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‘Boba Fett’s Mandalorian Episode Reveals a Huge Shift in Star Wars Canon

Family found is not only a theme of Boba Fett’s Book and The Mandalorian, but one of the biggest themes that resonates throughout all of Star Wars. Rey found Finn and Poe. Luke found Leia, Han and Ben. Boba found the Tuskens and Mando found Grogu.

But before Mando adopted his Force-sensitive grandson, he was someone else’s found family. The Mandalorian established that he was a foundling, adopted into the strict Mandalorian Child-of-the-Guard sect. However, his actions in Season 2 forced him to leave the community where he grew up, as we saw in Boba Fett’s Book Episode 5. Here’s how it could actually bring all Mandalorians together.

While season 1 of The Mandalorian followed Mando on a journey with Grogu, Season 2 focused on something more internal: Faith. As he searched for more Jedi, Mando also had to confront some hard truths about his own code of conduct. As a child of custody, he swore never to take off his helmet, but the second half of Season 2 shows him doing so twice, each time for Grogu’s sake.

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First, he took off his helmet to impersonate an Imperial soldier to find Grogu’s location. Then, when he found him, he took off his helmet so Grogu could say goodbye to him before leaving to train with Luke Skywalker. Both moments broke his vows, but it was a crisis of faith; in Mando, Grogu took precedence over his religion.

Din Djarin gave up his entire way of life to say a tearful goodbye to Grogu.lucasfilm

In Boba Fett’s Book Episode 5, he makes no attempt to hide these sins. When the armorer asks him if he has already taken off his helmet, he answers yes. The Armorer states that he is no longer a Mandalorian, or at least no longer a Mandalorian of their sect.

This should be a major change for Mando. After all, “The Mandalorian” is both the name he often goes by and the title of his Disney+ series. He begs for forgiveness, but after learning that the only way to be absolved is through the “white waters under the mines of Mandalore”, he simply leaves and boards a commercial flight to Tatooine.

The most interesting part of this scene wasn’t Mando’s mea culpa, but what the Armorer called him: an apostate. Mando is no longer welcome with the Watch, and he’s certainly not welcome in Bo-Katan’s group of Mandalorians who interpret some of the rules more sparingly, not after (rightly) taking on the Darksaber.

Mando could finally close the gap between him and Bo-Katan Kryze.lucasfilm

So what will Mando do next? What he has always done: trace his own path. Mando must metaphorically nail his 95 Theses to the door and invent Mandalorian Lutheranism, something that retains the core elements of conservative religion but is updated to be more welcoming.

This could have huge implications for the future of The Mandalorian. By striking a balance between the two codes of conduct, Mando could unite all Mandalorians across the galaxy, becoming the leader the Darksaber empowers him to be. If his religion won’t let him make eye contact with his beloved Grogu, why should he comply?

While it only plays a supporting role in Boba Fett’s Bookonce Mando returns to the spotlight The Mandalorian In Season 3, you can expect a lot more explorations of faith and religion in a rapidly changing galaxy. Perhaps this rebellious streak even rubs off on Grogu, leading him to reform the Jedi.

Boba Fett’s Book is now streaming on Disney+.