The Mandalorian: Will Din Djarin Ever Start Taking Off His Helmet More?
Throughout most of The Mandalorian season 1, Din Djarin diligently kept his helmet on his head. Could Pedro Pascal show his face more in season 2?
Will Star Wars fans see more of Din Djarin's face in season 2? Baby Yoda might've stolen most of the attention when The Mandalorian premiered in late 2019, but it was the enigmatic armored protagonist driving the plot forward. Residing on Aq Vetina as a child, Djarin was orphaned during the Clone Wars, but after being rescued by their Death Watch, the people of Mandalore took Din as one of their own. In adulthood, the bounty hunter feels deeply indebted to the Mandalorians, honoring their code with diligence and following The Way. As part of Djarin's assimilation of Mandalorian culture, he staunchly refuses to let others see his face, not even to save his life, or kiss a female admirer on Sorgan. Only when Djarin was on death's door in The Mandalorian's season 1 finale, with no one else around but a droid, did the audience finally see Pedro Pascal's face.
In The Mandalorian season 1, Din Djarin's shroud of mystery was a strength. Where Star Wars protagonists usually reveal their moral alignment in their very first scene, Djarin was a rare exception. Unable to show his face, Mando's character was conveyed entirely through body language and dialogue, while the cool anonymity played into The Mandalorian's heavy influence from the western genre. Without the usual facial clues, viewers were left hanging on Din Djarin's every word and action. Shielding his face from the outside world also made Mando's emotional connection with Baby Yoda all the more special, since few would expect this embodiment of stoic ambiguity to be swayed by a cute green bundle of joy.
The Mandalorian season 1 did eventually reveal the man behind the mask, so it's natural to question whether the helmet will be coming off more frequently in season 2. On one hand, Jon Favreau and co. have plenty of reasons, both production and in-universe, to maintain the status quo. In addition to Pedro Pascal, a host of different actors and stunt performers played season 1, and the ever-present helmet ensured this revolving door was seamless on-screen. In such a kinetic show, a masked hero is incredibly useful because there's no need to avoid showing a stuntman's face, meaning the camera can draw tighter to the action. Keeping Djarin's helmet firmly on his head could also prove vital for the character's future arc. Having passionately refused to remove his headgear throughout season 1, it would make little sense if Mando suddenly started not giving a bantha dropping. Djarin is still very much a follower of the Mandalorian Way, and should still recoil at the idea of letting other characters see his face.
With that said, it's more likely that Din Djarin will begin taking off his helmet more in The Mandalorian season 2. The decision to permanently obscure the lead character's face was a risky one for The Mandalorian, and while the gamble paid off in season 1, the finale's long-awaited reveal burst the bubble. Now viewers have glimpsed Pedro Pascal's visage for the first time, the veil has been lifted, so to speak, and Mando's ambiguity isn't as intense. Despite proving effective so far, a protagonist devoid of facial expressions can't work indefinitely, and to develop Din Djarin in season 2 and beyond, the audience need to see him become more vulnerable and emotive than before.
Fortunately, The Mandalorian can expose Djarin's face without forcing the character to abandon his principles. The Mandalorian code requires Djarin to shield his face from others, meaning as long as no one's around, the helmet can come off. The Mandalorian season 2 could include more frequent solo scenes, allowing viewers to glimpse Djarin's face, but keeping his helmet in place while in the proximity of other characters. Perhaps The Mandalorian season 2 will see Djarin finally drop his guard in front of Baby Yoda - a true sign of partnership between the two. Strangely, other Mandalorian clans within the Star Wars world aren't so strict about removing their helmets. The Mandalorians in , for example, have no qualms about walking around with their faces exposed. As more details emerge about Din Djarin's past in The Mandalorian, he may discover that the helmet rule can be dropped without betraying his culture. Now, back to Sorgan!
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