Season 3 Episode 7 of The Mandalorian was full of surprises and revelations that left fans excited and buzzing with anticipation. From the live-action debut of Captain Pellaeon to the return of Moff Gideon and the introduction of his Beskar armor, the episode was packed with jaw-dropping moments. However, for fans of Grogu, there was one standout moment that stole the show: the introduction of his new mech suit.
But this new toy for Grogu isn’t just a means for him to get into hijinks. One of the first times he uses it echoes a classic code of the Jedi and an iconic Legends moment. Greef Karga gifts Mando with an adapted droid called IG-12, which can accommodate one Anzellan or one “Bad Baby” (Grogu). As soon as Grogu climbs inside, he is thrilled by the freedom it offers, including the ability to hit a button and say “yes” or “no.”
During a dispute between Paz Viszla and Axe Woves over a game of chess on the Mandalorian ship, Grogu uses his new mode of communication to get between the two, hitting his “no” button repeatedly. Bo-Katan remarks, “You taught your apprentice well,” to which Din replies, “He didn’t learn that from me.” This raises the question of where Grogu learned this valuable lesson.
The answer lies in the non-canon novel Dark Force Rising, the sequel to Heir to the Empire, which gets a name drop in the Ahsoka trailer. In that book, Luke Skywalker stumbles upon a dispute on the planet of New Cov and is called to mediate because he is a Jedi. This brings the Jedi’s peacekeeping services back to the forefront of Star Wars canon. Though Luke clearly taught Grogu how to use his Force powers, he also taught him how to stop a situation from warranting those powers at all. This means that the Jedi training Grogu received was more than just the supernatural elements of the Jedi, but also the moral ones.
Luke Skywalker taught this youngling that stopping fights is just as valuable as finishing them, which is a valuable lesson that Grogu will remember as he continues on his path to be a Mandalorian. While he chose the Beskar when offered a choice by Luke, there’s nothing saying he can’t be both a Jedi and a Mandalorian. Maybe, when Grogu inevitably outlives his dad, he could join a rebuilt Jedi order in about 50 years – when we’ll next see Rey in her upcoming movie.
In conclusion, the introduction of Grogu’s mech suit in Season 3 Episode 7 of The Mandalorian was not just a fun new toy, but also a reminder of the moral teachings of the Jedi. It is an exciting development for fans of the show and the Star Wars franchise as a whole, leaving us wondering what other surprises and revelations are yet to come in future episodes.