The third season of The Mandalorian wastes no time taking Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu to Mandalore so Din can bathe in the waters below the mines and thus be redeemed. It’s not a smooth journey for Din, as he gets imperiled not once but twice. Who will come to his rescue? Let’s find out.
The second episode begins with Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) negotiating ship repairs with a Rodian. It turns out Jawas stripped the ship for parts, so Peli makes them cough up the stolen parts and put them back. Just then, Din and Grogu set down in the landing bay. Din lets Peli know he’s looking for the IG memory circuit, but the Jawas don’t have one. Instead, Peli talks Din into buying an uber-anxious R5 astromech who in no way wants to go exploring on Mandalore. Din buys him anyway, and they’re off toward the Mandalorian home planet.
Din tells Grogu some history of the planet, calling it “the homeworld of our people,” once again cementing the fact that the child, too, is a Mandalorian foundling. It’s a bumpy ride through the atmosphere, but they land soundly. They won’t be able to communicate with anyone off-planet, however. R5 goes scouting, but he’s gone for too long, so Din goes to investigate. He faces off in a short skirmish against a band of ogres. Din still can’t quite wield the Darksaber with real expertise, but he slashes his way through the foes anyway. He finds R5 turned over on his back nearby and returns him to the ship. The fight seems like an awkward blip in the story’s narrative but does set up the creatures we’ll see again later in the episode.
R5 confirms that the air of Mandalore isn’t actually poisonous, so little Grogu can ride around in his crib without danger. Din and the baby reach the Civic Center, under which Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) claimed they could find the mines. While exploring, Din discovers a Mandalorian helmet. When he lifts it, however, an insect-looking cyborg rips through the sand below, grasping Din in its metal grip. Grogu follows Din to the creature’s hideout, and after a failed prison break, Din instructs him to find Bo-Katan.
Bo to the rescue! Maybe. Will Grogu’s big, sad eyes convince her to help? Yes, who would that not work on? Begrudgingly, she leaves her castle to make the trip to Mandalore and save our Din-in-distress. She flies to the planet and takes the path with Grogu until they find the place where the creature took Din. This part feels repetitive, but it’s hard to get around this repeated journey considering the chosen structure of the episode. What keeps it from feeling like a total retread is Bo-Katan’s brief history lessons for Grogu. She shares about her family and the history of the Mandalorians and Jedi working together. They’re then attacked once again by the ogres before (called “alamites”), but Bo-Katan makes short work of these baddies.
The cyborg is experimenting on Din in his evil lair, but Bo-Katan storms in and fights the creature off. When she drives the Darksaber through its heart (a weapon she wields far more expertly than Din), it doesn’t kill it. It just causes a hermit-crab-like part of it to crawl away and into its giant mecha suit—no worries; Bo-Katan chops that apart with the saber too.
After the fight and Din’s release, Bo-Katan offers to take Din back to her ship, but he insists on forging ahead to the mines. She agrees to guide him to it. She also mentions for, what, the third time in this episode that she and her family were rulers? It suggests she might still be bitter about losing the Darksaber and any hope of returning to her role as royalty.
After Bo-Katan shares even more history, it’s time for Din to take the plunge into the waters. Quite literally. He removes his cape and–oh no!–his jetpack. Big mistake because when he descends the steps and hits the water, he drops like a rock. Bo-Katan dives in after him, and as she swims to the surface, she passes a huge eye–the eye of a Mythosaur, one of the ancient beings previously thought to be extinct. The episode cuts to black as Din and Bo gasp for air on the rocky surface.
It’s a weird place to stop! Although more compelling, focused, and lore-rich than the season premiere, this episode still struggles with awkward structure. However, it leaves unanswered questions for the rest of the season to explore. Has Din correctly bathed in the waters? How will he prove this to the Armorer (Emily Swallow) if so? What is the significance of the Mythosaur’s present-day existence? Will Bo-Katan change her mind about Mandalore? Right now, these don’t seem strong enough to carry an entire season, so it will be interesting to see where else the story goes.