Kicking off the game-changing second episode, The Mandalorian Season 3 returned this week with one of the weirdest and most surprising installments of the Disney+ series to date. Pick up after the events of last week The Mines of Mandaloreepisode 3 of The Mandalorian Season 3 spends its time following not only Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) and Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), but also Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) and Elia Kane (Katy M. O’Brian), two supporting figures in the series. past times.
The episode titled The Convert, splits its focus between these two stories. As a result, The MandalorianIts latest installment raises new questions about the future of Mandalore itself, as well as the fragile, quietly disturbing bureaucratic state of the galaxy’s New Republic.
Why didn’t Bo-Katan tell Dean about the Mythosaurus?
Episode 3 of The Mandalorian Season 3 picks up right where its predecessor left off. In the wake of her unexpected sighting of the mythosaur, Bo-Katan asks a nosy Dean Jarin if he saw anything after he “fell” into the cavernous depths of Mandalore’s Living Waters. Dean says he didn’t and Bo-Katan doesn’t mention the mythosaurus she saw so clearly moments earlier.
Why not? Is it because Bo-Katan is still struggling to come to terms with what she saw? Or is she trying to decide whether or not she wants to share her new secret with Dean, her biggest rival for the throne of Mandalore? So far, The Mandalorian Season 3 has done a great job of keeping Bo-Katan’s motivations unclear, and her decision to keep her mythosaurus to herself only continues that trend.
Why was Bo-Katan’s castle bombed?
On their journey back to her planet, Kalevala, Bo-Katan and Dean are ambushed by a squadron of Imperial TIE Interceptors. After the duo manage to wipe out all the enemy ships, they are surprised again to discover an even larger group of Imperial fighters waiting for them on the Kalevala. Several TIE bombers then destroy Bo-Katan’s castle and, moments later, she and Dean are forced to retreat.
The Convert, in particular, does not reveal the reason behind the Imperial Remnant’s attack on Bo-Katan. In fact, the only explanation given in the episode comes when Katee Sackhoff’s Mandalorian warrior notes that she “has chased down many Imperial warlords.” It’s fair to assume there’s more to the surprise attack than Bo-Katan’s comment suggests. For now, though, fans will just have to wait to learn more about the ambush.
Why did Elia Kane betray Dr Pershing?
For most of its runtime, The Convert follows Dr. Pershing and Elia Kane, two former Imperials, as they attempt to reintegrate into society as part of a rehabilitation program run by the New Republic. The process doesn’t go particularly well for Pershing, who is pressured by Elia to continue the same cloning experiments that once made him so important to Giancarlo Esposito’s villainous Moff Gideon. Near the end of the episode, Pershing is shocked to discover that Elia has been secretly manipulating him the whole time.
The scientist is captured by the New Republic and subjected to a painful mind-wiping process – a process overseen and directed by Elia herself. The episode ends a few minutes later without explaining why Elia chose to manipulate and betray Dr. Pershing in the first place. Is it because he bitterly loathes the Empire and wants to punish anyone who participated in its crimes against the galaxy? Or is it because tricking her fellow Imperials into breaking the rules of the New Republic gives her the opportunity to continue exercising her own fascist impulses?
Right now, the latter explanation seems more likely than anything else, but there’s also no telling where Pershing and Elia’s story will go from here.
Has Dr. Pershing’s mind really been wiped?
When Dr. Pershing is connected to the New Republic’s torture device (known as the “Mind Flayer”) he exclaims in fear that his mind will be wiped by the machine. He’s unconvincingly told that this won’t actually happen by his New Republic captors, but Elia’s decision to repower the machine until the end certainly suggests that Pershing’s experience with the Mind Flayer will have lasting consequences. Will his mind really be wiped by the machine, though?
There is, unfortunately, no way of knowing either way at this time. On the one hand, it would make a lot of sense for the New Republic (and, to an extent, Elia) to be interested in stealing his intelligence from someone like Dr. Pershing. On the other hand, it also seems unlikely The Mandalorian he would like to render one of his most potentially dangerous characters completely harmless.
Will Bo-Katan become a permanent member of the Tribe?
At the end of it The Mandalorian season 3 episode 3, The Armorer (Emily Swallow) tells Bo-Katan that her recent experience bathing in the Living Waters of Mandalore has enabled her to become a member of the Tribe as long as she chooses to keep her helmet. In the moments that follow, Bo-Katan is warmly welcomed into the Tribe by its current members, even as she struggles internally with her decision to keep her recent mythosaur a secret.
Based on where the episode ends, it’s worth asking: Will Bo-Katan end up choosing to stay with the Tribe? As much as he seems to despise the sect and its ways, The Mandalorian Season 3 has also made it clear that Bo-Katan must find some way to reconnect with her fellow Mandalorians. Her introduction to the Tribe may well give her the opportunity to do just that.
Like most questions out there right now The MandalorianHowever, Bo-Katan’s future in the Tribe will depend entirely on the path she chooses to take moving forward, which remains compellingly unclear at this time.
New episodes of The Mandalorian premieres Wednesdays on Disney+.