This article contains SPOILERS for The Mandalorian season 3.
Over the last eight episodes of The Mandalorian season 3, Din Djarin underwent a journey to return to Mandalore so that he could redeem himself. Along the way, he learned more about his homeland, himself, and the people around him.
So, with season 3 coming to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the countless moments that shook the Star Wars galaxy to its very core.
The Mandalorian season 3: Din Djarin and Bo-Katan swim in the Living Waters
After Bo-Katan Kryze saves Din Djarin from the cyborg in the mines of Mandalore, the two make their way to the Living Waters. Here, Bo reads the revered inscription, where the audience learns more about Mandalorian culture and the importance of a Mythosaur.
This all becomes clear once Din Djarin falls down into the waters, leading to Bo having to save him again. Down in the depths of the Living Waters, Kryze witnesses a gargantuan beast that she easily deduces is a Mythosaur.
After this moment, Bo-Katan keeps her helmet on and slowly becomes a Mandalorian who walks both paths. More on this later, however.
The Mandalorian season 3: Seeing where Grogu was during Order 66
There are not many moments in the Star Wars canon that are as pivotal as when the future Emperor Palpatine calling for Order 66. As a result, his clone army kills any and all Jedi.
Because of this, every Jedi or Force-sensitive being who is seen after this event, has a story about where they were during this event. After two and a half seasons, audiences were finally given a taste of what the little Grogu was up to during Order 66.
After being helped by some fellow younglings, Grogu was aided and protected by Jedi Knight Kelleran Beq and some Naboo soldiers.
Even without the heartwarming appearance of Ahmed Best, these scenes giving us more crumbs about Grogu were perfect. There are still plenty of stories to be told about Grogu, but the confirmation that he was a Jedi youngling will likely be a continuing thread through season 4 and beyond.
The Mandalorian season 3: The Armorer sends Bo-Katan on a mission
Once Din Djarin and Bo-Katan return to Din’s covert and prove they swam in the Living Waters, The Armorer takes the matriarch of House Kryze aside. Taking Bo to their Forge, The Armorer explains that she believes that the unbelievable Mythosaur is real and is actually an omen.
With this information, The Armorer surprisingly tells Bo to remove her helmet. Since Bo is someone who could unite the warring factions of different Mandalorians, she can make them whole once again.
Signified by her shoulder pauldrons, Bo-Katan now wears the insignia of The Nite Owls and the Mythosaur. With Bo-Katan as the bridge, backed by The Armorer and Din Djarin, she was able to reclaim her old squad and retake their home planet with the Tribe.
The Mandalorian season 3: Grogu takes a ride in IG-12
While this upgrade for the child was short-lived, lasting a couple of episodes, it was not short of all-time moments. Thanks to the Anzellans on Nevarro, Greef Karga was able to gift Grogu the mech suit made of IG-11.
Grogu, running around Karga’s office, had that childlike wonder level of wholesome that makes so many young folks fall in love with Star Wars. Then the pièce de résistance of Grogu’s new droid suit was his binary speaking commands of “Yes” and “No”, and Grogu’s love of using them.
This was not necessarily important in the overarching story of Moff Gideon or any pirate threat. Grogu riding around in the now-christened IG-12, allowed audiences to see Grogu receive more autonomy over himself, along with Din trusting this little green guy to use something so powerful.
The Mandalorian season 3: Din adopts Grogu
Throughout this season, the two truly solidified their trust in one another and made their bond concrete, with Djarin trusting Grogu with IG-12 and Grogu actually saving his larger companion against Moff Gideon and the Praetorian Guards. After the dust settles on Mandalore, Din tries once again to have Grogu improve his Mandalorian status from a foundling.
But The Armorer states that he is unable to since he is unable to speak the Creed and his parents are not around. So, Din proudly adopts Grogu.
This adoption is very much the culmination of the once lone ranger bounty hunter, opening himself up to welcoming not only a companion, but a family member. The old adage of “you can’t choose your family”, is not always true and this three-season story arc is a prime example of how you can.
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