The first episode of The Mandalorian season 3, titled “The Apostate,” has received mixed reviews. Despite featuring several heartwarming moments with Grogu, the show’s treatment of his story has been criticized for doing a disservice to the emotional cliffhanger of the season 2 finale, in which Grogu left his adopted father to train with Luke Skywalker. The first episode of season 3 seems almost to ignore this pivotal event.
Viewers of The Book of Boba Fett may understand that Grogu left his Jedi training to travel with his adoptive father, but those who haven’t watched the spinoff series are left puzzled about their reunion. The decision to resolve a critical conflict in The Mandalorian on another character’s show was already deemed a mistake, yet the season 3 premiere failed to bridge the gap coherently, causing even more confusion. Despite this, Disney appears to have doubled down on their choice.
In “The Apostate,” the opportunity to update viewers on what happened to Grogu and Mando in The Book of Boba Fett was missed, despite two chances to do so: the opening recap and within the episode itself. The recap only reminded viewers of IG-11 from season 1 and Djarin’s ex-communication from his Mandalorian clan. The episode explains Cara Dune’s absence but doesn’t touch on Grogu’s time with Luke, how Djarin created beskar armor for him, or how they reunited on Tatooine and got a new ship.