Renée (rogueslayer452) wrote,

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The Mandalorian, a.k.a. Din Djarin

When most people talk about why they started watching The Mandalorian many claim that it was for Baby Yoda, which is completely fine and valid. However, personally speaking, I actually only started watching the show because of the Mandalorian himself, Din Djarin.

He's the main character of the show, the titular role, and what we initially presumed about him based from the trailers and promos are instantly knocked away by the second half of the very first episode. Instead of being this silent badass warrior archetype he's revealed to actually be somewhat socially awkward and, while competent at his trained skills, isn't entirely immune to being defeated and knocked on his ass. In fact, most of the season features him getting his ass handed to him numerous times and being in compromising positions in the most undignified ways. To top it all off, once the Baby enters the picture he finds himself becoming an unexpected protector, leading to some adorably hilarious and heartwarming moments.

All of this is precisely why he is the type of character I'm drawn to. There is just something about the juxtaposition about the strong and competent warrior kind of characters who are also big softies. I find that very, very attractive.

While the first season is quite episodic, it gives us a chance to steadily learn more about Din Djarin as a character. It's a slow-burn that works because we start piecing together bit by bit what makes him tick, his background, what happened to his family, how he ended up getting adopted by the Mandalorians and then becoming a Mandalorian himself, why he doesn't like droids, why he's so protective of the Child, etc. It's a slow-burn that makes the face reveal in the season finale worth it, because if that happened too soon it wouldn't be nearly as effective, especially knowing the reason why he never takes off the helmet and why it's so important to him. The show gave us a chance to understand him more as a character, without facial expressions but still being able to read his emotions through his voice/body language and how his character was slowly developing over the course of the first season. We see how his actions in "The Sin" created a ripple effect which led to what we learned in "Redemption", two episodes that mirror each other in different ways, and how all of that has led to his mission into the next season.

That is something I'm deeply fascinated by, to be honest. Based on my observations, it seemed to me like Din was more or less exhausted with his job. And not just because he sighs a lot, though that can be a part of it as well to convey just how done he is with everything and everyone he encounters. The first words he uttered in the show were, "I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold", a supposedly threatening line but the upon rewatching and hearing it multiple times there is no heat behind those words. He just sounded tired, like he's done this so many times that it has no meaning anymore. He does the job, gets paid, provides for the covert, lather, rinse, repeat. Also, he's not a youngster anymore, he's more or less middle-aged and has already lived through his glory days, and given the nature of how the covert operates with only one of them coming out one at a time to preserve their clan and their survival, it makes it seem like all of this is rather uneventful the more it goes on. To him, he doesn't have much of a purpose anymore. Until he comes across the Baby, which turns things around in unexpected ways.

And I think that's going to be an interesting character journey for him, going from having a lost sense of purpose in his life to finding one with this newfound responsibility given to him, which may deepen even more as the plot thickens with Moff Gideon and the possibility of reclaiming the Darksaber. Also, Din has silently suffered for so long with past trauma, that his connection with the Child has given him a chance to kind of heal from that, something that they both share in a sense, both being orphaned and suffering from traumatic events. So seeing them continue to form a bond is going to be heartwarming, and heartbreaking at the same time.

Never mind that there's still some unanswered questions surrounding Din's past, particularly during his youth being trained as a Mandalorian. In the sixth episode of the first season we're alluded to what he was like during his earlier days, basically a ruthless warrior, which he seemed rather uncomfortable with the mention of, like he was ashamed of that person he once was. Which makes sense, he probably had a lot of pent-up anger and frustration at the world, much of which has lessened now that he's older, and his attitude and morals have changed. It makes me wonder what he was like back then, and judging from the casting news we might be revisiting those days in the second season. If not in flashbacks then definitely in conversation to reveal more about what Din was like when he was younger and angrier with the world. And that's something I can't wait for, because it'll make us appreciate the Din we see now and how far he's come.

On a final note, another reason why I love Din is because he's just a regular guy. He's a Mandalorian, sure, and one of the few Mandalorians left since the Great Purge while the rest have been in hiding, but he's not a Chosen One. He's not connected to the Jedi or the Sith and doesn't have the Force or anything like that at all. He's just a regular dude who happens to be a trained bounty hunter with a tragic past, and it's because of this tiny green baby that he starts on this extraordinary quest. It's the same situation with Rogue One, wherein it's just about regular people caught in something bigger but they don't need to have or be something special in order to make a difference.

And I sincerely hope it remains that way. I don't want them to have Din be related to anyone or anything big within the Star Wars universe in order for his character arc to be deemed interesting.

Conclusion: This was more of a rambling kind of post than anything, but I just wanted to talk about Din Djarin and why I love him so much, and why I started watching the show in the first place. Basically, if this show had been marketed as being only about Baby Yoda I honestly wouldn't have bothered to watch it. I am just not that interested in the Baby as most seem to be. I watch for the Mandalorian. His story is more interesting to me because of the potential of where it can go for him, and him being this adoptive paternal figure to this Baby only adds to the hotness and adorableness and complexity of his character.
Tags: television, the mandalorian
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