Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘The Mandalorian’: Din Djarin and Grogu’s Best Dadalorian Moments From Season 2

The Disney+ series The Mandalorian is undoubtedly one of the best things to happen to the Star Wars universe, period. But what makes it so great? Outside of the incredible score, the beautiful cinematography, and the genius creative team behind it all, the answer is simple — an accidental bounty hunter dad and his tiny green son.

In the very first episode of season 1, we were introduced to the skilled and dangerous Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin. He was tasked with capturing a precious bounty for a generous reward, but the bounty itself ended up being worth far more than its weight in beskar. Grogu, previously known as the Child and also referred to as Baby Yoda, stole the hearts of viewers across the world when he made his debut. He clearly won over Din as well, though the “hardened” bounty hunter was apprehensive to admit it at first. And so began the space adventures of Din Djarin and Grogu.

Season 2 of The Mandalorian was a roller coaster of emotions, with Din continuing on his quest to deliver Grogu to the Jedi. As the episodes went on, the full extent of their father-son relationship became increasingly obvious. And not only to Din himself but to all of those around him who made sure to point it out. By the middle of the season, their connection had grown so strong that Ahsoka Tano declared she was unable to train the Child due to his attachment to Din.

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While we’re all still recovering from the incredibly emotional moment that the two shared in the finale, we’re here now to look back on the best Dadalorian moments between Din and Grogu throughout season 2.

“How many did you eat?!”

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Din may have perhaps underestimated how mischievous a fifty-year-old toddler could possibly be, and he learned it the hard way. As the two continued on their adventure with Frog Lady aboard the Razor Crest, Grogu was quick to treat himself to the “free snacks” that their passenger brought with her. While trying to save them from the frozen planet they were trapped on, Din was also forced to pull double duty to keep an eye on his naughty child when he kept going back for second helpings … and third … and … whoops. As seen in “Chapter 10: The Passenger.”

“Don’t play with your food.”

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You’d never know Din Djarin was entirely brand new to this whole father thing. Just look at how calmly he reacts when his child’s face is being attacked by a squid, he’s a natural! Din evenly chides Grogu, reminding him not to play with his food, before eventually nudging the creature back into the bowl. As seen in “Chapter 11: The Heiress.”

Din Djarin and the Tiny Green Electrician

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Who needs a mechanic when you can use your tiny green son for ship repairs? Right? No? Maybe not. A for effort, Grogu. We’re still proud of you. This was one of the most in-depth conversations that we’ve seen Din attempt to have with Grogu, and it was equal parts adorable and hilarious watching the bounty hunter repeat himself over and over as he patiently tried to tell Grogu which wires to grab. As seen in “Chapter 12: The Siege.”

It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Pukes

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Grogu’s snack rampage continued when he sneakily used the Force to steal his classmate’s macarons, which he brought back to the Razor Crest with him. As Din expertly piloted his ship to take out the TIE fighters on Nevarro, Grogu was having the time of his life in the passenger seat. The excitement was short-lived, however, once Grogu realized that what goes down … must come back up. Liquid macarons, incoming! Din deserves all the credit for taking this accidental dad thing in stride because he leaned back to wipe up the puke from Grogu’s robe without missing a beat. As seen in “Chapter 12: The Siege.”

Proud Father Moment

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When Ahsoka Tano agreed to test Grogu’s abilities with the Force, she realized that Grogu was incredibly hesitant to use his powers. She engaged another tactic, asking Din to try encouraging the Child instead. Din pulled Grogu’s favorite toy out — the Razor Crest knob — and it worked like a charm. As the Child used the Force to grab the knob, Din proceeded to go full “proud dad at a soccer game” mode. As seen in “Chapter 13: The Jedi.”

A Quiet Moment Shared

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As per their agreement, Ahsoka was supposed to take Grogu to train him after Din assisted her in freeing the city of Calodan. When Din returned to the Razor Crest to collect the Child, we were treated to an extremely tender moment as Din prepared himself to say goodbye. Instead of immediately bringing him to Ahsoka, though, Din sat down with Grogu first after waking him up. Paired with the multiple times that Ahsoka pointed out the strength of their connection (which led to her ultimate decision to turn them both down), this episode made it incredibly clear just how much Din has come to care for Grogu. As seen in “Chapter 13: The Jedi.”

What’s In A Name?

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Din thankfully learned Grogu’s real name from Ahsoka because the two communicated through the Force. Though he was hesitant to use the name at first, he began testing it out again on their way to Tython. Each time he said “Grogu,” the Child would perk up and look over at him, which in turn made Din chuckle. The Mandalorian is jam-packed with action, drama, and tense scenes, so seeing the bounty hunter genuinely laugh in amusement for once was a very touching moment. As seen in “Chapter 14: The Tragedy.”

“I’ll see you again, I promise.”

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Throughout seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian, much emphasis was placed on Din’s Creed as a Mandalorian and the importance of never removing his helmet to show his face. The Way of the Mandalore does not reflect the ideals of all Mandalorians, such as Bo-Katan Kryze, but it’s important to Din nonetheless because it’s all that he’s ever known. The first time that Din removed his helmet in season 2 was in “Chapter 15: The Believer,” when doing so was the only way that he could gain access to the coordinates of Moff Gideon’s light cruiser. Din made this choice, which was certainly one of the most difficult things he’s ever had to go through, solely to save Grogu.

In the next episode, when Luke Skywalker arrived, Din lifted Grogu up for their farewell. Grogu tentatively reached out to touch the bounty hunter’s beskar helmet, and Din made a momentous decision at that moment. Despite being in a room full of people, Din lifted his helmet to show the Child — his child — his face for the very first time. This was an unbelievably heartbreaking moment, even more so when Din closed his eyes as Grogu slowly reached out to touch his face. After Luke took Grogu, Din watched him leave, looking as if he was on the verge of tears. He gave Grogu one last assuring nod before the doors to the lift closed, standing there not as a Mandalorian bounty hunter but as a father saying goodbye to his son. As seen in “Chapter 16: The Rescue.”

Many found themselves questioning whether or not the final moments in the finale were truly goodbye for Din and Grogu, but we’ve chosen to remain hopeful that it’s only temporary. After all, just how long can Luke Skywalker handle the Child eating him out of house and home? And hopefully there are no frog Padawans where he’s taking him. In the meantime, while his son is off at Jedi boarding school, Din will have his hands full anyway with his latest accidental acquisition — the Darksaber. Maybe he’ll find time to stop at the nearest space FedEx to send Grogu the Razor Crest knob, at least.

Seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian are now streaming exclusively on Disney+.

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Lindsey
Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. She has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to her first love, photography. When she's not behind the camera, she's likely reading books and comics or dabbling in creative writing. Otherwise, she's probably yelling about something Star Wars or Marvel related on Twitter @lindyysolo. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com

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