Mandalorian” season 3 delves deeper into the “Star Wars” universe


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Rahul Nath

Season three of “The Mandalorian” is a thrilling, jam-packed chapter that sees a big change in the wider “Star Wars” universe through the reemergence of both Mandalore as a planet and the Mandalorian culture.

Gone are the days of hiding. The Mandalorians have finally gained back their home.

Although Din Djarin and Grogu weren’t as much of the focus this season, they both had meaningful arcs that grew their bond further, as well as the latter’s force abilities.

Prior to this season, the Mandalorians were a thriving society that was decimated by the Empire. This event was known as “The Great Purge” and took place before the events of the original film trilogy. Afterwards, the surviving Mandalorians find themselves scattered throughout the galaxy, with each faction doing whatever they could to survive.

Bo-Katan, the former leader of the Mandalorians, ventured to unify the now divided people and retake Mandalore from the Empire in the second season. This plotline finally culminates in the last two episodes of season three, with the Mandalorians proclaiming victory over the Empire after a hard-fought battle that saw many losses.

This “saving Mandalore” plotline serves as the narrative driving force for this season, and many episodes focus on Bo-Katan and her journey of unifying her people. Since her previous introduction in the “Clone Wars” animated show, Bo-Katan has gone through a lot of development, with her pride in the Mandalorian culture serving as her motivation to persevere through the many obstacles she faces. From losing her planet to the Empire and feeling responsible for the deaths of millions, to being one of the few Mandalorians who didn’t lose hope in liberating Mandalore, Bo-Katan has been through the wringer.

Her struggles only make her eventual victory over the Empire more fulfilling to viewers.

This includes Bo-Katan’s reclamation of her royal and rightful status as Mand’alor, the sole leader and protector of the Mandalorian people.

Bo also ventures out of her comfort zone by teaming up with The Children of the Watch, a sect of Mandalorians who she had viewed as religious zealots due to their commitment to the “can’t show your face” rule of the creed. She begins to respect them through this partnership, her friendship with Djarin and motherly bond with Grogu.

Djarin and Grogu aren’t at the center stage of this season, but they both go through a meaningful progression.

The most notable development was when Din officially adopted Grogu and became his mentor in the season finale.

Grogu’s proficiency in the force also continues to grow and he even assists Djarin in battles.

Though some fans of the show critiqued the lack of focus on the titular duo this season, neither of the two ever felt sidelined in any of the episodes as they helped Bo build her army.

This season puts an emphasis on world building, not just for Mandalorians, but for the wider galaxy as well.

It shows the New Republic’s attempts at establishing order after the fall of the Empire and the corruption within them that will eventually lead to the rise of The First Order.

The focus away from Djarin and Grogu fulfills the show’s goal to shed more light on what the galaxy was like in the window of time soon after the Empire’s fall and before the First Order came into power.

All in all, season three of “The Mandalorian” brought a meaningful conclusion to a storyline that had been building for years and provided meaningful progression to many beloved characters.