Episode 4 of The Mandalorian Season 3 brought us flashbacks, a dragon, and the shocking return of a beloved Star Wars actor. Let’s break it down!
**SPOILERS for Episode 4**
Believe it or not, we are already halfway through this newest season of The Mandalorian. While this latest season has been a departure from the previous two, focusing more on the wider Star Wars lore, it is clear that we are building to a much larger story than ever before. While episode three gave us a detour to catch up with Dr. Pershing, episode 4 put Din and Grogu back in the spotlight.
A Tale of Two Foundlings
The first noteworthy thing about “Chapter 20: The Foundling” is its director. Acclaimed actor and Greef Karga himself, Carl Weathers, stepped into the director’s chair for this episode. Weathers has been directing TV for decades and even directed an episode in season 2, but it’s always exciting to see his name pop up in the credits of this show, whether he’s in front of or behind the camera.
Thanks to all the @starwars @themandalorian fans. So happy that you enjoyed Chapter 20, THE FOUNDLING! #TheMandalorian #ThisIsTheWay #BePeace
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) March 22, 2023
This episode offered two parallel stories of children being rescued. The first one followed Din and his fellow Mandalorians attempting to rescue a Mandalorian foundling from the clutches of a flying creature.
— guy online (@fellawhomstdve) March 22, 2023
This gave us some classic Mandorlian action (it’s always such a thrill when they use their jet packs) but also served as a reminder of how close this tribe is. All these Mandorlians risked their lives just to save one child. They even adopted the babies of the creature they killed.
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bo katan bringing the babies out at the end of the episode pic.twitter.com/K02S6VyewW
— sage⁵⁰¹ 💌 mando & tbb era (@ahsokasgoggles) March 22, 2023
It’s unclear whether this was simply a cute moment to end the episode or if The Armorer and company plan to use these creatures later on in the season. Seeing some Mandolrians fly into battle on the backs of those things sure would make for an epic payoff.
Flashbacks and Shocking Returns
The more shocking part of the episode happened in a flashback, as Grogu recalled his escape from the Jedi temple and order 66. While we didn’t learn anything we didn’t know before about Grogu, we did get the return of Star Wars veteran Ahmed Best. Best was the motion capture actor and voice of Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy, but here we see him playing a Jedi by the name of Kelleran Beq. Letting Best be the Jedi who rescued Grogu, as well as giving him some pretty epic action scenes, was heartwarming for prequel fans.
I’ll give The Mandalorian this, having Ahmed Best, the guy who played Jar Jar, play the Jedi who saved Baby Yoda is really fucking cool. pic.twitter.com/A3u2j6xfNW
— Marcus Finch (@ocmd73) March 22, 2023
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i just cannot believe we got to see ahmed best as a jedi. absolutely awesome. so happy for him pic.twitter.com/Sp1PZaOFdW
— Jake (@gonzofan07) March 22, 2023
In 1999, Ahmed Best appeared in his first major screen role as a character named Jar Jar Binks.
In 2023, Ahmed Best appeared as Jedi Master Kelleran Beq, who saves the youngling Grogu from Order 66 ❤️
If that doesn’t warm your heart then I don’t know what will! #StarWars pic.twitter.com/2cFbkpYb5w
— The Star Wars Academy (@TheStarWarsAcad) March 22, 2023
I want to see Ahmed weilding more Lightsabers in episodes. How about you? #BePeace https://t.co/pdstaucUv6
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) March 22, 2023
This flashback also provided us with more looks at the Clone Troopers, and Boba Fett actor Temuera Morrison returned to provide their voices.
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TEMUERA VOICED THE CLONE EVERYBODY STOPPPPP OHMYGIFUCKENXBS pic.twitter.com/T0hJfOvS6i
— lara (@kotefett) March 22, 2023
With these two cast members returning, plus all the time we’ve spent on Coruscant the past two weeks, this season has been showing a lot of love to the prequels, and we are all here for it.
Bo Katan and Predictions for Next Week
We ended this week with Bo Katan getting an armored plate of the mythosaur. She seems to be adapted to the way of the creed exceptionally well and shows no immediate plans of leaving.
today’s episode was basically pic.twitter.com/xwEivnSb5h
— ícaro 🫐 mando spoilers (@DJARlNISPUNK) March 22, 2023
What does this mean for the coming episodes? Well, it looks like Grogu and Bo Katan will both be getting more familiar with the Mandalorian creed, as they have no other place to go. Bo also may want to prove the existence of the mythosaur as the Armorer seemed skeptical that she really saw the creature.
The looming question, however, is Elia Kane and Moff Gideon. They are clearly up to something, and Grogu’s DNA is probably involved. If Gideon and his army show up at the Mandalorians’ door, will they be able to take them on?
Next week’s episode is directed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse director Peter Ramsey. This is his first episode in the Star Wars universe, so that should be very exciting.
Make sure to stream that Wednesday, March 29th, on Disney+.