One of The Mandalorian’s main samurai influences gets a direct nod in The Book of Boba Fett and could decide Grogu’s ultimate fate.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boba Fett’s book, “Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger,” streaming now on Disney+.
Boba Fett’s Book featured insight into Grogu’s training under Luke Skywalker as he and Ahsoka Tano set out to rebuild the Jedi Order. Sensing that Grogu harbored a deep and emotional attachment to Din Djarin, Luke decided to give his apprentice a fateful choice: either select Yoda’s lightsaber and continue his Jedi training, or accept a beskar courier suit that Din left him. as a gift and follow his surrogate father figure.
The decision was one of the most emotional and important moments of Boba Fett’s Book and which also honors the culture of the Japanese samurai who star wars has drawn visible influence since the beginning of the franchise.
The idea of Luke presenting Grogu with a choice between a weapon and something more harmless mirrors a similar scene in the manga/movie franchise. lone wolf and cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. The classic story follows samurai Ogami Itto and his young son Daigoro, who are disgraced after Daigoro’s mother is murdered and false evidence against Ogami is filed by a rival clan. Ordered to commit suicide through the seppuku ritual, Ogami instead decides his fate through a choice made by Daigoro: if Daigoro chooses a bullet, marking his childhood innocence, Ogami will kill his son to reunite him with his late mother. in the afterlife and likewise kill themselves. If Daigoro chooses a sword, it will indicate that the two must travel Japan together as a ronin, a masterless samurai, continuing to follow the warrior’s path as they seek justice.
On the surface, Grogu and Daigoro seem to choose different paths with their respective decisions. While Grogu chose the beskar mail instead of a lightsaber, avoiding the path of the Jedi, Daigoro chose the sword, sparing his and his father’s life as they continued on their own path. However, Boba Fett’s BookGrogu’s choice follows Daigoro’s more closely than it initially appears. Daigoro choosing the samurai sword is not about choosing a weapon for fun, but rather about choosing to follow in his father’s footsteps. Similarly, Grogu chooses armor to reunite with Din while emphasizing the importance of armor in Mandalorian society to his father figure.
By its very premise, The Mandalorian has always been strongly inspired by lone wolf and cubwith a hardened warrior boasting of his own code of honor traversing the anarchic expanse while tending to a youth in tow. Boba Fett’s Book double on Din and Grogu lone wolf and cub connection, not only with Grogu’s choice but with Din’s journey. Just as Ogami is dishonored and cast out by his master, Din is expelled by his Mandalorian clan when they learn he had his helmet removed before the others. This makes Din and Grogu true wanderers with no place or anyone to accept them as they continue their adventures together.
With its galaxy of wandering swordsmen following a strict moral code, albeit armed with laser blades rather than Japanese steel, the Star Wars universe has always visibly worn its samurai influence on its sleeve. The Mandalorian and Boba Fett’s Book have taken this connection to a more noticeable level that does not apply exclusively to the Jedi Order. Din Djarin and Grogu face a major crossroads in The Mandalorian Season 3 but, thanks to Grogu’s decision, at least the two will get through it together.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Book of Boba Fett is available to stream on Disney+.
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