The kid in the first episode of The Mandalorian season 3 may have foreshadowed what could happen at the end of Din and Grogu’s journey.
Warning! SPOILERS for The Mandalorian, season 3, episode 1.The Mandalorian season 3, episode 1, “Chapter 17 – The Apostate” began with a kid being inducted into the Children of the Watch. At first, it seemed like mere eye candy for fans to see the Armorer craft a Mandalorian helmet. But there is a lot more to be gleaned from the oath the child swears since it is the oath every Mandalorian in the covert is bound by. He begins by swearing on his name, and despite likely being a foundling with no blood ties to a clan or house, he also swears on the names of the ancestors of the Mandalorians.
The kid swears he will walk in the Way of the Mandalore and uphold the Creed. While the full Creed has yet to be revealed, it dictated that he must uphold his word, practice loyalty, and honor the rules that govern the Darksaber. But most importantly, he swears to never remove his helmet in the presence of another. This doctrine had long been removed and altered by the mainstream Mandalorian society, with characters like Bo-Katan and Boba Fett scorning the Children of the Watch’s rules. Nevertheless, the Mandalorian kid and the Creed he swore by are essential to the overall story of The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian Child Shows The Vows Din Djarin Himself Took
It’s no surprise many viewers initially mistook the first scene of The Mandalorian season 3 as a flashback. Many assumed that the Mwas a young Din Djarin, as it would have been a great juxtaposition. Seeing the same oath Din swore explains why Din Djarin is an Apostate; he broke his own oath by removing his helmet in The Mandalorian season 2. Though the kid may have no relation to Din, he parallels him by selflessly disobeying Paz Vizsla’s orders in order to try and save the Armorer.
The Child Represents The Future Of The Mandalorian Race
Regardless of whether the kid himself shows up again in the season, he proves the Mandalorian race is moving on with or without Din among them. The fate of the majority of Din’s covert has been unclear since The Mandalorian season 1’s finale. Many of them were killed when the Empire attempted to take over Navarro, but it appears the Armorer was able to find and gather the few that escaped inbetween The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian. The fact the kid is not the only young one among the Mandalorians shows they’re still growing in the midst of persecution.
Not only does the Mandalorian child parallel Din while proving the Mandalorians will continue, but he also may have foreshadowed Grogu’s fate as well. For now, Grogu has decided to forsake the way of the Jedi. And by giving in to his attachment and loyalty to Din he exemplifies the same Mandalorian Creed the kid swore by. Grogu seems content to assist Din in reclaiming himself as a Mandalorian. But one day, in a future season,, Grogu himself might take the same oath the kid did in The Mandalorian season 3, episode 1.
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