The Mandalorian Solves Season 1’s Biggest Mystery

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The Mandalorain Season 2 premiere complicated the character’s identity at the end of “The Gunslinger,” but “The Tragedy” provides an answer.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: Le Mandalorien “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” streaming now on Disney +.

The first season of The Mandalorian Audiences have wondered about a few key questions, and Season 2 has already provided viewers with answers to these mysteries. We now know that Baby Yoda is called Grogu, and the Remnants of the Empire want him for his high number of midi-chlorians for cloning and genetic experimentation. We know that if Mando is successful, he will have to thank Ahsoka Tano. But the most tantalizing mystery of Season 1 remained exactly that until this week.

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One of last season’s most notable episodes, “The Gunslinger,” ended not with a bang but with a tease. As the apparently dead body of the skillful assassin, Fennec Shand, lay crumpled in the Tatooine sand, a pair of boots with spurs approached and a long cloak flapped in the wind. Season 1 never revealed the identity of who found it, or if they saved it – or even the intention to do so. The internet quickly speculated that the boots and cape must have belonged to Boba Fett, who remained the dominant theory during the show’s hiatus. After all, the franchise left him on Tatooine and it was unlikely that Disney would let such a popular character die in the Sarlacc Pit when the studio was making its flagship series on the Mandalorians.

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Rather than offering a clean resolution, the Season 2 premiere only complicates the matter. “The Marshal” deceives audiences with what appears to be the return of Boba Fett, but turns out to be the introduction of Cobb Vanth, the Mos Pelgo Marshal into the Bounty Hunter armor. To stir the pot even more, “The Marshal” concludes with another tease in which Boba Fett can be seen watching Cobb Vanth hand over his family’s armor to Din Djarin. That meant it was just as plausible that Boba Fett or Cobb Vanth might have been the character seen from the knees last season.

Cobb Vanth is styled and portrayed by Timothy Olyphant as a vaguely Western character who has claimed Boba Fett’s armor for quite some time. Since fans weren’t sure what happened to Fennec Shand, they couldn’t really be sure about her or anyone else’s motives for getting her back. However, since “The Marshal” confirmed that Boba Fett canonically survived the events of Return of the Jedi and was also in the region, he also remained a candidate. With only a few episodes remaining this season, it was almost certain that Disney would call back at that cliffhanger moment, and “The Tragedy” tied the ends into a thrilling arc.

This week’s episode is so action-packed, it’s practically a promotional video of the capabilities of Mandalorian combat technology. While Grogu is busy figuring out his way to the top of the sacred stone, Din Djarin sees Slave I land on the surface of Tython. Boba Fett emerges from the ship, and after a few first blaster hits, he attempts to negotiate with Din: his armor in exchange for the child’s safety.

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Din suspects Boba may not be truly Mandalorian, but the infamous bounty hunter immediately proves his worth – and fills in the remaining plot holes. He lost his armor on Tatooine and has been following Mando ever since. He’s the one who discovered Fennec’s body and saved his life, and it’s her who is fighting her debt. When dozens of Stormtroopers arrive to take Grogu, the trio work together to fend them off, during which Boba makes it clear that he is the rightful owner and operator of the armor.

Yet the tragedy of “The Tragedy” is that a squad of airborne Dark Troopers flee with The Child before the bounty hunters can climb the mountain top. Din doesn’t expect continued help from Boba and Fennec, but they remind him that they haven’t lived up to their end of the bargain. Boba has regained his armor, but Grogu is not protected, which settles The Mandalorian for what is sure to be an epic Season 2 finale.

Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, with guest stars Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez. New episodes arrive every Friday on Disney +.

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