The Mandalorian reached its conclusion with a happy ending, tied up and simple. Grogu saved the day, and was officially adopted by Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and the two lived happily ever after on the farm, occasionally doing a bounty hunter job or two and tending to nature. After all, a more than deserved rest. Why did it feel rushed and simplistic?
Since digital platforms have multiplied direct access to original content, almost every fan has reacted like a screenwriter on duty, theorizing narratives, analyzing every detail, and discussing the film or series as if it were “their own”. Game of Thrones was one of the victims of this behavior, but Star Trek fans have exercised the “right” for decades. If they don’t like what they get, they react. I’m sure The Mandalorian‘s conclusion won’t be unanimous. In fact, it redeems the “blame” of flawed storytelling often pointed at George Lucas. The latest trilogy (“Somehow Palpatine is Back” is a classic) and the whole confusing narrative of The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan, and The Book of Boba Fett confirm that logic is not part of Star Wars Galaxy.
Getting the main doubts out of the way: we don’t have “Bo-Din”, we don’t have anyone dominating Mythosaurus, there are no traitors in the plural, no hero dies and Grogu doesn’t learn to speak. Din Djarin was arrested but managed to evade his captors spectacularly, with some surprise help from a smart Grogu. Father and son are unbeatable together. They destroy Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) plans in just a few minutes. Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) once again slays in battle and is the most recognized leader of the Mandalorians. But let’s go back.
The episode picks up right where we left off, with no time to breathe. In a swiftly coordinated action, Bo-Katan regroups her forces, and the Mandalorians – together – save their planet. Moff Gideon, what a surprise, lied and was actually working on a self-cloning project, but Din destroys all the copies. Gideon clearly wanted to be heir to Darth Maul, the Sith Lord of Mandalore, but Grogu got in the way. All left for him to do is talk!
If there’s not much plot twist, it makes up for it with an episode full of fight sequences, The Mandalorian‘s ending seems faster than it is. Although the romance between them remains in the desire of fans, Din Djarin and Bo-Katan are of the same stature and work as a team. Alone they cannot defeat Gideon, but with Grogu they form an unbeatable unit. I still root for the princess to seek retirement on the farm, but for now, the three are following parallel but separate paths. Will they return to Ahsoka, before the 4th season of the series?
Above all, we need to apologize to the Armorer (Emily Swallow) and Ax Woves (Simon Kassianides), accused of being spies and having escaped the fight when they were most needed. No villains in disguise, they were heroes.
The conclusion was not surprising, not innovative, but satisfying in the “traditional” way. Villains punished, good guys in Peace and we rooting for more!