Why Din and Grogu’s bond holds the key to Mandalore’s future
Yesterday the second chapter of The Mandalorian Season 3 dropped on Disney+. Din sought redemption for taking off his helmet by bathing in The Mines of Mandalore. Along the way, things took a dangerous turn when he was taken prisoner by one of the creatures living down in the Mines. From the first chapter this season, we’ve gotten to see Din giving Grogu various lessons about flying and being a Mandalorian. Grogu is not only a quick learner but he also listens very carefully to his father, enabling him to pilot the N1 Starfighter on his own all the way to Kalevala to fetch help from Bo Katan Kryze.
Grogu has come very far from the vulnerable child that once accompanied Din. Not that he’s ever really been helpless, he is, after all, a child who knows the ways of the force. However, his trauma forced him to push his abilities aside, and it wasn’t until Din saved him that Grogu’s powers began to emerge. The love, protection and encouragement offered by his father figure has done wonders for Grogu as it does for any child. Now the two are inseparable, and Grogu, who’s already saved Din plenty of times, is finding new ways to keep his father safe.
With the two now on Mandalore, one might wonder what else they will have to overcome together. In Chapter 1 of the series, Kuill told Din that his “ancestors rode the great Mythosaur”, and now there’s an actual Mythosaur just waiting to be tamed. Maybe Din and Grogu can work together to tame the creature, and Din can ride it with Grogu by his side, and the two can herald a new Age of Mandalore together.
In The Book Of Boba Fett, The Armorer told Din about the songs of eons past telling of a Mythosaur rising to bring in a new age of Mandalore, and with the Mythosaur now being revealed at the end of Chapter 18, perhaps that new age isn’t so far. The best bet to tame and ride that beast is Din Djarin, seeing as tackling giant creatures seems to be a job that’s thrown at him often. If that day comes, we can bet that his son, Grogu, won’t be very far, and will keep an eye on his father and help him if the Mythosaur gets out of control.
By working together, these two can change the course of history for their home world from one of tragedy and loss, to one of hope. If that’s really how things transpire here in season 3, it will be one of the sweetest examples of love conquering all in Star Wars, and an even greater example considering that Star Wars wasn’t always known for its strong father and son relationships. However, perhaps these two are about to change that, if they haven’t already.
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