” This is the way. From the moment Din Djarin first said that the Mandalorians never took off their helmets, fans have noted that, Well, in fact we’ve seen a lot of Mandalorians take off their helmets. The record of The clone wars and Rebels both showed examples that contradicted the titular Mando. Now we finally know the reason for this, and the ramifications are the most exciting thing. The Mandalorian has done so far – and that includes Baby Yoda.
In last week’s episode, “The Heiress,” the Clone wars and Rebels the character Bo-Katan Kryze made his live-action debut by removing his helmet. Din Djarin, dismayed, accuses him of stealing the Mandalorian armor. In turn, she instantly recognizes Djarin’s behavior as belonging to the path of the Children of the Guard, a group she describes as “a cult of religious fanatics who have broken away from Mandalorian society” whose goal is to “Restore the old way. Although we have no further explanation of what this group is, it is easy to establish a link with the Death Watch, a terrorist group from The clone wars who opposes the peaceful ways of the New Mandalorian government.
While this revelation hints at the existence of many more Mandalorian groups in the galaxy, rather than the handful of warriors we saw in Season 1, the most significant implication is what it will do to Din Djarin. . Unlike Bo-Katan or Sabine Wren, our The Mandalorian was not born in their faith, and never saw Mandalore’s ancestral home. He was brought there when taken by other Mandalorians as a child and learned that the way of the Children of the Guard was the only way. Now he has found out that this was a lie, and who knows what he will do with that information – especially once he finds out that the cult he was a part of at one point have allied themselves with the very people who caused the death of his family during the Clone Wars.
“The Heiress” is also the first we hear of Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian. If anyone knows a thing or two about being raised in a cult, it is Ahsoka, who was also separated from her family at a very young age by a group of people who raised her in thinking their path was right, and everyone was wrong. The main difference between the two is that Ahsoka was able to see mistakes the Jedi way and managed to escape them. In season 5 of The clone warsAhsoka came to grips with the idea that the Jedi were not the peacekeepers she was led to believe and had become a highly corrupt organization. Season 7 saw Anakin’s Apprentice forge her own path outside of the Jedi cult, trying to live up to what the Jedi mean to the citizens of the galaxy, but without the things that made it possible. ‘Order to fall.
L’original Star wars The trilogy often referred to Jedi methods as a religion, while the prequels went a long way in showing us the many flaws of the Jedi Order and the ease with which it brought down their downfall. But now The Mandalorian has the opportunity to use the Mandalorian culture and faith to reexamine the faith by embracing what many fans have been talking about for decades – that the Jedi are not entirely different from a cult, a cult that can easily become dangerous and very violent. Han Solo once said of the Jedi, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons don’t measure up to a good blaster by your side, kid,” and now we’ve seen the ancient Mandalorian weapon, the saber. black, and know that the Mandalorian way is pretty much a religion with many interpretations just like the Jedi Code. Baby Yoda can forever be the star of The Mandalorian, but now we finally have a storyline that can compete even with the movies.
Unlike Ahsoka, Din Djarin still follows the strict rules of the Children of the Guard, allowing ideology to rule his entire life. Twice this season he has reacted harshly and with anger whenever he saw people donning Mandalorian armor that he considered heretical – not because he recognized they weren’t from Mandalore, but because that he saw them take off their helmets. When he finally meets Ahsoka, The Mandalorian will have the opportunity to do something neither the film, nor even The clone wars was fully capable of doing: a cult deprogramming story. Of course, we all want to see what Ahsoka might say or do about Baby Yoda. Most importantly, she might be the best option for our titular Mandalorian to start wondering what exactly makes a true Mandalorian, and set out to give her own path without the constraints of her faith and cult teachings.