Who Is The Mandalorian: 7 Things We Know So Far About The Character

Who is the Mandalorian? That’s a tricky question to answer. Since making his big debut in Fall 2019 on Disney+, fans have slowly been introduced to the Pedro Pascal character, with “slowly” being the operative word given that the protagonist is a stoic and mysterious figure who doesn’t make a habit of sharing his story with the outside world. That being said, over the course of The Mandalorian's first season, we did learn a collection of interesting facts about the reluctant hero, and that’s exactly what brings us here today.

Reviewing the existing episodes of The Mandalorian, we’ve plucked out all of the key information that we’ve learned about the titular character so far, and while some details may seem fairly minor, they are relatively significant when you consider what an enigmatic figure the bounty hunter cuts. So without further ado, here are seven key things we know about The Mandalorian thus far.

The Mandalorian’s Name Is Din Djarin

Throughout The Mandalorian, the lead character is hailed by most people with the simple nickname “Mando” – an homage on behalf of the filmmakers to Clint Eastwood’s classic western character The Man With No Name. By the end of the first season, however, we do wind up learning his actual name: Din Djarin. It’s not a handle most people know outside of the Mandalorian community, but it is information possessed by the character developing as the hero’s greatest enemy: Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon.

The Mandalorian Doesn’t Show His Face To Any Living Things

There are many rules involved with being a Mandalorian, as the creed is basically a practiced religion, and one of the most significant is that a member of the group is never meant to show their face to any living thing. While they can remove their helmet to eat, heal, and breathe, they can’t do so if anybody is around – otherwise they can never put the helmet back on. As a result of this, we don’t see much of Pedro Pascal’s face in Season 1, but there is a loophole found in the finale when Taika Waititi’s IG-11 is able to take off the bounty hunter’s headpiece because he technically isn’t alive.

The Mandalorian Was Once A Foundling

While some Mandalorians are born into the creed, others find their way into it as a result of being adopted as children, as these individuals are known as Foundlings. Din Djarin grew up as one of these rescued pups. During the fall of The Republic, Din’s parents were killed by a droid during a raid on his hometown, and while the droid would have killed him as well, he was rescued by a troop of Mandalorians. He was then trained in the Fighting Corps, giving him the excellent skills he demonstrates on a regular basis.

The Mandalorian’s Not A Big Fan Of Droids

As a general rule, people who experienced the death of their parents at a young age typically don’t love to be reminded of the trauma, and that very much explains the relationship between Din Djarin and droids. Throughout The Mandalorian Season 1, the character doesn’t make any effort to hide his prejudice against the anthropomorphized machines, and you don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to understand that it’s probably because droids murdered his parents. It will be interesting to see how this bias is maintained in The Mandalorian Season 2 following the development of his relationship with IG-11 and watching the bounty hunter destroy itself so that Din, Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), and The Child could get away from Imperial forces.

The Mandalorian Wears A Helmet And Armor Made Of Beskar Steel

The Mandalorian’s helmet and armor not only look entirely badass, but there is a significant extra dose of history that comes with their form. The material from which the protective equipment is made is called Beskar Steel, which is a key metal in the history of the Mandalorian creed as they have used it to make armor for generations. Its innate value also lets it be utilized as a currency, though it’s not easy to find given that the Empire hoarded a great deal of it during its rule. What’s ultimately most important for Din Djarin is that it’s impressively battle-resistant, saving the hero’s life numerous times.

The Mandalorian Has A Jetpack, Flamethrower, Grappling Hook, And Many Other Useful Tools

As established frequently throughout the show, the Mandalorians are a prideful bunch, particularly when it comes to their reputation as elite fighters and bounty hunters. Whether it’s Din Djarin or others, the show is frequently demonstrating their impressive skills – which includes not only great physical acuity, but also awesome tool handling. To get his various jobs done, the series’ eponymous hero has numerous instruments at his disposal, including wrist-mounted flamethrowers and grappling hooks. He’s also shown to use detonators, has multiple kinds up pistols and rifles, and at the end of Season 1 becomes one of the Mandalorians who operate the Rising Phoenix a.k.a. uses a jetpack.

The Mandalorian Flies A Ship Called The Razor Crest

One of the most iconic ships in the Star Wars universe is Boba Fett’s Slave I in the original trilogy, so the filmmakers behind The Mandalorian had their work cut out for them designing a transport for the show’s eponymous lead. What they ended up creating is the Razor Crest – which suits all of Din Djarin’s needs. It has plenty of storage space for weapons, a carbonite freezing chamber for transporting bounties, and unscrewable knobs that The Child can play with while The Mandalorian navigates the depths of space hopping from planet to planet.

Clearly we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg so far when it comes to the titular character on The Mandalorian, but the good news is that there is going to be plenty more time to learn more. The Disney+ series has already been renewed for not only Season 2, but also Season 3, so be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend as the Star Wars franchise continues to showcase the crazy life of its best bounty hunting hero.

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