The Mandalorian strikes back with season two


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The Disney Plus original series “The Mandalorian” strikes back with season two and provides more of the compelling relationship between The Mandalorian and his surrogate son. 

Although the first season of “The Mandalorian” ends with the titular character, Din Dijarin, being thrusted with the duty of returning a child to its rightful people. The second season focuses entirely on this quest and the growing relationship between Din and his companion. 

“We follow this story for two seasons; there’s this bond that grows between the two of them,” actor Pedro Pascal said in an interview with Cinemablend. “He tries to not let himself soften, but he cannot help himself.” 

Due to the rules set in place by Din’s own culture, he is forced to wear a helmet and not show his face to any living being. In spite of this, he breaks his own code two times within the season- an action that is not taken lightly. What both instances have in common is they were done with the child in mind. 

When The Child is taken from Din and he’s left with little resources, he goes to great lengths to get him back. He goes as far as to not only break his code, but to change his armor into something else for a disguise.

The first season shows us that Din values his culture, as it’s his way of life. Even when faced with the choice of death or removing his helmet, he chooses death.The first season establishes this early on. However, each time Din does remove his helmet it’s a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

“This practical story logic brought something else about that moment, what it would mean to touch his face,” Pascal said in the same interview.

During the final moments of the second season, one of The Child’s own people arrives to save the protagonist. This comes as a bittersweet moment, as now Din must hand The Child over to them and put an end to his quest. 

Before he can depart, Din removes his helmet and allows The Child to touch his face as they say goodbye. For many episodes, the helmet has protected Din from showing his vulnerable side, as it hid his emotions. However in this moment, he lowers down his defenses and gives into his emotions.

The second season of “The Mandalorian” not only provided interesting action and characters, but gave audiences a relationship that grew naturally. For these reasons, I believe it by far surpasses the first season, and gives Din Dijarin the character depth that he deserves.