SPOILERS FOR THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2 FINALE!!!
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
To preface this post, I am 34 years old, I have a wife and daughter. We own a house. We have four cats. I have depression which I am on medication for.
All in all, I’m an adult.
And Chapter 16 – The Rescue reduced me to the kind of tears I have only seen when I have taken a toy off my daughter after she used it as a projectile. That heavy, hard, ugly kind of crying. And that was on the second viewing, even when I watched the Steele Wars Live Reaction I wept. I said the day before it came out that I wasn’t emotionally ready but I had no idea.
When Din Djarin and his team were trapped on the Bridge with the Death Troopers breaking down the door, I, like many others were probably chomping at the bit wondering how they were going to get out of it. Who would die in the assault? Would Din save Grogu? But Deus Force Machina kicked in, a single X-Wing arrived. I was expecting Carson or Trapper to come over the speakers heralding a New Republic Strike Force. Imagine my shock when a robed figure started laying waste to the mechanical Troopers with a lightsaber, and a familiar looking green one at that.
Luke’s reveal on the Bridge cemented something for me. Favloni can give me the thing I didn’t want and make me love it all the same. It also proved me wrong in that a Jedi would show up and Grogu would choose to stay with Din. It didn’t make sense, Grogu needs training in the Force, but the relationship between Din and Grogu, for me, was the central core of the series.
When Din says goodbye and finally removes his helmet, revealing his face to the being that had become like a son to him, I wasn’t sure they would go their separate ways, and Pascal plays their farewell beautifully. That final look between the two of them speaks volumes, and that just made the sobbing all the worse.
After the first viewing I was excited, I was confused and I was ecstatic. But the second viewing was what hit me on a higher emotional level.
Afterwards I felt broken and hollow. Something didn’t feel right and then it clicked for me and it turns out I was in some state of mourning. But why? In true Filoni fashion, no one died.
Then I realised that I had connected so much with the relationship between Din and Grogu that seeing them separate again, after so short a reunion was heartbreaking. Din so desperately wanted Grogu to stay with him that he instantly told Luke that he didn’t want to go with him. At that moment I think Din would have killed Luke if it meant keeping Grogu, but Grogu made his choice. To go with a Jedi and learn to master his powers.
Din told his son that they would see each other again, and I believe him. So far, Din Djarin has been a man of his word, he has his own code of honour that had led him to this moment and only death would stop him.
As this is set around five years after The Battle of Endor, it’s seems far too early in the timeline for Luke to start his training temple, which if we are led to believe he didn’t set up until Ben was at least in his early teens, so I think Grogu is safe from the Jedi Temple Massacre that led Ben to leave Luke for dead into the waiting arms of Snoke. By then I’m confident that Din and Grogu are together again, the latter probably searching for his father on Mandalore.
Regardless of the future, whether or not ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ will replace Season 3 (I really hope not), the story of Din Djarin and Grogu will always have a special place in many fans hearts and, in time we will see them again (hopefully next year), but I won’t lie, the uncertainty is killing me, c’mon Lucasfilm, give us some confirmation!
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