The second season of The Mandalorian has some fans wondering–can a Mandalorian also be a Jedi?
Chances are, if you’re even only slightly familiar with the Star Wars universe, you’re aware of what a Jedi is. The first-ever film, A New Hope (1977), introduced the world to the way of the Jedi Order, starting with Obi-Wan Kenobi and eventually with Luke Skywalker. As primarily the main characters in the film series, Jedi seek peace within the galaxy, and can yield the Force, frequently with lightsabers. Essentially, these are the good guys of the franchise, and fans will know the bad guys would typically be the Sith.
But of course, there are many other types of people, creatures, and groups out there in a galaxy far, far away. While Mandalorians and the planet Mandalore had been referenced throughout the franchise prior, we really got to know some of the Mandalore lore in depth through Disney Plus’ first-ever live-action series, The Mandalorian. Thanks to the show, we see the galaxy through Din Djarin’s eyes, a Mandalorian who in season 2 begins to struggle with his faith and questions what he thought he knew about his people’s history.
Also in season 2 of the series, we realize that Din Djarin is not fit to care for Baby Yoda any longer. The Child has the Force in him, and he needs a Jedi to train him properly. Ahsoka Tano appears in an episode and explains to Mando who the little green guy is, and why he absolutely needs to be with a Jedi. Considering the Mandalorian is not a Jedi, of course, it becomes inevitable that his time with Baby Yoda (real name Grogu) would come to an end.
The finale of season 2 sees the one and only Luke Skywalker coming in to take Grogu under his wing, making for a seriously bittersweet moment. Mando could not train The Child, but is it even possible for a Mandalorian to also be a Jedi?
Can a Mandalorian be a Jedi?
The short answer, actually, is yes. Mandalorians and Jedi don’t exactly have a ton of conflicting beliefs, rather Mandalorians come from the planet of Mandalore and typically follow a set of codes–the latter of which being something Din Djarin discovered isn’t necessarily always true. On the other hand, Jedi are those who follow the light side of the Force.
The character Tarre Vizsla is an example of a Force-sensitive Mandalorian. According to legend, he was the first Mandalorian to ever be inducted into the Jedi Order, and is believed to have created the Darksaber. Tarre Vizsla has never been depicted in any Star Wars shows or movies in the present time, only in a flashback.
Why aren’t there more Mandalorian-Jedi?
So if Mandalorians can also be Jedi, why aren’t there more of them? It’s a good question that we don’t have a confirmed answer to. A possible explanation could just be that there are other Mandalorian-Jedi out there who just haven’t been found yet. Because Mandalorians are not part of the Republic, there are fewer chances for any Force-sensitivity to be recognized, or for those who are Force-sensitive to be trained by Jedi.
Of course, there are fan theories that argue perhaps Din Djarin will turn out to be Force-sensitive, but it’s all up for speculation right now. We’ll be curious to see whether or not Jedi are present in the third season of The Mandalorian, which debuts in late 2021. We’ll certainly be sure to see more of the Jedi Order in the live-action Ahsoka Tano show heading to Disney Plus, which is set to release also in late 2021.