The Mandalorian Season 2 Recap & Ending Explained: How It Sets Up Season 3

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The season 3 trailer of The Mandalorian has just been released, and fans are now excited to see what’s up next for our favorite Mandalorian. In that regard, we know for a fact that Din Djarin and Grogu are now on their way to their newest adventure. This unlikely duo is set to face new dangers and meet new people in the ongoing tale of The Mandalorian.

However, because it has been a while since season 2 was released, some fans might have forgotten the events of the second season of The Mandalorian and are now confused about how the events of season 2 were able to set up the upcoming events of season 3. So, with that said, we are here to give you a quick recap of what happened in season 2 of The Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Recap

After the events of season 1 of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin was now the only Mandalorian alive, as far as he knows, because his order was seemingly destroyed by Moff Gideon and the remnants of the Empire back in the early stages of the story. As such, season 2 of The Mandalorian kicked off with Djarin going to Tatooine because he heard rumors of a Mandalorian operating there. However, he found out that this Mandalorian was not a Mandalorian but was Cobb Vanth, the marshal of a small town called Mos Pelgo.

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Vanth said that he bought the Mandalorian armor (which belonged to Boba Fett) and was using it to protect his people. Djarin demanded the return of the armor because only Mandalorians were allowed to wear it. Despite the fact that Vanth didn’t want to return the armor, the parties both settled on an agreement. Vanth was going to return the armor in exchange for the Mandalorian to help them defeat a huge Krayt Dragon that had been terrorizing the town. With the help of the townspeople of Mos Pelgo and the Tusken Raiders, Djarin and Vanth were successful in the defeat of the dragon.

After that, Djarin had a short detour with a Frog Lady that was looking to deliver her eggs to her husband so that they could repopulate their dying species. The Mandalorian successfully delivered the Frog Lady in Trask, where Djarin tried to obtain information regarding Mandalorians that were reportedly on the planet. Djarin, however, was ambushed by fishermen, who wanted to sell his armor, but he was saved by the arrival of Bo-Katan Kryze and two other Mandalorians.

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Nevertheless, Djarin was shocked about the fact that Bo-Katan and the other Mandalorians could freely remove their helmets, as that was when he learned that he was a different type of Mandalorian that was more traditional and religious compared to the other Mandalorians. Bo-Katan asked help from Djarin to capture an Imperial ship in exchange for information regarding a Jedi. Bo-Katan wanted to know the whereabouts of the Darksaber from the ship’s captain, who killed himself. Nevertheless, the mission was a success, as Djarin obtained information regarding a Jedi named Ahsoka Tano, who was operating on a planet called Corvus.

On their way to Corvus, Din Djarin and the Child needed to take a detour to Nevarro, where they reunited with Cara Dune. Djarin needed to take a job with Dune, as they worked together to destroy an Imperial base on the planet. It was then and there that they were able to learn that the remnants of the Empire had been conducting experiments on the Child’s blood. The mission was a success, and Djarin and the Child were now on their way to Corvus.

The duo finally met Ahsoka in Corvus, as they found out that the former Jedi had been working to bring down the magistrate of the planet. Using the Force, Ahsoka learned that the Child’s name was Grogu, as she agreed to take and train him if they were able to free the town under the magistrate’s control. The duo defeated the magistrate, and Djarin obtained her pure Beskar spear. However, due to the fact that Grogu was too attached to the Mandalorian, she refused to train him but still directed them to an ancient temple on the planet Tython where Grogu can use the Force to find other Jedi and decide his own fate.

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While on Tython, Grogu meditated in the temple in an attempt to connect with the other Jedi all over the galaxy. That was when Djarin met Boba Fett, who wanted to retrieve the armor that the Mandalorian had in his possession. When Fett told Djarin that he was the son of a Mandalorian foundling worthy of the armor, the Mandalorian agreed to return the armor if he would help him keep Grogu safe from Moff Gideon’s forces. Despite that, Gideon successfully destroyed the Razor Crest and captured Grogu using the power of his Dark Troopers.

