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The Mandalorian: An Evolution from Ruthless Bounty Hunter to Ultimate Space-Dad

Annlyel takes a retrospective look at the relationship between Mando and Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian. The shock that it exists is still fresh in my mind. A couple of years ago I could’ve only dreamed about a live-action Star Wars series as fantastic as The Mandalorian. Now, it’s reality. Participating in a fun rewatch of the first and second episodes of the series the other day reminded me of how far the show’s title character, The Mandalorian, has come.

The Mandalorian Chapter 1 - IG-11

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

Remember how the show begins? We see the series’ main character holding a tracking fob as he locates his bounty. In the first few minutes of the show, our Mando is completely silent, giving us a chance to feel him out and absorb his unwavering coolness. He eventually speaks to the man who will receive him his bounty reward as the criminal tries to talk him out of turning him.

“I can bring you in warm…or I can bring you in cold.”

Those are the first words spoken by our amazing Mandalorian. Immediately you get the sense that this guy means business. And he does. But then, as the season progresses, that all-business facade is slowly broken down as we see this super-intense and kind-of-intimidating bounty hunter become this soft and truly caring caretaker of what is undoubtedly the cutest thing in Star Wars; The Child or, as he is most popularly known, Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda The Mandalorian

How does this man who speaks about killing a criminal with such lackadaisical sincerity turn into the same man who will do anything to protect essentially a baby with incredible powers? It’s a story unlike anything I’ve ever seen and it definitely isn’t the story that I expected but guess what? That’s why this show is so perfect.

The Mandalorian Flamethrower

One of the reasons why The Sin is my second favorite episode in the eight-episode series is because it highlights Mando as the ultimate space-dad that he is. To save The Child, he takes on Imperial troopers and an entire bounty hunter guild, nearly perishing in the process if it weren’t for the other Mandalorians to save the day. That’s called a committed father.

It’s so sweet! 💕

But we can’t forget, he’s still a bounty hunter. We were heavily reminded of that fact in the sixth episode The Prisoner when, to obtain some much-needed money, he was forced on a mission with four bounty hunters to rescue a fellow comrade of his from the past. A mission that allowed his ultimate-warrior side to truly shine in a bunch of lovably different ways. But at the end of the day, he was still the ultimate space-dad saving the day. I love it.

The Crew - The Mandalorian Chapter 6

I can’t wait to see more bounty-hunter/space-dad action in this year’s highly-anticipated second season. It’s sure to be a blast again.

I have spoken.

 

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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!

 

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