The Mandalorian Chapter Three is a Turning Point
The Mandalorian Chapter Three shows us further growth and complications in our anti-hero’s journey toward identity development.
As a brief recap, Mando has delivered Baby Yoda to collect a bounty of Beskar metal to build out his armor. This armor has tribal and ritualistic meanings for all of Mandalor, so we know how valuable this payment is.
And based upon the collection of this bounty, the Mandalorian armor has now returned. The Empire had collected this metal due to its incredible value, but after the fall of the Empire, the Bescar metal was spread out across the galaxy as a form of payment.
From my observation, you can tell that Mando is not only looking to gain his armor but also to find his own identity. After the Mandalores lost their honor by helping the Empire, they are now seen as mercenaries who aided the Empire and now live in hiding. While feared, they are seen as having lost their honor by serving the Emperor.
Because of this, only one Mandalorian is able to appear at a time. Mando has taken this privilege in his quest to find Baby Yoda.
Upon delivering Baby Yoda, Mando receives his payment. But you can see both in the face of Baby Yoda and also in the body language of Mando that something bad is about to happen. Baby Yoda is not safe. Mando asks, “What will you do with it?” And by asking this question, he is confronted and reminded that such questions should never be asked.
The bounty hunter asks how many other people received tracking devices, and the answer is, “Everyone.” I kind of thought that might’ve been hyperbole—but later in the episode we realize he was being literal.
Mando receives enough Bescar for his entire armor. And after receiving his armor, he’s asked what he wants his insignia to be. This was initially thought to be the rhinoceros he defeated with the help of Baby Yoda. However, Mando refuses this insignia because he believes it was a kill lacking in honor.
What’s interesting about this moment is the idea that Mando is speaking of honor, yet he is merely tracking down people and collecting money. It would seem he has no honor at all… So we think.
At this point, he is also confronted by his Mandalorian tribe. A confrontation with fellow Mandalorians ends in a stalemate, and at this moment, our antihero decides he needs to now fight for honor.
And thus, he returns to save Baby Yoda.
Finding Yoda under restraints, he realizes they are extracting something from him which is possibly something related to the Force (please don’t be Midichlorians!).
And from then on, Mando risks everything to save Baby Yoda.
It is unclear what direction the show is headed, but I feel there are probably implications for Star Wars Episode 9 as well.
Baby Yoda is 50 years old during the series, but by the time The Rise of Skywalker is released, he should be closer to 100. Given he is potentially a clone, it will be interesting to see if he makes an appearance in the next movie.
This third episode is a turning point for our bounty hunter. He has gone against the code of the guild, and in so doing he has been brought back into the fold of the Mandalorian tribe. They fight for him and in the end, his main rival salutes him. His actions are viewed by the tribe as honorable.
I cannot remember the last time I’ve been able to look forward to a weekly show like I do, The Mandalorian. The inability to binge-watch the show is exciting since I get to build up my excitement every Friday.
There are many mixed reviews about the show, and I would love to hear more about what you think about my theories and what direction you think the Mandalorian will go.
Is Baby Yoda a clone? Will we get to see the home planet of Mandalore? And do you think Yoda will make an appearance in Star Wars episode nine?