Emily Swallow, who plays the Armorer in The Mandalorian, poses with screen-accurate cosplayers dressed as her character in a new image. Swallow made her Star Wars debut as Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) confident, dogmatic leader in the pilot episode of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Swallow went on to reprise her role in three other episodes of The Mandalorian season 1, including the finale in which the Armorer sends Din on his quest to reunite Grogu with his kind. While Swallow was absent in The Mandalorian season 2, The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, “Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian” featured the return of Din and the remains of his covert.
At the end of The Mandalorian season 2, Din defeated Moff Gideon, laid claim to the Darksaber, and sent Grogu off with Luke Skywalker to learn the ways of the Force. The Book of Boba Fett picks up with the character sometime after the events of season 2 as he reunites with the remaining members of his Mandalorian tribe led by the Armorer. After forging some armor for Grogu, the Armorer trains Din to wield the Darksaber before banishing him for breaking Mandalorian creed by removing his helmet. The respect Din has for the Armorer and, in turn, that creed, will likely motivate the events of The Mandalorian season 3.
Swallow recently took to Instagram to share an image of herself with a squad of Armorers. The image shows the actress with three cosplayers sporting impressively accurate costumes. In her caption, Swallow celebrates the cosplayers by saying, “Now THAT is what I call girl power!” Check out her post below:
It’s not a stretch to say the Armorer is one of the most memorable characters to come from The Mandalorian. Despite very little screen time and not showing her face, Swallow’s exceptional voice acting has left an indelible impression on many viewers. The appeal of Swallow’s calm, collected, and wise character certainly lends to the audience’s perception of the Children of the Watch. On top of that, the Armorer has played a very influential role in Din’s journey. She remains mysterious and there are still many things about the Armorer and Mandalorians that will likely be revealed in The Mandalorian season 3.
In The Book of Boba Fett finale, Din and Grogu left Tatooine and are presumably headed to Mandalore, where Dine will seek atonement for removing his helmet. The Mandalorian season 3 should explain more about the Children of the Watch; specifically, why the Armorer’s tribe broke off from other Mandalorians like Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and spent their time on the moon of Concordia. If Din ends up leading his people with the Darksaber — which seems to be what the Star Wars shows are foreshadowing — he’ll have to break away from the dogmatic ways of the Armorer. That said, the universe may paint her as a complex antagonist, as theories suggest the Armorer may have been one of the Mandalorians who served under Darth Maul before the Siege of Mandalore. Filming recently wrapped on The Mandalorian season 3, so audiences can expect more answers to be revealed later this year.