Disney+’s The Mandalorian spin-off show, The Book of Boba Fett, is about Temuera Morrison’s lead bounty hunter’s quest to become Tatooine’s crime lord.
Episode 5 brought back Mando (Pedro Pascal) and told viewers what he had been up to since the end of season 2 of The Mandalorian. We saw him telling the Armorer to make Grogu armor from his beskar spear.
He was there to help fight for Boba Fett against the Pykes. At first, Din Djarin decided to take his Starfighter to the training facility where Grogu was and give him the armor he had made for him.
In this episode, we finally saw Grogu return and also got a look at how Luke Skywalker was training the little thing. Apparently, Grogu is catching on quickly.
Luke even comments to Ahsoka Tano that Grogu is remembering his previous training more than anything. But Mando complicates things.
Din doesn’t want to distract Grogu from training, so he leaves the armor with Ahsoka so that she can give it to the little character. However, the gift creates problems.
Skywalker offers to give Grogu Yoda’s old lightsaber and the armor Din brought at the very end of episode 6. Luke says, “You may choose only one.”
It looks like Grogu is struggling with the decision to choose between the Mandalorian and Jedi paths. To actually harness the true power of the Force, Grogu would have to continue training with Skywalker.
But baby Yoda already has quite a strong bond with Din Djarin, and he even reaches out to Mando’s ship as it leaves. As such, Grogu is connected to both, and he should be allowed to become a Jedi and a Mandalorian. However, if Grogu had to choose, there’s indeed one clear answer.
In season 2 of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin’s main goal was to get Grogu to his people so that he could use the Force and be trained. During the mission, Grogu had already chosen to be a Jedi.
In episode 5 of season 2, Ahsoka told Din that taking baby Yoda to an old temple on Tython will let the creature choose the path he wants. When there, Grogu reaches through the Force to the Jedi, and Luke eventually responds.
Also, Grogu was initially dubbed as baby Yoda, and Ahsoka told Din that she only knows of one other creature like Grogu. This was, of course, Yoda. And we know that being a Jedi is a major part of his character.
Also, having Luke train Grogu is a role reversal from Jedi Master Yoda training Luke. And Star Wars loves its parallels a lot.
Multiple signs indicate that Grogu might choose the Mandalorian way over the Jedi one. For one, he shares a strong bond with Mando, and during the season 2 finale, he wants Din’s permission before going to train with Luke.
The Book of Boba Fett has hinted at Grogu and Din Djarin meeting again as Din is making a new ship with a seat for Grogu. Also, Luke himself might have unknowingly persuaded Grogu to choose the armor.
After Luke tells Grogu to choose, he says that Jedi training is an arduous process that takes years. And Grogu might never see Mando again if he chooses the Jedi way. Here’s the exact quote by Skywalker: “A short time for you is a lifetime for someone else.”
He says this right before asking the little character which path he wants to travel. This indicates that Grogu might choose Din Djarin.
With Tarre Vizsla being the first Mandalorian Jedi, there’s already precedence for a character combining both the ideologies of the Jedi and the Mandalorians.
Tarre Vizsla was also the one who made the Darksaber, and it featured prominently in The Mandalorian. Also, we saw it again in The Book of Boba Fett. So it looks like there is a slight hint of Grogu becoming the second Mandalorian Jedi.
With just one episode to go in The Book of Boba Fett, we will perhaps have an answer on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, on Disney+.
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