The third episode of Disney+’s The Madalorian dropped today and it continues to be excellent.
This week’s episode of The Mandalorian essentially set up everything that the rest of the season will be about. In the first episode we met our titular anti-hero, and after seeing him retrieve one bounty, he was given a new job from a client (Werner Herzog) with ties to the dwindling remains of the Empire. But when he finds the bounty, a 50 year old baby that’s the same species as Yoda (re: Baby Yoda), he begins to have doubts on handing the baby over to the client.
The third episode brought everything together by showing the Mandalorian taking the bounty to the client and receiving his reward. With a GREAT nod to an old easter egg for die hard Star Wars fans. From there we get to see him return to the armorer that we met in the pilot, as he received a full new set of armor. Past that we get into spoiler territory so before we dive into that lets talk about the bigger elements of the show as of now.
It’s very clear after this episode that this show, both due to the content of the show and the presence on social media, is going to be the next Game of Thrones. It wasn’t certain before the series started, but many thought it was possible. After all both series are “genre” stories, based on popular scif-fi/fantasy stories originally told in a different setting, and feature expansive backstories to everything in the world they take place in. This episode helped expand on some of the bigger narratives surrounding Star Wars in general, giving more clues to what happened to the Mandalorians, and the status of the Empire at this point in the timeline. But at the same time it focused greatly on the titular hero’s journey and the decisions he would make moving forward.
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Having The Mandalorian take back Baby Yoda, and having his fellow Mandalorians come in and back him up at the end of the episode, helped tell us exactly how this would go moving forward. What he has done is against the guild rules, but it’s not against the rules of the Mandalorians. It’s something that they obviously are supportive of and are willing to come out of hiding to help him with. This tells us that while he may be tough and intimidating, and so may the rest of the Manadlorians, they do have morals and are willing to fight for what’s right. It gives us even more reason to like our hero, and to keep following him on this journey.
This turn also helps establish exactly how the rest of the season and possibly the series will go. This is likely going to be a battle between The Mandalorian, and the remains of the Empire moving forward, with bounty hunters lining up to take down The Mandalorian and gain a huge reward. It’s going to test our hero, as he has to face the major consequences of protecting Baby Yoda. Not just because the empire is after him, or because the guild may hunt him down on their own. But because he has put his people at risk, and has no sacrificed his entire way of life for this child. He can’t be a bounty hunter anymore. So moving forward, what is his life outside of protecting this child?
I’m incredibly excited to see where the series expands from here, and it’s sure to get much larger after this episode. With only eight episodes in total for the season, this episode felt like the true turning point in this story. Which means from here on out the series climbs up towards the climax of the season. Where that may be is unclear, but no matter what I’m along for this ride. (As long as Baby Yoda is safe that is…)
The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+. Keep Following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Disney+ coverage, and be sure to check back with us next week when we take a look at the next episode of The Mandalorian.