Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your jetpacks and charge up your blasters, because The Mandalorian Season 3 Ep 8 has dropped and the popular series concludes for another thrilling season! After two wildly successful seasons, the show that introduced us to the adorable and mysterious Baby Yoda (yes, we know it’s technically called Grogu now) is wrapping up with the promise of more adventures in a galaxy far, far away.
S P O I L E R S
Entitled “The Return”, The Mandalorian Season 3 Ep 8 was a straight-forward resolution to the story as set up in the previous episode. Din Djarin, now captured, needed to break free and take out Moff Gideon in order to assist in Bo-Katan’s quest to reunite the Mandalorians and recover their home world of Mandalore. There were no twists or turns to speak of, no double-crosses or betrayals, just a simple war for Mandalore.
In that respect, The Mandalorian Season 3 Ep 8 did its best to close satisfactorily the middling and muddled third season, and maybe also provided us with the story template moving forward. Some answers were indeed provided – the clones Gideon were making in the lab were of himself, and his effort to clone force-sensitive beings failed due to Din Djarin’s intervention. THIS is what Gideon wanted with Grogu, his force-sensitibity – also this provides answers to questions concerning Palaptine’s resurrection and Snoke’s creation – not that anyone had really asked.
Sure, if one wanted to nitpick there are several plot points that stretched the suspension of disbelief to breaking point. For example, if Grogu could repel such a conflagration then why could he not handle the Praetorian guards? In addition, how could Axe Wove’s jetpack carry him into Mandalore’s upper atmosphere? Not particularly fatal plot holes but these were gnawing at the back of our minds.
So that’s the end of another season of The Mandalorian. With Din Djarin and Grogu comfortably ensconced in Nevarro now and looking for employment with the New Republic, it appears that The Mandalorian will continue to be the vehicle by which Favreau explores the Star Wars galaxy post-ROTJ in a Tales of the New Republic type of serial. Good enough.
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