Season 3 of The Mandalorian might revolve around a new Mandalorian Civil War between Bo-Katan Kryze and Din Djarin. Over the years, fans have seen that the clashes between Mandalorians have been tackled mostly by various other Star Wars projects.
After all, both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels had storylines dealing with internal Mandalorian conflict. But this time, it’s different. But good different.
This is because now this conflict will be fully fleshed out as the main narrative of season 3 of The Mandalorian. How? Let us dive in:
We saw that in season 2 of The Mandalorian, Din’s world expanded. He and Grogu traveled together in search of the Jedi. On the way, they met various familiar and new faces who were sometimes allies and sometimes foes.
One of these people was Bo-Katan. She and her clan were pursuing Moff Gideon to get the Darksaber back. Even though Star Wars fans have seen her before in Clone Wars, but this is her live-action debut.
In season 2, her story picks up from where it was left off in Rebels. So it will keep on moving forward in the next season as well. In The Mandalorian season 2, she is a reliable accomplice.
But after the events of the finale, her relationship with Din will surely take a dark turn. In fact, some fans predict that it will probably be a friend-turned-foe situation.
This dark turn is because after season 2 Din became the rightful owner of the Darksaber after fighting Moff Gideon. Now, he didn’t want to rule Mandalore, and moreover, he knows how much the Darksaber means to Bo-Katan.
So to repay Bo-Katan for helping save Grogu, he simply gave the sword to her. However, Bo-Katan didn’t want it back. She wanted to earn it fairly in a fight as per the rules. So that is the state we last saw the two in.
Now that Grogu has left to complete his training with Luke Skywalker, it’s almost certain that season 3 of the show will have a new narrative. And there are all kinds of reasons to believe that it will be centered around this budding conflict.
It’s definitely possible that Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau are getting inspiration from a previous non-canon war between two Mandalorian groups.
In that story, Jaster Mereel’s True Mandalorians believed that the best way to honor the code was to become honorable mercenaries. So they think that the Mandalorian creed refers more to their occupation rather than their actual identity.
But Tor Vizsla’s Death Watch didn’t believe this. They thought that Mandalorians should be the ruthless savages they were in the beginning.
Din Djarin and Bo-Katan seem to have similar ideological differences regarding their interpretation of who a true Mandalorian is. And this can play an important role in the battle for the coveted Darksaber.
Apart from this, both of them have discrepancies in their personal interpretations of the code. We can see this in the season 2 episode called “The Heiress.”
In there, Din was surprised by Bo-Katan taking off her helmet and showing her face. This is something that he thought was against the code. But Bo scoffed at this and established her interpretation of the Mandalorian creed.
It’s interesting to note that she was a member of the Death Watch once as well (as can be seen in The Clone Wars). But she broke away from them and over time founded her faction known as the Nite Owls.
So if The Mandalorian goes in a new direction, we can see the show explore what it means to be a Mandalorian. Now, exploring a subject like this will make the story drastically different from what people are used to seeing.
But since Grogu isn’t in the picture anymore, and we don’t know when he will be back so, this is certainly an organic way to move the story forward. However, we don’t think that season 2 is the last time we saw Grogu.
At the very least, the popularity of the character will ensure that we will see the foundling again soon. But for now, it looks like The Mandalorian will finally be doing its title justice in the best way possible. And the leaked set photos do indicate towards a Mandalore conflict as well.
However, the question is- will it be done well? Or done at all? For that, we will have to wait for season 3. Thankfully, the show has started filming, so the wait won’t be much longer.
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