WARNGING: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian season 3, episode 8!
The Mandalorian season 3 finale reversed the endings of both previous seasons. The overall direction of The Mandalorian season 3 was something of a surprise for viewers. Most expected the story to focus on Din Djarin’s redemption, but that was resolved in just the first two episodes. Instead, the plot pivoted to focus on the restoration of Mandalore itself, with the last two episodes seeing the Mandalorians reclaim their homeworld.
The Mandalorian‘s previous two season finales had been intensely emotional, and there were hints season 3 would follow the same bittersweet format. Instead, though, this was a much happier affair; The Mandalorian season 3 even ended with Din Djarin and Grogu settled down as a family on Nevarro. Even more surprisingly, this ending inverted the emotional notes from the previous seasons.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Made Din Djarin & Grogu A Family
The Mandalorian season 2’s finale saw Din Djarin and Grogu part ways, with Grogu heading off to train as a Jedi with Luke Skywalker. Lucasfilm conducted something of a course correction in The Book of Boba Fett, reuniting the pair. Now, The Mandalorian season 3’s finale has established them as an actual family, with Grogu even given a new family name. It’s the literal opposite of the character beat from the previous season, a striking change in direction.
The Mandalorian Season 3 Even Brought Back IG-11
Meanwhile, The Mandalorian season 3’s finale also inverted season 1 – where IG-11 sacrificed himself to save Grogu. Season 3 introduced a rather strange IG-11 plotline that ultimately turned the assassin droid into an exoskeleton for Grogu to walk around in. Dubbed IG-12, this was badly damaged by the Praetorian Guards, but Din Djarin chose to have him repaired. IG-11 is back, voiced once again by Taika Waititi, and now he is the Marshal of Nevarro. This storyline really brings the three seasons of The Mandalorian full circle by ending with how it started—with IG-11.
While it’s unclear what direction The Mandalorian season 4 or Dave Filoni’s upcoming Mandalorian-era movie will take, it will surely be a new and fun adventure for both Din Djarin and Grogu. If nothing else, The Mandalorian season 3 finale allowed for a happy ending, something the show had not done in the past. Not only are Din Djarin and Grogu now a family, but the Mandalorians have reclaimed Mandalore and will rebuild their culture.
All episodes of The Mandalorian season 3 are streaming now on Disney+.