The Mandalorian: Luke’s offer and Grogu’s choice
Recently, I’ve been rewatching The Book of Boba Fett. In the final scene of “From the Desert Comes a Stranger,” Luke Skywalker offers Grogu a choice. He presents the child with a lightsaber from Master Yoda and the beskar chainmail delivered by Din Djarin. One represents the path of the Jedi. The other represents the path of the Mandalorian.
Luke tells Grogu that he can choose only one item to pick his path. This point always miffed me. My lingering question was always why? Why can’t Grogu do both? Tarre Vizsla was both Mandalorian and Jedi. Why not Grogu?
During this rewatch, a realization hit me like a ton of bricks. Maybe that’s the point of it. What if this scene from The Book of Boba Fett is a red herring plot point to help set up season three of The Mandalorian?
We know from The Mandalorian season three trailer that Din and Grogu are going to be traveling to Mandalore so Din can atone for himself. What if this sets up a situation where Grogu also learns about Tarre Vizsla? He could realize that Luke was mistaken. Keep in mind Luke is in a time period where knowledge about the Jedi was systemically destroyed by the Empire. Luke might not even know about Tarre Vizsla and is running only on the knowledge that he has. Grogu could find out information about Tarre and realize there is a third option: there is a path where he could be both a Mandalorian and a Jedi.
This story would also make sense for The Mandalorian too. Dave Filoni is the creator of Tarre Vizsla. The lore we’ve gotten about the character has been showcased in Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The Book of Boba Fett, and Forces of Destiny. The first two are Dave’s shows, and the other two are shows he’s a producer for. If this was a direction he wanted to take, it would make sense for him to have control over how and why Tarre Vizsla could possibly have an impact on The Mandalorian.
I think that would be an interesting storyline for Grogu. It’s not that Luke is being malicious to make Grogu choose one path. I could see that he just doesn’t have knowledge about his Jedi history. If Grogu discovers a new way to embrace both his Mandalorian side and his Jedi side, I think it could be a good narrative for him. It would fit thematically in with Din’s story too as Grogu’s father figure is on his journey to figure out what kind of Mandalorian he wants to be as well.
I’m just spitballing over here. But knowing where season three of The Mandalorian is going after seeing the trailer, it really made those scenes of Grogu and Luke resonate differently in The Book of Boba Fett.