Here’s The Mandalorian “Chapter 15: The Believer” ending explained.
And then there was one. One episode, one chapter remains in the second season of the epic Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
“Chapter 15: The Believer” brought viewers one step closer to the conclusion of season 2, and did so in an impressive fashion.
As is always the case, if you have yet to see the episode, there are spoilers. So watch it first and then come back to analyze the ending.
At the end of Chapter 14, Mando joined up with Boba Fett and Fennec Shand after Grogu was kidnapped by Moff Gideon’s new Dark Troopers. Now that Grogu has been taken from him, the wrath inside of Din Djarin has been unleashed, and he will stop at nothing to get the child back.
The adventure in “Chapter 15: The Believer” begins with Cara Dune helping Din, Boba, and Fennec find Migs Mayfeld, a former Imperial sharpshooter who is now known as “Prisoner 34667.”
Mayfeld is working in a junkyard dismantling old tie fighters when Dune and Mando approach him about helping find Moff Gideon’s cruiser. Of course, Mayfeld is capable of helping our heroes gain the access to the Imperial information terminal they need, and they wind up setting course for Morak where there is a secret Imperial mining remnant.
Mayfeld and Mando share some pretty intimate moments in this episode, including a conversation on a rhydonium transport after Mando has taken off all of his beskar and armor in exchange for a different iteration of a stormtrooper outfit. Mayfeld notes on their trip how everyone has a price they’re willing to pay, a line they’re willing to cross. He gives Mando a lot to think about with his question of whether the Mandalorian creed is to not take off the helmet or not show their face.
Din, even though you can’t see his face, has to come to a realization that Mayfeld is right. Mayfeld’s perspective having been a soldier for the Empire reveals a lot about the way “order” works in the Star Wars galaxy. Mayfeld really reveals to Din that his love for the Child is what has driven him to cross that proverbial line to break his own rules.
After impressively fending off pirates, Mando gets the information he needs from the secret imperial mining base, getting the information of where to find Moff Gideon’s cruiser. Meanwhile, he and Mayfeld form an unlikely bond after their really tense “relationship” in the season 1 episode “The Prisoner.”
Mayfeld not only helps Din get the information about Moff Gideon’s cruiser, but he shoots down one of his former superiors in the Empire before helping the crew take out the entire Imperial mining base.
Mando and Cara Dune agree to let Mayfeld go, and the end of the episode finishes with a very fun call-back to season one.
Mando sends a hologram to Moff Gideon’s cruiser using some of the exact same dialogue that was used by Moff Gideon in the seventh episode of season one. He starts off by telling him that the Moff has something “he wants” and that he may think he has some idea of what he is in possession of, but he does not.
The episode finishes off with Moff Gideon looking somewhat angry but visibly nervous about the gram he has just received from Mando, likely thinking he would never see him again.
What does this all mean?
It can only mean we’re headed for an Avengers: Endgame style battle royale where Moff Gideon assembles his army of Dark Troopers, Storm Troopers, and whatever other soldiers he has at his disposal (along with his own abilities with the Darksaber) and takes on Mando, Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, Cara Dune, and anyone else Mando can convince to join him.
There is no doubt he would have an easy time convincing Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls to join him considering Moff Gideon has the Darksaber and that’s what she’s after.
The big question is whether or not Ahsoka or another Jedi comes to the aid of Grogu. That could wind up being the massive reveal before the inevitable cliff-hanger before season 3 sometime in 2021.
Which Jedi will it be?
Now that we know Grogu spent time at the Jedi temple on Coruscant during the Clone Wars, it’s reasonable to assume that when he reached out in the Force, he connected with someone he knew or at least knew of while he was there.
It is interesting that Ahsoka didn’t know Grogu before meeting him in this particular show, but it’s possible that another prominent former Jedi Padawan knew him from their time as younglings in the temple.
The most likely option at this point has to be either someone completely new that we have never heard of or Cal Kestis, the star of the Star Wars video game Jedi: Fallen Order.
Cal Kestis is played by actor Cameron Monaghan who could easily transition to a live-action acting role and help Grogu not only get free from the Empire but also really develop his skills in the Force.
We know Ahsoka is now getting her own Disney+ series, and that series is more likely than not going to be focused on finding Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn. That much was revealed in her episode just from the question she asked Elsbeth.
One thing is certain — Mando’s gram at the end of Chapter 15 is a clear indicator that a big-time battle is coming to Moff Gideon’s cruiser. The big question is — who will be coming with Mando and the rest of this unlikely crew of heroes?