Season 3 of ‘The Mandalorian’ has just come to an end with the premiere of ‘The return’, where the story has been resumed at the point where it left off when the final credits of ‘The Spies’ appeared. What we have found below is an impressive episode that has served to close a stage in the adventures of Din Djarin and Grogu.
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So far, the character played by Peter Pascal he had always shown some resistance to accepting the new role that life had reserved for him with Grogu. Already at the end of the previous season we saw how he gave it to Luke Skywalker only so that his paths would come together again in ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ and here his story comes to a natural conclusion.
Destroying Moff Gideon once and for all
However, I am getting too far ahead of myself, as things get complicated long before the arrival of the inevitable happy ending -if a season 4 had not been confirmed long ago, I could still believe that something really dramatic was going to happen here-, well the ultimate showdown against Moff Gideon pushes both Din and Grogu and Bo-Katan to their limits.
After the ambush at the end of the previous episode, the character played by Giancarlo Esposito seems to have everything to win. The Mandalorians have been forced to adopt a defensive position, Din and Grogu find themselves almost alone in the face of danger, something that is solved in an ingenious and spectacular way to to face Gideon’s troops in a methodical but relentless way. And without forgetting the characteristic touch of humor of the saga in relation to how R5-D4 deals with the complication that appears at the last moment when it comes to deactivating the protective shields.
For my part, I am very clear that that plot line shines much brighter than all the fireworks that are used in the escape of the rest of the Mandalorians, where it is also noted that we are probably facing the most expensive episode of all those issued so far by the Disney + series, but the truth is that everything dazzles much more when a more intimate approach is taken. Hence the face to face between Din and Gideon raises the tension much more than everything else.
It is true that the script Jon Favreau he follows the formula of playing with the idea that defeat is inevitable so that the tables turn at the last moment and an explosion ends Gideon once and for all – and that they don’t come with the fact that one of his clones was saved for to continue counting on Esposito, which would be a somewhat shabby solution-, but the truth is that well done, it continues to work, and that is what happens here.
On the one hand, the energetic staging of Rick Famuyiwa it also seeks to underscore the human emotion of the contest, thus making everything more exciting, from Grogu’s saving appearance as the Praetorian Guard prepared to execute Din to the confrontation between Moff and Bo-Katan reaching its apparent climax when the first destroy the darksaber. All of this feels like pure Star Wars without being repetitive or excessively homage to something we’ve seen before – a fear I had with the whole clone thing.
In addition, ‘The Mandalorian’ is agreed again after the true protagonists of the series are Din and Grogu, so all the importance of Mandalore this season ends up making sense when the character played by Pedro Pascal offers himself as Grogu’s adoptive fatherthus closing the circle of the relationship between the two that had begun when he saved him from death at the end of the first episode of the series.
So much so that that last scene with them retired in Nevarro enjoying a pleasant life it could be a great happy ending for both of them. In fact, if ‘The Mandalorian’ weren’t part of a universe like ‘Star Wars’, they could have perfectly left it there, but we already know that Din is going to start collaborating with the New Republic, but also that for many victories that Along the way, the Empire is called upon to regain power and eliminate any threat that comes their way. With everything, it is better to stay now with this small great victory and all that it has meant for its two protagonists.