The Mandalorian: Top 5 essential episodes of the show (so far)

These are the 5 essential episodes of The Mandalorian that everyone needs to watch if they're new to the series or just want to re-live the magic.
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+ /

Are you new to The Mandalorian and want an idea of the whole story, but you don't know where to start before you deep dive into all three seasons of the show? Or have you already watched the show and want a refresher before the upcoming movie, The Mandalorian & Grogu, is released? These five episodes are integral to the show and it makes them essential viewing.

Here are 5 must-watch episodes of The Mandalorian:

1. Chapter 3: The Sin

Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) protects Grogu in Star Wars The Mandalorian "Chapter 3: The Sin." Image credit: /

"Chapter 3: The Sin" is a must-watch episode for anyone, regardless of whether they're a Star Wars fan or not. It's character-driven plot and tense action scenes make it timeless, making it worth multiple viewings. The episode also changes Din Djarin and Grogu's lives forever. Din decides to take Grogu back from the Empire after handing him over in exchange for Beskar. In doing so, he goes against the code of The Guild and exposes his covert to danger. "The Sin" is rated 8.9/10 on

2. Chapter 8- Redemption

The Armorer (Emily Swallow) and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) in Star Wars The Mandalorian "Chapter 8: Redemption." Image Credit: /

The Mandalorian Season 1's finale, "Chapter 8: Redemption," is an important episode as it gives us more information on Din Djarin's background and how he ended up as a Mandalorian. Not only that, but this episode officially joins Din and Grogu together. The Armorer tells Din that he's earned his Mudhorn signet and must reunite the foundling with his kind, which sets Din up for his quest in Season 2. It's an exciting and heartwarming episode with its share of sadness and an ending that introduces the Darksaber in live-action. "Redemption" has a 9.2/10 rating on

3. Chapter 13- The Jedi

Ahsoka. The Mandalorian season 2. Courtesy of Lucasfilm. /

Rosario Dawson makes her debut as Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian, "Chapter 13: The Jedi," and it received multiple award nominations for its fight sequences and cinematography. In the episode, Din Djarin and Grogu travel to Corvus to find Ahsoka Tano, and it's Din Djarin's first time meeting a Jedi. Din and Ahsoka team up together to defeat Morgan Elsbeth in an episode that includes Grogu's backstory and a Thrawn namedrop. "The Jedi" has a solid 9.3/10 on

4. Chapter 15- The Believer

Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) in Star Wars The Mandalorian "Chapter 15: The Believer." Image credit: /

Season 2's exciting cameos take a backseat when the show focuses on the father and son bond at the heart of the story. With every Season 2 episode, Din Djarin's growing attachment to Grogu becomes more evident. In "Chapter 15: The Believer," he shows just how far he's willing to go to protect his child. He removes his helmet and armor when he heads to Morak with Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, Migs Mayfeld, and Cara Dune. The gang retrieves coordinates to Moff Gideon's ship so Din can make it in time to save Grogu. "The Believer" provides Pedro Pascal with enough screen time to show off his acting skills and has an 8.9/10 on IMDb.

5. Chapter 24- The Return

Mandalorian trainer (Paul Darnell) in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

The Mandalorian Season 3 puts Bo-Katan Kryze in the spotlight. In the finale, "Chapter 24: The Return," she and her Mandalorian friends finally take back their planet from the Empire. Din and Grogu played a significant role in helping the Mandalorians win. This episode showcases large-scale action sequences and amazing visuals that set Season 3 apart. The ending sees Din adopting Grogu, a peek at the Mythosaur, and Din and Grogu settling down on Nevarro in their own home. Season 3 might have had some issues with writing and pacing, but this is a satisfying finale. It's rated 8.4/10.

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