Another week means another episode of The Mandalorian and another list of hanging questions, this time for season 2 episode 7, “The Believer.” Last week left Mando at galactic rock-bottom, having lost the Child to Moff Gideon’s forces and the Razor Crest to a brutal orbital bombardment. “The Tragedy” ended with Din setting off with Fennec Shand and Boba Fett in search of former Imperial trooper Migs Mayfeld (Bill Burr), in the hopes that the convict’s history would help locate and liberate the Child.
“The Believer” picks up the action right there, with Cara Dune springing Mayfield from his New Republic labor camp to join the crew of Slave 1. Din wants the location of Gideon’s cruiser, and Mayfield claims he can obtain it with his old codes if they can get him to an Imperial terminal on the planet Morak. Din and Mayfield infiltrate the base (with the former swapping out his Mandalorian armor for a Stormtrooperr disguise) after being chased by pirates, but run into trouble once inside.
Afraid that Mayfield may be recognized, Din foregoes his code in the interest of finding the Child, removing his own helmet and baring his face for the terminal to scan. After successfully acquiring the data, the two blast their way out with the help of Cara, Fennec, and Fett. In the end, Dune opts to let Mayfield walk free, rather than return him to prison.
While not the most twisty or lore-heavy episodes of season 2, “The Believer” still delivers on action, drama, and a fantastic buildup to the inevitable heist in next week’s finale. The tension has continued building, and the proper showdown is just around the corner. With so many pieces put in place over the past two months, it’ll be interesting to see which ones return and how they’ll impact this season’s last outing.
Obviously, the season 2 finale will see Din and crew undertake a direct infiltration of Gideon’s cruiser. The question that remains is not if, but how. The ship is loaded with the Moff’s best group of Stormtroopers, as well as a whole platoon of the new Dark Troopers, and Gideon himself, wielding the Darksaber. And that’s just on the inside.
Breaking into an Arquitens-class cruiser mid-flight will be task in and of itself. Whether they try to sneak under the radar or blast through a squadron of Tie Fighters and exterior guns, the motley crew of Slave 1 have their work cut out for them.
Depending on the plan, Din could potentially bring in some additional forces to join the fight. Cara Dune is now a marshal for the New Republic, a faction that would surely like to know Gideon’s whereabouts and have a chance to take him down.
X-wings would make the break-in part a little easier at the very least, but that might require revealing more about Grogu than Din is willing to do. Other possible allies include Bo-Katan Kryze, who’s previously been searching for Gideon to reclaim the Darksaber, and Ahsoka Tano, who’s developed a soft spot for Grogu and could glean useful information from the Remnant to help her search for Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Suffice it to say that a lot of familiar faces have a chance at reappearing before season 2 is over and done. But that doesn’t mean they will. The recent announcements of Disney’s upcoming Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic spinoff shows could indicate that this season’s introduction of certain characters was meant to set up future series, not to set up more appearances in The Mandalorian.
With that in mind, Bo-Katan seems the most likely candidate to come back. She’s been specifically looking for Gideon some time, and her quest for the Darksaber means she has all the motivation she needs to join the cause.
It’s also possible that a new character could appear in the season finale – either someone never seen before, or past Star Wars big-timer making their Mandalorian debut. Perhaps most likely, Grogu’s trance on the Tython seeing stone might mean other Force-sensitives entering the fray. Luke Skywalker? Princess Leia? Ezra Bridger?
Doubtful, yes, but anything could happen. Depending on how the season wraps up, there could even be a hint at a grander plot going forward. A hologram transmission from Grand Admiral Thrawn? Fans will have to wait and see.
It seems like every passing episode of The Mandalorian reveals a new level of Moff Gideon’s Imperial remnant. What started in season 1 as a ragtag group of beat-up, backwater Stormtroopers now includes a sizable fleet, secret weapons, mysterious Force experiments, and numerous hidden bases. Given that the Empire had major military presences all across the galaxy, it makes sense that a good portion would remain even after the Death Star’s destruction and the subsequent fighting.
Even still, “The Believer” makes the remnant appear even more powerful and expansive than previously believed. If a base with the size, scale, and technological might of the one in the episode exists on Morak, similar bases with similar strength could easily exist in hiding all over the Outer Rim.
Stray lines throughout season 2 suggest that Gideon has kept his power well-hidden from both the New Republic and general denizens of the galaxy, all of whom could be in for a rude awakening when he finally fully shows his hand.
The biggest moment in “The Believer” came toward the end of the episode, when Din willingly removed his helmet to get the information on Grogu’s location. It built dramatically through the first act, and the visual discomfort on Din’s face as he did the deed hit hard in the moment.
With all the troopers and officers who saw him confirmed (or at least presumed) dead by the episode’s conclusion, only Mayfield walks away having seen Mando’s face and lived. Still, the question remains – is Din Djarin straying from the Mandalorian code?
In short, no. He only removes his helmet to obtain data necessary for rescuing the Child. Given that Grogu is a foundling under Din’s care, the code dictates he do whatever is necessary to protect him. In that way, he only broke the code to keep the code, a paradox that nonetheless makes a certain kind of sense. Still, Din may not be as strictly adherent to the code as he once was.
His separation from his original covert, their subsequent demise, and run-in with Bo-Katan’s clan – a group that does not adhere to the no-face rule – have all likely complicated his view of his own Mandalorian identity. The mask code was a stricture of the Death Watch, a faction that in most ways was seen as quite radical. Though Mando was raised according to their creed, he could be slowly diverging from their teachings.
With the finale looming, this is the big unknown. A future programming plan that includes two spinoffs and much more Mandalorian suggests season 2 won’t end neatly. At the very least, Gideon will likely escape to continue his fascist campaign, Mando will stay loosely on the run, and the quest for other Jedi will go on. The details though? That’s another story.
If Bo-Katan returns, the finale could point season 3’s story towards Mandalore itself. A hint of Thrawn could throw the Imperial remnant into an even more actively antagonistic role. And of course, there’s no guarantee that Grogu will even manage to escape. Whatever happens, it should be exciting to watch it all play out when The Mandalorian finishes its second season next week.