The Mandalorian Chapter 13

My face at exactly 2 minutes and 22 seconds into the episode.

Normally I wait until Friday evening to watch the new episode considering I work at 5:30 am every day but I knew I needed to see this episode the moment it dropped and boy was I right! I can officially say this episode is my favorite to date. If you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet be sure you do as soon as possible. They fit so much into 45 minutes so let’s talk about it.

Ahsoka.

The moment that so many of us have been waiting for finally happened last night and it did not disappoint. I love the fact that they didn’t make us wait for her, the episode just started off running. I knew the moment I saw her lightsabers it was her and I about screamed. Being a huge fan of Ashley Eckstein I had my reservations about someone else playing Ahsoka but I think Dawson did her character justice. She clearly studied her as she nailed both the movements and facial expressions. My only small takeaway was her lekku, they were a lot shorter than they should have been. I’m sure there is a reason for this, possibly that it may have been harder to do the required action scenes if they were as long as they should have been. Regardless this was a very small issue and definitely not enough to ruin her character for me.

Morai.

Did you spot Morai hanging in the tree? It’s been up for debate on whether or not it was her but I think it makes that she would be there. For those of you who don’t know, Morai is a female convor with ties to the Daughter, a Force wielder native to the world of Mortis. The Daughter gave her life essence to Ahsoka in an episode of The Clone Wars and Morai has been watching over Ahsoka ever since.

Anakin.

Although she didn’t name him, we know Anakin is who she was talking about, I wasn’t ready for the sadness that moment brought me. If you haven’t watched The Clone Wars yet I think it’s an absolute must. You will see how strong the bond between Anakin and Ahsoka was and the transition to Vader all the more heartbreaking.

He has a name!

The Child has officially been named. Thanks to Ahsoka being able to communicate with him we learned his name is Grogu. We also learned a bit about his past, Grogu was raised at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. At the end of the Clone Wars when the Empire rose to power, he was hidden. He has pretty much had a rough life since then. He also has a strong connection with Din which makes sense, he’s basically like his father at this point. The feeling is obviously mutual, you can see how hard it was going to be to leave him when Din went to get him from the ship for Ahsoka. Ultimately Ahsoka tells Din she cannot train Grogu but instead sends him to the planet Tython. There, on the top of a mountain, if Grogu reaches out with the Force, another Jedi Master might just respond she tells him.

Lightsabers can’t cut through beskar.

During the first interaction between Din and Ahsoka, we learned that lightsabers can’t cut through beskar as they can just about anything else. We saw this again when she fought the magistrate who wielded a staff made out of the stuff. Now that Din has the staff I feel it will come in handy if he is to face off with Moff Gideon and his darksaber.

That name drop.

At the start of the episode, we learned Ahsoka was out to find the magistrate’s master who turned out to be none other than Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn is an Imperial officer who was first introduced to the Star Wars universe in Timothy Zahn’s novel “Heir to the Empire.” Eventually, he was introduced in season three of Star Wars Rebels which I also recommend watching if you haven’t yet.

So much awesomeness packed into 45 minutes! My thoughts after watching the episode are will we see Ahsoka again? Will we see Thrawn? I almost wonder if he will be the main villain in season three. What Jedi will come searching for Grogu? Will it be Ezra or maybe Luke? The future is uncertain but holds so many possibilities. There are only three episodes of this season left and I am not ready to wait another year for the answers. What are your thoughts on the episode? Leave a comment and let me know.

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