Despite the fact that Fett, who employed Fennec Shand under his command, was able to get his Mandalorian armor back, he promised to help Din Djarin get Grogu back from Moff Gideon. As such, Djarin and Dune worked together to infiltrate an Imperial base that would allow them to learn the location of Gideon’s cruiser.

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In the final episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian, Djarin, and Dune boarded Gideon’s cruiser as Boba Fett acted as a decay using his ship, Slave I. Bo-Katan, meanwhile, agreed to help them in return for Gideon’s cruiser, and the Darksaber, which was in Gideon’s possession. That was why it was important Bo-Katan to be the one to defeat Gideon.

After fighting his way through the Stormtroopers and the Dark Troopers, Djarin ejected the Dark Troopers from the ship because he struggled to defeat them. He was able to fight Gideon one-on-one using the Beskar spear, as he defeated the Moff and became the new wielder of the Darksaber, to Bo-Katan’s dismay. 

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However, the Dark Troopers flew their way back to the cruiser, as it was clear that Djarin and the others were in a bind because they didn’t have the firepower to defeat them. But Luke Skywalker, who sensed Grogu’s presence back in the events in the temple in Tython, reached the cruiser in time to singlehandedly defeat the Dark Troopers and rescue Djarin and the others. Luke agreed to take Grogu to complete his training as a Jedi, as Djarin parted ways with the little green friend he spent a long time with.

How The Mandalorian Season 2 Sets Up Season 3

The first thing that fans need to know is that season 2 of The Mandalorian actually set up the events of The Book of Boba Fett, where the story of Din Djarin and Grogu continued. While this series focused on Boba Fett, a good part of it was also dedicated to Djarin and Grogu, who were vital to the story of the current Tatooine gang lord.

In The Book of Boba Fett, Djarin found the remnants of his Mandalorian order, as he was expelled by the Armorer for having revealed his face to living creatures several times in the past. As such, Djarin was no longer a Mandalorian as he journeyed to Tatooine, where he got a new ship from Peli Motto.

Before helping Fett out in defense of Mos Espa against the forces of the Pyke Syndicate. That was when Djarin reunited with Ahsoka Tano on a remote planet where Luke Skywalker was attempting to rebuild the Jedi Order. However, he wasn’t able to reunite with Grogu due to how it would affect his training. As such, Djarin left the planet to go to Tatooine, where he joined Fett’s forces.

Grogu, meanwhile, was presented with two options by Luke Skywalker, who wanted to rebuild the Jedi Order with him as his first student. He presented a Beskar chainmail given by Din Djarin and the lightsaber that Jedi Grandmaster Yoda once owned. Choosing one over the other meant that he could choose his own fate.

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It was only during the Battle for Mos Espa that Grogu’s choice became apparent because he was now wearing the Beskar chainmail forged for him. The combined forces of Boba Fett’s troops and the men of Mos Pelgo, now called Freetown, defeated the Pyke Syndicate and Cad Bane, who had been hired to lead the Pyke forces. Meanwhile, Grogu showed his skills in the Force when he used it to calm down Fett’s rampaging Rancor.

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In that regard, the events of The Book of Boba Fett also make way for the events of The Mandalorian season 3, as Din Djarin and Grogu are now reunited. However, we learned in the events of The Book of Boba Fett that Djarin was no longer a Mandalorian. That is why, in the trailer of season 3, he told the Armorer that he wanted to redeem himself by going to the living waters in the mines of Mandalore.

We also know that Din Djarin is now the rightful wielder of the Darksaber, which is a symbol of leadership among the Mandalorians. As such, as tradition dictates, he is now the rightful leader of Mandalore and is well on his way to leading his people in season 3 of The Mandalorian, as hinted by the trailer.

This means that we now know where Din Djarin and Grogu will be in season 3, as season 2 and The Book of Boba Fett set them up for their trip to Mandalore, which is the home planet of the Mandalorians. And it is possible that he will eventually take his place as the leader of the Mandalorians by leading them to salvation and by helping them rebuild Mandalore.

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