The newest episode of The Mandalorian, Chapter 23 “The Spies” was outstanding. Visually it was probably the best live action Star Wars TV series episode yet. Yes, it even surpassed Andor by miles and looked like nothing short of a movie. Bo Katan began on her journey as Mand’alor, leading her people and being given the respect and attention she deserves. A lot went down, and there was a lot to take in, but it ended with Din needing to be rescued once again.
That’s how this season started. Din needed to be rescued by Bo Katan when he got trapped in The Mines by a weird half alien, half robot creature that seemed to be drawing his blood. After that she saved him from drowning in the living waters. Now, with 1 episode to go, we’re back where we started. Din has been captured by Moff Gideon and will be taken to the debriefing room, and we can only hope the debriefing includes a brand new storyline for Din, because as of now, his own looks to be over.
He pledged to follow Bo Katan with loyalty and honor as she attempts to rebuild Mandalore. Great, but if you really think about it, if Din wasn’t in Chapter 23 it would have made no difference to the plot or even Bo Katan. At the moment, his existence only makes a difference to Grogu and vice versa. If he and Grogu were removed from the plot, it wouldn’t make a difference to any of the Mandos. There are, after all, many Mandalorians, and nothing makes Din any different from them. What is his destiny now? We know Bo Katan’s, but what’s Din Djarin’s destiny? It’s safe to say that the show seems to be losing its grasp on what made Din *THE* Mandalorian. Whether that’s intentional or not, the truth is he has been the main protagonist from Season 1, and the writers deliberately chose to tell the story from his point of view, with him and Grogu at the heart of it all.
Not taking anything away from anyone else, but Din feels a lot like a side character now, and the finale not only requires that he be rescued by his friends, but that the writers rescue his storyline from complete irrelevancy, before anyone who watches for him, and for his and Grogu’s bond tunes out well before Season 4 even begins production.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian is streaming now on Disney+.