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Major spoilers below for the third episode of Disney+'s The Mandalorian. Be sure to catch up before reading on, and may the Force be with you.
After three episodes, The Mandalorian continues serving up proof that Star Wars is a perfectly match for live-action television. The latest Disney+ installment, titled "The Sin," featured big action sequences, big character turns and a surprisingly emotional mini-arc for Pedro Pascal's helmeted bounty hunter. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the episode is that in the end, Mando had gone from an envied bounty hunter to becoming a financially lucrative bounty himself.
Thankfully, the Mandalorian's initially heartless treatment of Baby Yoda was reversed during the installment, and the pair were once again heading off into space for the next leg of this exciting journey. To be expected, the episode also left viewers with much curiosity about what was seen and what's still to come. Join us in running down six big questions we had after "The Sin." (In case you missed our previous features, here are the questions we had after Episode 1 and Episode 2.)
What Is The Client Doing With Baby Yoda?
I'm sure few viewers actually thought Baby Yoda was a goner after being traded to The Client, but its adorable little whimpers didn't exactly inspire optimism. Things got even grimmer when Mando overheard The Client telling Dr. Pershing to "extract the necessary material and be done with it," despite Pershing's plea that there were explicit orders to bring it back alive, with "it" presumably meaning Baby Yoda.
The main theory here is that Dr. Pershing is sapping Baby Yoda of Force-friendly midichlorians, potentially for developing a new wave of Force-sensitive beings. But is that the case, or will Jon Favreau have another big twist ready to shake things up? As well, who is the person that has tasked Pershing and The Client with retrieving Baby Yoda, and how important is it that he and Pershing want to keep the youngish guy alive?
Why Didn't Baby Yoda Try To Save Itself?
Clearly, not very much is known about Baby Yoda in terms of its powers or its connection to the Force, though those powers were confirmed during Mando's fight with the mudhorn. However, whenever The Child (as it is called in the show) was being handled by the Stormtroopers and Pershing after The Mandalorian traded it over, it didn't seem to make any attempts to Force a way out of the situation. Why not, Baby Yoda?
To be fair, when Baby Yoda helped Mando battle the mudhorn, it appeared to be more about protective instincts than planning, so it's possible that the young creature doesn't have a full sense of what to do with its Force connection when impulsive panic isn't involved. If that's indeed the case, Baby Yoda may not have been aware that it could extract itself from dangerous situations, though it did seem fully aware that the trade-off was a major threat.
Is Carl Weathers' Greef Carga A Full-On Villain Now?
While I would theoretically be fine with Carl Weathers' bounty hunter Greef Carga appearing weekly in boisterous cantina-set sequences on The Mandalorian, the character's role within the narrative seemingly got a big boost during "The Sin." After Mando and Greef's initial scene showcased the former's intention to take another job that would get Baby Yoda out of his head, the tables turned once the Mandalorian once again broke Guild code by going back and re-retrieving Baby Yoda.
Greef was part of the big shootout at the end of the episode, in which Mando was targeted by every other bounty hunter in the area, and it initially looked like Weathers' character was killed by a blaster shot to the chest. However, Greef's pocketed Beskar blocked the beam from going through his body, and since he almost definitely sees the Mandalorian as an enemy now (as do most other bounty hunters), does that mean Carl Weathers will be a villain for the remainder of the show? Or is he technically in the right under these circumstances?
Will We Learn More About Mando's Past?
Pedro Pascal's hero visited the Armorer with his newly acquired Beskar – which is an interpersonal relationship that I'd love to dive into at some point – and as his armor was being fashioned, audiences were treated to Mando's hectic flashbacks to his childhood. While not much context was given within the moment, some of those dots were connected elsewhere. Young Mando was a survivor of the Mandalorian Purge that forced the remaining population into hiding. He was saved in the nick of time by his parents, who placed him in a storage cellar and got killed soon after.
It previously wasn't quite clear whether The Mandalorian would look back into the past to show what the character's life was like before his face became permanently hidden behind a helmet. But now we've seen that he was orphaned at a young age, which offers some potential explanations for his character traits, and the question now becomes "How much more are we going to see from Mando's rise to bounty hunter glory?" And also, "How many training montages will it include?"
What Planet Will The Mandalorians Go To Next?
After the hero's fellow Mandalorians showed up just in time to save both the day and Baby Yoda, it was made clear that they would all need to vacate that planet in order to find another location to hide out in. After all, "This is the way." The Mandalorian hasn't so far displayed the franchise's penchant for hammering home the location identification, and I'm wondering if that might have been an intentional ploy setting up a more familiar planet's return in the near future.
The Mandalorian group could certainly find a random new planet to temporarily take shelter on, but a Star Wars fan like Jon Favreau very likely has something more interesting in store for audiences. Even if their new setting itself isn't the most recognizable planet within this fictional universe, perhaps it will be a place where another important character crosses paths with the titular bounty hunter. And maybe he can get himself one of those jetpacks once everyone gets settled, too.
Why Isn't All Stormtrooper Armor Fireproof?
I love a flamethrower as much as the next person, and I am especially welcoming of compact versions that fit onto someone's wrist. So yes, much glee is had watching Mando's liberal use of fire. However, I realized during Episode 3 that I buy into the flamethrower's impact far more when it's being used against humanoids and fleshy creatures, as opposed to those who are decked out head-to-toe in protective armor. It just makes me all the more curious why Stormtroopers aren't already fitted with fireproof armor.
Logistically, fireproof armor is probably expensive or hard to create, but Star Wars narratives don't need to rely on logistics, so I kind of wish it was previously canonized that everyday Stormtrooper armor was mostly impervious to flames. (Outside of say, being thrown directly onto a star.) When the Mandalorian burned that one Stormtrooper to the point where its armor was singed black, it was pretty cool, sure. But then it was also a major waste of fuel, since those flames would have come more in handy during the bounty hunter shootout later. Not the most important question about the show's future, perhaps, but one that struck me all the same.
Many other questions come to mind when thinking about The Mandalorian's third episode, naturally. Questions about the potential on-screen introduction of the Bounty Hunter Guild, or what the deeper meaning was behind Mando scoffing about the New Republic, and more. For now, though, we'll just have to keep mulling things over while waiting for Episode 4. (Don't have a Disney+ subscription yet? No problem, just sign up here.)