The Mandalorian: Chapter 15Title: The Believer
Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Well folks, here we are at the penultimate episode of season 2; next week will be the season finale. Rick Famuyiwa is back in the directors chair. In season one he directed episodes 2 and 6. Din has some new, unexpected allies and he’s calling in favors with some old friends. He’s a little ticked with the Empire so the rescue is in the works.

I enjoyed this one, though its a little slower when compared to the previous two episodes. However this is the episode that sets up the finale so you don’t want it to steal the thunder. There are a few surprises in this episode but before I get into those …

spoiler alert!!!

The following content contains spoilers for The Mandalorian S2E15.

TPS ReportWait, Did He Just Say …

This might be the first episode of the series where “Baby Yoda”, aka Grogu, doesn’t appear at all in the whole episode. However, Bill Burr is back and reminds us that Mayfeld is awesome. He’s a different guy in this episode and I like this version better. I think we need more Mayfeld. In fact, Bill gives us a little non-Star Wars easter egg! Did any of you catch it? I wonder if it was ad-libbed.

Is anyone else getting a subtle hint that there might be a romance brewing between Cara and Din? There were a couple of moments with some extended eye contact (even with the helmet). Of course if he wants that romance to go somewhere, there is that darn rule children of the watch have about helmets.

Speaking of that helmet rule, Din does violate it, again, big time! I wonder if Mayfeld’s words, mixed with Bo-Katan’s, may be changing his perspective. Speaking of armor, Boba Fett has a fresh paint job and he looks excellent! I love that we get to see more of the interior of the Slave I; but what I love most of all is the return of the seismic charge from Attack of the Clones. The sound is so gratifying, though a little muted in this instance. I think the best part of this episode is the very end. The message Din Djarin leaves for Moff Gideon is perfect and poetic.

Finale Predictions?

What will happen in the season finale? Will Bo-Katan return to claim the Darksaber? I’m not expecting to see the demise of Moff Gideon. I think he is the series protagonist so I expect him to live. He is too good of a villain to show up in only a few episodes. My prediction for the season cliffhanger is a hint as to who responds to Grogu’s meditation on the Seeing Stone.

What did you all think? What are some of your finale predictions? Please leave some comments. Also, someone correct me if I’m wrong about this being the first episode that is sans-Grogu.

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