Grogu, Mando didn’t answer.
Instead, the camera focused on her melting the beskar and making little metal rings. Now, these could be for a chain mail. After this, the camera showed the Armorer tying the armor to a white and red cloth.
We don’t know what she made, but we will know about it in the next episode. If it’s chain mail, it makes a lot of sense. After all, Mando got a lot of wounds when fighting with the Darksaber.
Maybe he is just preventing his Foundling from suffering from similar injuries in his training?
Both The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian are different from the movies and even the animated shows set in Star Wars.
But they are still inherently about Star Wars, which was about destiny and family for a long time. So similar to Luke and Vader or Ben and Han Solo, Grogu and Din Djarin are also another father-son relationship.
They are similarly connected to the Force and to their destinies. Currently, Grogu is getting trained by Luke Skywalker to become a Jedi and ensure that their ancient religion lives on.
Meanwhile, Din Djarin is getting trained to use the Darksaber by the Armorer so that Mandalorians can rebuild what has been lost. So when they reunite, it will definitely put them on a collision course regarding their beliefs.
They will have to grapple with new choices and decisions. And Din’s gift of the beskar armor to Grogu will play a role in that.
New episodes of The Book of Boba Fett debut on Wednesdays on Disney+.
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