The Mandalorian explains is our ongoing series that keeps track of Lucasfilm’s saga about the galaxy’s most dangerous single father. In this post, we look at what happened in The Mandalorian Chapter 15 – the seventh episode of Season 2 – and consider our hero’s morale. Yes, there are spoilers here.
If there was any doubt how Mando Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) felt about Grogu before this week’s episode of The Mandalorian‘It’s gone now. The bounty hunter who went into a bar and snatched a Mythrol in Chapter 1 would barely recognize the Beskar-adorned papa from Chapter 15. Previous principles are changing. Honor is of little importance to the child at risk. This is the way.
As expected to uncover the whereabouts of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his violent prisoner Mando need the knowledge of the former imperial sniper Migs Mayfeld (Bill Burr). Republic of Marshall Cara Dune (Gina Carano) bends her own rules and ensures that Mayfeld falls under her care. Freed from his shackles, Mayfeld reluctantly agrees to help Mando in his search for the rescue of the “little green guy”. What options does he really have?
Mandalorian chapter 15, entitled “The Believer,” turns out to be a story of choice. When it comes to survival, both codes and ideologies are waffling. Faith breaks for the self-preservation and health of your loved ones. The decisions made under these circumstances define your character and determine your path.
With the razor crest in pieces, Mando relies on the support of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-na Wen) to pull him from one pit stop to the next. Mayfeld leads the crew to a Rhydonium refinery on the planet Morak to hopefully access an ISB scanner and locate Moff Gideon’s cruiser. In order to penetrate the base, Mando agrees to take off his precious armor and to be covered as a Juggernaut pilot next to Mayfeld.
This raises an eyebrow, but Mando reveals himself out of sight and slips into the Imperial gear with little more than a grumble. He’s not happy about it, but he has to get the child. That’s the mission.
For a good part of Mandalorian Chapter 15, Director Rick Famuyiwa turns the plot into a tribute to William Friedkin’s magician (and / or Henri-Georges Clouzet’s The Wages of Fear). The Rhydonium Mando and Mayfeld pull their Juggernaut in very volatile. You need to keep a slow and steady pace and avoid potholes if you want to keep your body from blowing to pieces.
As they drive through a Morak village, Mayfeld notices that the natives don’t care whether their planet is under the boots of the Empire or the Republic. It’s the same feeling that DJ (Benicio Del Toro) succinctly expresses in The Last Jedi. Justice creates oppression.
What is the difference between Mayfeld and Mando? To hear Migs about it, they’re very similar. They do what they have to do to see another day. If your head finds your pillow every night and your calm isn’t interrupted by nightmares, then that’s a victory.
Mando doesn’t have much time to argue as other Juggernauts explode on the street around them. They step on the gas when a gang of angry looters storm their ship. Mando calls them pirates, but they are not interested in raiding the Rhydonium. You want to blow it up.
Whatever their motives, Mando doesn’t have time to deal peacefully with these invaders. While Mayfeld controls the Juggernaut trickily on its stony path, Mando goes hand in hand with the bandits. You have no chance. Corpses lie in the street.
How are we supposed to feel when Mayfeld and Mando make it to their destination only to be greeted by cheering stormtroopers? Like garbage. Mando slaughtered those who would have been hailed as heroes in Return of the Jedi.
The soldier does not have time to think about his actions. He has to take Mayfeld to the IBS scanner. They continue to run into the exhibition hall, but there is a former Mayfeld commander, Valin Hess (eating his lunch).Richard Brake). If the sniper is detected, the job is broken.
With no other option offered, Mando enters. The scanner needs facial recognition, so the helmet will be removed for the first time this season. A few episodes ago, such an action would have deeply embarrassed Mando, but the code goes out the window with Grogu on the line.
The gesture is all free. Hess calls to Mando and Mayfeld has to step in to save his bacon. Hess doesn’t recognize Mayfeld, and that’s in the sniper. While the three men sit down for a drink, Mayfeld toasts Operation: Cinder.
We’ve heard this military action in Star Wars: Battlefront II, as well as in some comics and novels. It was one of the emperor’s last orders. Burn everything down in the event of his death. When Darth Vader threw his boss into the Death Star’s reactor shaft, hundreds of Imperial donkeys like Vess aimed their cannons at key territorial cities.
One of these cities was Burnin Konn, where Mayfeld was stationed. When Hess gave the order to carry out Operation: Cinder, he canceled Mayfeld’s train. Sharing a drink with Hess and listening to him explains why the galaxy needs order (maybe a first order?), Getting a little too much. Mayfeld returned Hess’ grin with a round blaster in his stomach.
All hell breaks loose. Mando and Mayfeld shoot their way out of the compound and climb aboard a falling slave I. When Boba Fett brings them to safety, Mayfeld aims at the rhydonium exposed on the Imperial base platform and fires. The whole damn place is breaking out.
Cara Dune is pleased with Mayfeld’s sniper skills and feels sorry for her prisoner. She lets Mayfeld skate and agrees to inform the Republic that he died in the explosion on Morak. Mayfeld, who doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, leaves quickly.
Mandalorian chapter 15 ends with Mando sending a holo message to Moff Gideon. It’s a warning. Buddy, Mando is coming and bringing hell. His final line on Gideon is a reflection of what the Moff Mando once said about Nevarro in Chapter 7: “He means more to me than you will ever know.”
The Moff may never know, but we definitely do. Mando made Grogu his mission. He’s going to compromise anything and everything to get the little guy out of the way, whether that means taking off his helmet, dishonoring his creed, or killing those who don’t have roll beef with them.
The second season of The Mandalorian was a big internal change for our main character. He opened his eyes. Mando eventually realizes that there is more to life than what the children of the guard gave him. There are other Mandalorians out there. There are other ways of life.
Grogu offers endless possibilities. The child is a bundle of hope in a galaxy plagued by strife and terror. The sensation he created in Mando is unlike anything the bounty hunter has ever experienced. With each passing day, Mando sacrifices his old life in order to come closer to fatherhood to this new one.