The Mandalorian Chapter 17 recap: Sad Mandalorian, bad baby

Taika Waititi is IG-11 in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.
Taika Waititi is IG-11 in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. /

WARNING: The following contains SPOILERS for The Mandalorian Season 3, Episode 1 – Chapter 17: “The Apostate.”

The Children of the Watch have assembled. The Armorer is forging a new helmet, and it’s small — because it’s for a child being initiated in, officially. It’s really no accident that as soon as he swears he’ll never remove his helmet, a giant monster appears out of the water and goes on the offensive.

Monster doesn’t agree with their ideals, OK?

Just when it seems the Mandalorians can’t fight the beast any longer, none other than Din Djarin “The Mandalorian” himself swoops in on his shiny new starfighter to take care of the threat.

But The Armorer isn’t having it. Mando took off his helmet and he’s not wanted here. Only Mandalorians who follow the rules get to play.

Din is persuasive, though. He has proof that someone has been to the surface of Mandalore. If he can go there and find the mines, can he be a Mandalorian again?

She really doesn’t want to say yes, but he’s made refusing impossible, so she (very reluctantly) agrees.

Next stop: Navarro (but not before SPACE WHALE NATION). HIGH Magistrate Greef Karga welcomes the Clan of Two to the new and improved city and offers Mando the marshal position left behind by a character everyone is going to forget about, hopefully.

He’s on a new quest, though. And he needs Greef’s help. He needs … IG-11.

Except putting the deceased droid back together sets him back to his default programming, and Grogu is momentarily in danger. Thankfully, the droidsmiths on Navarro can totally help!

They can’t. Nor can they stop Grogu from doing a big squeeze. He just wants a cuddle.

Now Mando has a side quest: Find the right part to fix IG-11 so that he can then go to Mandalore, take a bath, and regain his sense of belonging again.

But first … it’s time to visit another Mandalorian.

Bo-Katan sits alone on a throne. She’s not happy to see Din, or anyone for that matter. Everyone abandoned her because she didn’t return home with the darksaber — all they care about is who’s holding that sword.

She doesn’t want to join Din on his journey. She wants to keep sitting on that throne, contemplating everyone who has ever wronged her and how everything she’s ever worked for has come to this … she’s sad, we’re sad, it’s a sad time.

Din and Grogu are off to … whatever their next adventure is, it’s a little unclear. Bo-Katan’s going to stay mad, but she’s also a series regular now, so we’ll see how she moves forward next episode.

You got this, Bo.

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