The latest episode of The Mandalorian introduced us to a mythical beast – but that’s more significant than you might realise.
The final scene of episode two of The Mandalorian’s third season ended with Bo Katan coming face to face (or face to eye) with an enormous creature straight out of Mandalorian legends. We had already learned from the former princess that Mandalorians used to tame and ride fearsome animals called mythosaurs – but that they had all died out centuries ago.
Of course, anyone who knows anything about plot devices knows that this won’t be the end of that. By the end of the episode, it was confirmed that it wasn’t just the Alamite species that had endured, but also the mythosaurs (or at least one).
What is a mythosaur?
Native to the planet of Mandalore, the mythosaurs used to dominate their home world until the arrival of a Mandalorian named Taung, led by the warrior known as Mandalore the First. While trying to claim the world for their own, Mandalore the First and his crusaders slaughtered many of the gigantic beasts, utlimately driving them to extinction.
From then on, the skull of the mythosaur became the symbol of the Mand’alor (the traditional ruler of all the Mandalorian clans), as well as the planet Mandalore and the. race of Mandalorians as a whole for generations since.
The mythosaurs were known for their great size and their downturned horns, which differentiated between genders. Some of the larger animals were even equated to being as large as a small city.
Looking at the return of the mythosaur in the context of The Mandalorian, it’s another symbol (much like the Darksaber) that is heavily associated with the rule of all Mandalorians. In the same episode that Bo Katan uses the Darksaber with far more ease than Din Djarin, she also gets up close to this mythical beast.
If you ask us, this episode laid several clues that the third season will see Bo Katan unite the Mandalorian people across all clans and claim the throne. While this is pure speculation for now, it certainly looks like these puzzle pieces are starting to come together.
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