The Mandalorian Chapter 17, “The Apostate” dropped on Disney+ yesterday and everyone has plenty of thoughts about the exciting and fast paced first episode of this season. Din and Grogu visited The Armorer on an unknown location, followed by Greef Karga on Nevarro, escaped pirates along the way and finally landed on Kalevala to meet Bo Katan. The writers jumped into the action very quickly, but the first chapter wasn’t just a ride, it also raised several questions for the rest of the season.
Here are 4 burning questions we’re left to ponder after “The Apostate”.
- What is up with The Armorer? No, really! What’s her ultimate goal here? What has she gained by her rigid rules? Isn’t Din leaving “The Watch” technically their loss? He’s clearly a loyal, honorable warrior, and the best bounty hunter in the business. He saved her and the foundlings from a giant alligator in Chapter 17, and that should’ve been enough to “redeem” him. But no, The Armorer decided to stand her ground and Din is determined to be forgiven, so off he goes to Mandalore. However, The Armorer appears both honorable and somewhat shady. At times it seems like she’s hiding something from Din and knows way more about him than she lets on. It’s a vibe she has given off since Season 1.
- What’s going on in the mines of Mandalore? So Din has to bathe in the waters underneath the mines of Mandalore to be washed of his sins. Din and Bo Katan had a quick discussion regarding the mines in Chapter 17. Din tells her that he’s going to Mandalore to bathe in the living waters to which Bo Katan replied that “You are a fool. There’s nothing magic about the mines of Mandalore. They supplied beskar ore to our ancestors and the rest is superstition.” So what is the “superstition” about the mines? Who’s going to tell us that story? All this talk of magic and superstitions makes the mines a really intriguing mystery!
- Will Din be forgiven for his “transgressions”? Din seems determined to wash off his sins and start anew. In other words, he wants to go back to following “The Way” and never remove his helmet again. Whether that’s right or wrong is up for debate, however, will he accomplish what he has set out for is an important question. Will he find the living waters or has everything really been destroyed? And, let’s say he does bathe in the waters and provides The Armorer proof of the same, will it be enough for her to forgive him or does she have another trick up her sleeve?
- Does Bo Katan have a plan? She’s sad, she’s angry and she seems alone. It’s all justified from her own perspective. Din has her Darksaber, and without it she feels powerless. She has realized that her people will only listen to the person who carries that weapon. From the end of Chapter 16 till now, did Bo Katan think of a way to help the tide turn in her favor, or just waited around in her castle? Her arc is one to watch out for this season, because there’s no way a character with the kind of ambitions she has will watch as everything slips away from her.
Watch Chapter 17, “The Apostate” now, and check out Chapter 18 next week Wednesday on Disney+.