Actor and director Bryce Dallas Howard shared why she loved the Mandalorian getting injured during his appearance on The Book of Boba Fett television series. Howard directed one episode in each of The Mandalorian’s first two seasons, a show set five years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and centered on the mysterious Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) who was hired by the remnants of the evil Galactic Empire to retrieve the young Jedi Grogu. The two soon bond and Din instead chooses to reunite the child with any remaining Jedi.
During The Mandalorian season 1, Din acquired his shiny new armor made from beskar he received as payment, a tough metal that is impervious to blasters and lightsabers. This allowed Din to survive a surprise attack by Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) who wielded the famed Mandalorian lightsaber, the Darksaber. As a result of Gideon’s defeat at the hand of Din, the Mandalorian gained the ritualistic right as the owner of the weapon until he is bested in combat by another. Howard referenced a scene in an episode she directed in The Book of Boba Fett season 1 where Din made an appearance. The bounty hunter has embraced his new weapon and used it when taking on enemies in a butcher shop. During his fight against numerous henchmen, Din accidentally slices his own leg due to his lack of skill with the blade. He later patches himself up by spraying the wound with bacta.
During an interview with Romper, Howard shared why she loved the Mandalorian getting injured during his appearance on the spin-off show The Book of Boba Fett. When asked by the interviewer’s son about any injuries Din sustains during blaster attacks, Howard explains that Mandalorians are trained to be tough warriors, so any pain occurred during an attack will be suppressed by years of training. She then brought up bacta, the miracle medical liquid that allows injuries to quickly heal with no serious treatment or operations. Read more of what Howard had to say below.
“In the Boba Fett season, Mando got sliced by the dark saber, and then his leg was messed up. I was super excited to have that because I wanted to show he gets hurt and then heals from bacta spray.”
Showing Din’s injury during his battle in The Book of Boba Fett was important to both the lore of the Darksaber and to the journey which Din needs to undertake in the upcoming season of The Mandalorian. Later during the episode, Din locates the new Mandalorian coven on the artificial ringworld of Glavis where the Armorer and Paz Vizsla now reside. There, Din trains with his weapon and learns that the blade does not work like other swords or melee weapons, getting heavier as he swings.
He discovers that the Darksaber is more than just a tool for destruction and that it is an extension of himself. As his confidence grows in the coming season, so will his ability to wield the mighty weapon. After his appearance in The Book of Boba Fett, Din is set to return in The Mandalorian season 3 and it will likely focus on his wielding of the Darksaber and whether or not he will be challenged for the weapon. If he sustains more injuries, hopefully, there will be enough bacta to patch him up.