The Mandalorian's season 2 premiere was great, but it also left a lot of questions hanging. Here's our roundup for the first episode, "The Marshal."
The Mandalorian is finally back, and the season 2 premiere has left Star Wars fans with as many questions as answers. “The Marshal” gave a fascinating, beautiful, and educational close-up look at life on Tatooine in the days following the Empire’s fall, from a small town's relations with Tusken Raiders to local wildlife and economics. It also set up what will likely be some season-long arcs – most notably, the confirmed survival and return of Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison).
Din Djarin’s mission at the end of season 1 was clear: find Baby Yoda’s “kind” – the Jedi – and return him home. At the beginning of season 2, Mando is searching for other Mandalorians, hoping to connect with their secret underground network and learn more about and find the Jedi. In the season premiere, that quest leads Din back to Tatooine following a rumor of a Mandalorian living in the Dune Sea town of Mos Pelgo.
There Din meets Cobb Vanth, the town marshal, who wears the Beskar armor of famed bounty hunter Boba Fett. In exchange for the armor, Din agrees to help Vanth kill a local krayt dragon that’s been terrorizing Mos Pelgo, and along the way brokers a tenuous truce between the local tribe of Tusken Raiders and the residents of the town. In the last shot, Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett is seen observing Din from afar. From start to finish, “The Marshal” delivers on action, story, and worldbuilding, but it also leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
How Did Boba Fett Survive?
The most pressing questions, obviously, surround the now-confirmed survival of Boba Fett. In canon, the bounty hunter was last seen tumbling into the Great Pit of Carkoon to be seemingly devoured by the sarlacc. In the final shot of “The Marshal,” a grizzled, scarred, armorless Fett is seen observing Din Djarin from a nearby ridge. But how did he survive?
With luck, we’ll get a concrete answer to that question soon. However, there was a potential clue earlier on in the episode. In the climax battle, the krayt dragon is shown to have a powerful digestive acid that it uses as a projectile weapon. Several Sand People are immediately vaporized when struck by it, yet when Mando enters the belly of the beast to deliver the killing blow, he emerges with only a slimy ooze coating his armor.
Why Didn't The Acid Melt The Mandalorian?
The natural explanation is that Beskar steel is strong enough to endure the acid and keep the wearer alive. Given that the sarlacc is famed primarily for its slow, torturous digestion, it would make sense that Boba Fett could have survived the initial fall into the sarlacc and blasted his way out thanks to his own Mandalorian steel, meaning the same is the case for Din's armor.
Granted, the Mandalorian isn't covered every inch in acid, so bing swallowed whole by the krayt dragon would presumably melt his non-Beskar parts, but we can either assume that fabric is somehow also protective, or just chalk it up to the need for a slight suspension of disbelief.
How Will Boba Fett's Armor Help Mando?
Din Djarin went to great lengths to acquire Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armor. Partially, it seemed to be a matter of honor. The Mandalorian code dictates only Mandalorians are permitted to wear the Beskar battle suits, which is why Mando appeared willing to kill Vanth for it. However, now that he has it, what will he do with it?
From a narrative perspective, the armor will likely be used as a device to bring Fett and Din into contact with one another. But it could have other benefits for Mando as well. Obviously, Beskar is incredibly rare and valuable, and having a replacement set would be handy (and cool for fans if Din adopted any of Fett’s suit onto his own). It’s also possible that the armor could be used as a sort of tribute/offering to other Mandalorians, instilling trust in another covert when Mando finds one.
Is Slavery Still On Tatooine?
Cobb Vanth’s backstory shed some light on what happened to Tatooine in the years following A New Hope. It seems that for at least some period of time leading up to the destruction of the second Death Star, the Empire had a full military occupation of the Outer Rim planet – something which was not present when Luke Skywalker was growing up. In all likelihood, the Empire maintained a presence in Mos Eisley and the surrounding areas after deploying the battalion in A New Hope to search for R2-D2 and C-3PO.
While slavery was common on Tatooine before the Imperial era (due to its distance from the Republic), it’s unknown if that practice continued under the Empire. Jabba retained slaves through his death in Return of the Jedi, but Cobb Vanth’s reference to Mos Pelgo becoming “a slave town overnight” after the Death Star’s destruction suggests the practice had become at least less common in the larger communities of Tatooine. The level to which slavery continues through the days of The Mandalorian, however, is unclear.
Will The Tusken Raider Truce Last?
“The Marshal” does a lot to develop the Tusken Raiders’ culture, customs, and role in the Star Wars universe. Season 1 of The Mandalorian made some small strides in that direction, but the season 2 premiere does way more with the Sand People than has ever been done before, legitimizing them in a way that George Lucas never did. They are still “brutal,” as Mando says, but they also seem to have a consistent code of honor, through which Din brokers a peace between them and the townsfolk of Mos Pelgo.
Whether or not that peace will last, however, is unclear. It seems likely that Cobb Vanth will return in the future, which likely means a return to his small corner of the Outer Rim. With all the time “the Marshal” spends adding nuance to the Tuskens, it seems most likely that they would come back as allies if at all. The townsfolk, on the other hand, could easily frighten themselves into instigating more violence.
Whose Podracer Is That?
Yes, you saw that right – Cobb Vanth’s makeshift speeder seems to be built out of an old podracer engine. Specifically, it looks incredibly similar to the one Anakin Skywalker builds and races in The Phantom Menace. However, a few key difference make it hard to say for sure.
For one, the yellow fins on the front of Vanth’s speeder – strikingly similar to those on Anakin’s pod – are much shorter. There are also only two fins to Anakin’s three. These are relatively minor differences though, and the rest is spot-on – the tube-like front piece and the fanned exhaust port in the back in particular. However, since The Mandalorian takes place over 4 decades after Anakin built this pod, its unlikely the speeder will become anything more than a visual Easter egg for fans, but it’s a fun inclusion nonetheless.
Where Are The Other Mandalorians?
Despite a very exciting adventure on Tatooine, Mando’s hunt for others of his kind is still ongoing at the end of “The Marshal.” Given the secrecy Mandalorians have adopted to protect themselves, other coverts will be difficult to uncover, even for Din. And it won’t be any easier with the heat of the Imperial remnants following him.
The bigger question for fans may be which other Mandalorians will appear? Now that the rumors of Timothy Olyphant’s Cobb Vanth and Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett have proved true, the other casting rumors that preceded season 2’s premiere seem likely. Those rumors include a possible appearance from Star Wars: Rebels’ Sabine Wren and Bo-Katan Kryze. As two of the last wielders of the Darksaber, Bo-Katan and Sabine both seem like likely candidates to return and claim the saber. Only time will tell. The Mandalorian season 2 still has lots in store.