Warning: this article features spoilers for episode two of The Mandalorian season three.
It’s been a long time coming but we have finally visited Mandalore as Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) continued with his quest for redemption.
The second episode of The Mandalorian season three saw Mando and Grogu travel to the planet in search for the living waters that lie deep within the mines of Mandalore – only here can Djarin be redeemed according to the creed.
However, Grogu had to fetch Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) to rescue his surrogate father after Mando was captured by a haunting creature.
Bo-Katan then had to save Djarin again after a mysterious monster pulled him beneath the surface in the living waters, a beast that appears to be something we thought was extinct – a Mythosaur.
What Is A Mythosaur?
These legendary, gigantic beasts were thought to have been tamed and ridden by ancient Mandalorians, with Bo-Katan telling Djarin about their significance in the episode:
“According to ancient folklore, the mines were once a Mythosaur lair. Mandalore The Great is said to have tamed the mythical beast. It is from these legends that the skull signet was adopted and became the symbol of our planet.”
As Kryze mentions, they are meaningful beings for the Mandalorians, with the image of the Mythosaur skull becoming key iconography seen throughout, including as part of their armour.
It is thought that the Mythosaurs became extinct years ago, so one showing up here is a surprise, although we do learn earlier in the episode that Mandalore’s air is still breathable and supports life.
Whilst this is our first potential glimpse of a Mythosaur, the creature was mentioned during the very first episode of the show by Kuiil (Nick Nolte) as he mocked Djarin for being unable to ride a Blurrg:
“You are a Mandalorian! Your ancestors rode the great Mythosaur. Surely you can ride this young foal.”
The Armourer has also previously mentioned the beast, telling Mando: “The songs of aeons past foretold of the Mythosaur rising up to herald a new age of Mandalore. Sadly, it only exists in legends.”
What Does It Mean For The Show?
The Armourer’s words above may be key as they suggest that the Mythosaur could usher in a new chapter of Mandalore – maybe Djarin will tame the beast and return the planet back to its prime?
We learnt in today’s episode that whilst Mandalore has been destroyed it’s not completely inhospitable, so that is indeed possible, especially since Djarin is in position to lead the Mandalorians given that he currently wields the Darksaber.
The presence of the Mythosaur here does suggest a hopeful future for the Mandalorians who right now are divided – maybe this beast can help unite them once more.
We don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Mythosaur appeared when Djarin entered the living waters, perhaps sensing that not only was he seeking redemption, but he also is the current owner of the Darksaber – the Armourer’s prophecy is ready to be fulfilled.
However, Bo-Katan believes that she is the rightful ruler of Mandalore, seeing it as her birthright, so it’s likely that at some point she will stand in the way.
We are just waiting for her to invite Mando to a duel, in an attempt to win the Darksaber from him in battle, which is the only way to reclaim the throne according to their beliefs.
The Mandalorian Season 3 airs every Wednesday on Disney+.