‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Review: Din Djarin and Grogu set off on a new adventure in “The Apostate.”

Din Djarin Sets Out on a Path of Redemption

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Review: Din Djarin and Grogu set off on a new adventure in "The Apostate."
The Mandalorian Season 3. Image credit: Disney+

The Mandalorian has made a long-awaited return with an electrifying Season 3 premiere, where Din Djarin (voiced by Pedro Pascal) continues from where The Book of Boba Fett left off. Even if you missed his two-episode storyline in the spin-off series, there’s no need to worry because the premiere will get you up to speed.

The episode titled “The Apostate” draws a comparison to Din’s spiritual journey and his existence as an unwilling apostate. It begins on Concordia with a young member of the cult taking his vows, and this scene is a sharp contrast to what The Mandalorian has previously shown us about this covert. Although The Armorer (Emily Swallow) is once again seen crafting beskar armor for the newest member, this scene feels different. It’s not the hidden depths of Nevarro or a few shattered Mandalorians scattered across the galaxy. Instead, it’s a clan that appears to be regaining its numbers and strength.


The joyous occasion is quickly overshadowed by tragedy, as a ferocious beast emerges from the tranquil surface of the water, killing some of the Mandos. Despite the increased number of members, the Armorer and the Children of the Watch are unable to overpower the creature. Din Djarin’s arrival, seeking forgiveness, couldn’t have come at a better time. He saves the day, but even that isn’t enough for the Armorer to overlook the fact that he took off his helmet willingly. Grogu’s pleading eyes eventually persuade the Armorer to let Din back into the covert, on the condition that he proves he bathed in the waters beneath Mandalore. The task seems impossible, but Din remains optimistic, believing it’s just like any other mission he’s faced.

Although Season 2 started to steer Din towards the realization that he is part of an extremist Mandalorian cult, in the premiere of Season 3, he still firmly believes that he must redeem himself in the waters of the mines of Mandalore, despite having acted to save a Foundling. While his reasoning is flawed and quite frustrating, it provides Din with an opportunity to discover for himself that what he is
seeking is nothing but a legend.
The episode then follows the familiar format of the “mission of the week” that The Mandalorian is well-known for. Din has a series of tasks to accomplish before embarking on his journey to Mandalore. As any gamer knows, it’s crucial to stay in touch with your inner circle, which is why Din travels to Nevarro to reunite with Greef Karga (played by Carl Weathers). As the High Magistrate, Greef has transformed the once-dilapidated city into a lively tourist destination, although it still faces issues with pirate attacks. Despite Greef’s offer to settle down and start a normal life on Nevarro, Din remains committed to the Mandalorian way.
Din visits Nevarro to search for any remaining parts of IG-11, hoping to use the droid in his mission on Mandalore. Unfortunately, there isn’t much left of the droid after its sacrifice in Season 1. Despite this setback, Din insists on trying to repair it himself, leading to disastrous results. Eventually, Greef convinces him to seek help from a local shop run by adorable Anzellans, but they are also unable to revive the former bounty hunter droid, leaving Din with no other options. This lighthearted side quest allows viewers to enjoy Grogu’s childlike behavior and appreciate how far Din has come from being a lone droid-hater.

In the Season 3 premiere of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin resumes his journey, picking up where he left off in The Book of Boba Fett. The episode, titled “The Apostate,” shows Din’s spiritual journey and existence as an unwilling apostate, with a young member of the cult taking his vows. Despite their newfound strength, tragedy strikes as a vicious beast emerges from the water and attacks the Mandalorians. Din returns just in time to save the day, but the Armorer won’t let him back into the covert until he proves that he bathed in the waters beneath Mandalore, which is presented as an impossible task.

Din goes on a series of side quests before heading to Mandalore, including trying to repair IG-11 and visiting Greef Karga on Nevarro. Eventually, he makes his way to Bo-Katan, who is uninterested in his obsession with redeeming himself according to the cult’s myths. The episode is a formulaic “mission of the week” but serves as an excellent premiere to get fans back into the Star Wars universe with Din and Grogu.


It sounds like “The Mandalorian” Season 3 premiere episode “The Apostate” was successful in reintroducing audiences to the beloved characters and the show’s unique blend of action, humor, and heart. The episode’s exploration of Din Djarin’s cultish beliefs and his quest for redemption sets the stage for a potentially compelling character arc, while the introduction of Bo-Katan’s reluctance to help him and their ensuing conflict promises to keep things interesting. Overall, it seems like “The Mandalorian” is continuing to deliver on its reputation as one of the best Star Wars offerings in recent years.

It’s true that the shorter run time of each episode can be frustrating for viewers who want to spend more time in the world of The Mandalorian. However, it’s worth noting that the show’s creators have stated that they want to keep the story focused and streamlined, avoiding filler episodes and extraneous plot lines. Additionally, the use of practical sets and The Volume, a cutting-edge virtual production technology, allows for more immersive and detailed environments that feel more grounded in reality than previous Star Wars properties. Ultimately, the brevity of the episodes may be a trade-off for a more tightly constructed and visually stunning series.


It’s great to see that The Mandalorian Season 3 premiere has received positive reviews and that the show is continuing to evolve and grow. With the addition of new characters and the potential for exploring deeper themes and character development, it’s clear that the show’s creators are committed to delivering a quality product that satisfies both die-hard Star Wars fans and casual viewers alike. It will be interesting to see how the story unfolds in the upcoming episodes and how the show continues to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in a streaming series.

Yes, Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder have been an integral part of the physical performance of the Mandalorian character, with Wayne serving as the primary double for Pedro Pascal and Crowder performing stunts and fight choreography. It’s great to see them receiving recognition for their work on the series, as their contributions have helped make the action sequences and fight scenes so thrilling to watch. Their continued involvement in Season 3 will undoubtedly add to the show’s already impressive action sequences.

That sounds like an exciting development for The Mandalorian! The show has always had great action and adventure, so it’s good to hear that Season 3 is continuing that trend while also expanding the scope of the story. It will be interesting to see how Din and Grogu navigate these new challenges and what other characters they may encounter on their journey.


It’s exciting to hear that the second episode of The Mandalorian Season 3 is taking the storytelling to new heights and expanding the world around Din. It seems like the series is continuing to build on the momentum of its first two seasons and is poised to deliver even more thrills and surprises for fans. It will be interesting to see how Din and Grogu navigate the challenges that await them on their journey to Mandalore, and how their relationship will evolve as they face new dangers together.


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