'The Mandalorian': All you need to know about the bounty hunter from Mandalore ahead of the Disney+ show
There is a lot of hype surrounding Jon Favreau's 'The Mandalorian', the first live-action Star Wars franchise premiering on Disney+.
Favreau had earlier said the upcoming series will draw on some of the wilder aspects of sci-fi worlds and explore the "Mad Max aspect" of Star Wars. However, very little is known about the show's premise, especially as the cast seems to be comprised of entirely new characters.
While we know that Pedro Pascal will be playing the Mandalorian, we still don’t know who the Mandalorian is.
However, thanks to other stories established in the Star Wars franchise, we do at least know what a Mandalorian is.
Mandalorians are humans from the world of Mandalore. Its people are known to follow a more warrior-like culture with strict codes of honour, although that way of life has been corrupted somewhat, with some Mandalorians taking up mercenary jobs instead.
Boba Fett—and his father, Jango Fett—don distinctive Mandalorian armour, similar to the one worn by the eponymous Mandalorian, but it should be noted that they are not actually Mandalorian themselves.
Mandalore was featured in the Star Wars animated shows 'The Clone Wars' and 'Star Wars: Rebels', at a time when the world was subject to severe political unrest.
The various clans of Mandalore were united by Bo-Katan Kryze, under the Darksaber.
The Darksaber is a powerful weapon crafted over a 1,000 years ago by the first Mandalorian Jedi—Tarre Vizsla. The Darksaber, more than being just a powerful weapon, is a symbol of leadership that was instrumental in uniting Mandalore’s clans.
It remains to be seen how much of Mandalore’s political history will be relevant to the show, especially given that the Mandalorian himself has been described as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
There are two important things to take away from the history of Mandalore: 1. Mandalorians have had a pervasive warrior culture with a strict code of honour. 2. The strict code has since been corrupted and a few Mandalorians have started to favor mercenary work.
'The Mandalorian' will land on Disney+ November 12.