Having learned of Din Djarin’s refusal to ever remove his helmet in episode 3 of the first season of The Mandalorian (“The Sin”) and discovering that he has not removed it in front of anybody since he was a child in the fourth episode (“Sanctuary”), this weekend’s episode (“The Heiress”) has provided us with some clarity on the matter. Having tried to figure out why Din Djarin did not remove his helmet last season, I had suspected he might be part of a faction that does things differently…and I was right 🙂
Following Bo-Katan Kryze’s and her comrades coming to the aide of Din Djarin, they then remove their helmets to the utter surprise of Djarin, causing him to be shocked: “You do not cover your face. You are not Mandalorian.”
After Bo-Katan explains to him that she is very much Mandalorian, she identifies him as “A Child of the Watch”, something of which Djarin has never heard, but which she explains to him as “Children of the Watch are a cult of religious zealots that broke away from Mandalorian society. Their goal was to re-establish the ancient way.”
And, Djarin being stubborn and also in shock about this information, brusquely states “There is only one way. The Way of the Mandalore” and then he jets off.
While we have much more to learn about these Children of the Watch, it does make one wonder: Is this Watch separate or a part of Death Watch?
We still have much more left in The Mandalorian and a LOT more to explore! 🙂