Boba Fett has always been a fan-favourite character. But it took some time to reintroduce him into the franchise again. Thankfully, it was sooner rather than later as he finally showed up in season 2 of The Mandalorian.
Many think that Din Djarin and his show helped put Boba on the map again. And they aren’t wrong. But Boba has also helped Din Djarin by making him a better character. Throughout the season, Mando gets challenged on his traditional and dogmatic ways. This ultimately causes him to reflect on his past with The Children of the Watch. When Fett was staying on Tatooine, he too had undergone quite a similar metamorphosis. This altered his sense of agency and identity, and he was confused about where we were going with this? Let us explain then.
One of the pillars upon which The Mandalorian is built is the Mandalorian Creed. The fixation and commitment towards this Creed is a significant character point for Din Djarin throughout the series. It defines his actions and decisions in the show. Now, strictly following the Creed isn’t unique to the Mandalorians. Din Djarin followed it to his best ability.
This means that he never even removed his helmet in front of another person. The Children of the Watch observed this strictness in religion. It was made up of unorthodox Mandalorians. Bo-Katan Kryze described them as a cult. Din’s rigid adherence to the Creed caused him to question the actual legitimacy of even the most prominent Mandalorians, like Bo-Katan.
After all, she didn’t follow those rules and wasn’t bound by those guidelines. Throughout the entire series, Mando is shown to be a passive character. Outside forces often influence his actions. As a bounty hunter, he is given a target, and when he completes that, he is tasked with another one. This is the way of his life works. But when he breaks this system and defies orders to rescue Grogu, this indicates that a change has come over him.
This change means that he finally has agency and a growing sense of independence. All this is further boosted by Boba Fett’s appearance that helps further explore the key themes of personal choice and freedom in the show.
Now, it’s undoubtedly true that rescuing Grogu is the first or at least one of the first examples of Mando’s decisions not being motivated by money. But this decision was still in adherence to the Creed. After Din came to know that Grogu was the one who saved him from the mudhorn at Arvala-7, the Armorer told him to protect Grogu and reunite him with his people. This, too, was as per the Creed.
So till now, Mando hadn’t questioned the Creed. That only starts to happen once Mandalorians outside of The Children of the Watch begin arriving. This ultimately leads to Din Djarin asking about his rigid worship of the Creed. Throughout the franchise- both in movies and other secondary works, Boba Fett is a character whose actions are often influenced and directed by others.
Since he is a bounty hunter, like Mando, he is given his target by providing the most credits. This improves Fett’s reputation. Now, it’s likely that this value was instilled by his father. Boba Fett did follow this code. But his father’s death changed a lot of things. As seen in the trailer for the upcoming Disney+ show The Book of Boba Fett, he isn’t solely motivated by a reputation of fear anymore, but by one of respect.
When he came back in season 2 of The Mandalorian, Boba Fett showed his capabilities without needing his armour. But that’s not true for Din. Pedro Pascal’s bounty hunter relies on his armour and says: “I’m a Mandalorian, weapons are my religion.” His repeated insistence on upgrading his armour shows just how much he relies on weaponry. Also, his refusal to remove his helmet does confirm just how strictly he follows his Creed.
Fett serves as a great example of a path that Din Djarin might follow in the future. After all, both have a history of being used as tools for doing others’ bidding. Now, Fett has chosen his path and even started walking on it. This, in turn, has laid the groundwork for Mando to choose him finally. Thus, this will make him a more compelling character. So, what do you think about this?
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