New concept art from The Mandalorian season 2 reveals a helmet-less Din Djarin with Migs Mayfeld. The sophomore season of the successful Star Wars series premiered on October 30, 2020 to an eager audience. It wrapped up in December of that same year in a two-part, action-packed finale that even saw the return of Luke Skywalker to viewers’ screens. The high-stakes ending only increased anticipation for The Mandalorian season 3, which will reportedly arrive around Christmas time of this year.
The first part of this two-episode event, entitled “Chapter 15: The Believer,” saw Din (Pedro Pascal) reluctantly team up with Mayfeld (Bill Burr) to get the coordinates to Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) cruiser where Grogu was being held captive. Their venture ended up having massive effects on Din’s future journey, as the terminal within the Imperial refinery on Morak required him to remove his helmet for the first time in front of other living beings. This decision by Din caused him to break his Mandalorian creed, despite how necessary it was to rescue Grogu. It led to him being cast out from his tribe in his The Book of Boba Fett appearance, where he was forced to reveal what he’d done. His atonement can only be earned on Mandalore, according to the Armorer (Emily Swallow), which sets up more of Din’s journey for The Mandalorian season 3.
Now, Star Wars concept artist Brian Matyas has shared via Instagram previously unseen art of a helmet-less Din alongside Mayfeld in their Imperial disguises. The image depicts Din and Mayfeld in uniforms very similar to those worn by AT-AT commanders in the original Star Wars trilogy, which was later slightly altered for The Mandalorian season 2 to look more like Swamp trooper armor first worn by Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Matyas reveals in the caption that the concept of Din’s and Mayfeld’s rhydonium-filled venture was meant to pay homage to William Friedkin’s 1977 Sorcerer film, where characters have to team up despite their differences to deliver dynamite on a dangerous 200-mile journey. See the full concept art below:
This is the only concept art of The Mandalorian to depict a helmet-less Din thus far, other than an injured Din for the season 1 finale of the series. If the creative team had gone ahead with the decision to make Din and Mayfeld wear the AT-AT commander helmets, the experience would’ve felt even more revealing for Din, who hadn’t shown his face to anyone ever since he was a child. The caption, however, is just as interesting at the art itself with its inclusion of the episode’s inspiration as well as the Mayfeld joke that remained in it. In addition to the high-risk journey the film and this episode depict, the characters in each entity experience an attack from bandits, which only increases the tension with the explosives aboard their transports. As far as Mayfeld’s Mandalorian joke goes, he still refuses to wear the helmet even with the Swamp trooper design, where he tells Din that he doesn’t know how his people wear one all the time.
While this helmet-less Din art is only the second viewers have seen for The Mandalorian, there may be more to come with season 3. It’s been teased by Pascal himself that Din may be showing his face more due to him straying from “the Way.” The events that transpired in The Book of Boba Fett (nicknamed by viewers as “The Mandalorian season 2.5”) further set up a revelation for Din as well as a journey to find a brand new path of his own, one where his Mandalorian and personal identity come together to help him lead Mandalore under the Darksaber. The increased use of Din’s full name as compared to “Mando” by Star Wars and its properties, in addition to Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) introducing him by his name in The Book of Boba Fett, may be hinting towards this transformation for Din. What’s known so far about The Mandalorian season 3 hints at an epic journey, which viewers hopefully won’t have to wait much longer to see for themselves.