Warning: the information that follows contains material from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian season 3 spoilers that may or may not affect upcoming episodes of The Mandalorian.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian has recently started, and it has a lot of religious overtones. Din Djarin is attempting to reintegrate with his people, the Mandalorian tribe known as the Children of the Watch, after recently reuniting with his adoptive son Grogu. Yet, Din’s steadfast obsession with “the way” is considerably more troubling for those of us who know exactly who our parents are than it already is at face value.
Din Djarin is a foundling who was rescued by Mandalorians when his village was attacked by Separatist battle droids during the Clone Wars, as we know from earlier episodes of The Mandalorian. Yet as can be seen from the logo on their shoulder pauldrons, Din wasn’t just saved by any Mandalorian; he was saved by a Death Watch Mandalorian.
Yet after continually failing to retake the planet, Death Watch finally broke up into two distinct factions: the Mandalore resistance, which was headed by Bo-Katan, and an oddly-led squad of Mandalorian super commandos under the direction of Darth Maul. With the resistance cooperating with Jedi like Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the two sects fought for control of Mandalore (Maul wanted to reign, but Bo-squad Katan’s wanted to aid in restoring Satine). Both Vizsla and Satine ultimately perished in these battles, and the empire promptly dropped fusion bombs on the planet’s surface to obliterate Mandalore.
Yet, who are Death Watch? During the Clone Wars, the organisation of Mandalorians, originally commanded by Pre Vizsla (the father of Jon Favreau’s character in The Mandalorian, Paz Viszla), sought to retake Mandalore and transform the planet back into the martial monolith it once was. Notably, Vizsla planned to take over the planet from then-Duchess Satine Kryze, who was attempting to bring Mandalore to heel. Satine Kryze is Bo-Katan Kryze’s sister.
Hence, the phrase “Children of the Watch” refers to the offspring of former Death Watch members. Bo-Katan has never had children, therefore with Paz Vizsla present, we can fairly infer that they are the offspring of the Mandalore super commandos—the very same ones who intended to wage war on everyone and who, of all people, allied themselves with Darth Maul (I mean, urm, of all Zabrak). And the Armorer—the member of the crew who seems the most devout—could be Rook Kast, the former commander of the Mandalorian super commandos under Maul, as a popular Star Wars YouTuber has suggested above. Those horns are beginning to appear a bit sharper, huh?
Din was brought up according to the customs and religious beliefs of the Children of the Watch. So yep, he belongs to a strange murder cult.
Din visits the destroyed planet of Mandalore in the second episode, which aired last week on Disney Plus, to atone for taking off his helmet (which is definitely not “the way,” guys). Bo-Katan Kryze, the legitimate heir of Mandalore, who visits her own planet for the first time since it was destroyed, twice saves him there. Bo-Katan encounters the Mythosaur, a huge underwater beast that Star Wars fans will be familiar with, when she dives in to save him yet again. According to the Armorer in an earlier episode, “the songs of aeons before spoke of…rising up to herald a new age of Mandalore,” the fairly obscurely titled Mythosaur is a Mandalorian legend. The Mythosaur serves as the mascot for Mandalore, a planet notorious for its division into several clans and political groups. But up until this point, even the most devoted Mandalorians thought the creature was a myth.
The Children of the Watch might become even more fervent and cult-like as a result of the evidence of its existence, Bo-Katan might have her trust in Mandalore restored, and/or Din might intensify his propagation of his cult family’s ideas. Yet the whole effect is very bizarre.
- The whole, horrifying nature of the Mandalorian death cult has hardly been revealed
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