Pedro Pascal Explains Why The Mandalorian Takes Off His Helmet For Grogu
The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal explains why Din Djarin chooses to remove his helmet for Grogu despite the repercussions
One of Din's most well-known Mandalorian laws is that he cannot remove his helmet since it is "the way" for him and his tribe to follow the old Mandalorian habit of keeping it on while in the company of other "living beings." Din, on the other hand, has removed it four times since the beginning of the series. The first time he removes it to eat while no one else is there. He is given little option the next two times, one to save his own life in "Chapter 8: Redemption" and the other to save Grogu from Moff Gideon in "Chapter 15: The Believer." The fourth time, however, Din acts totally on his own will when he decides to show his foundling his face before Grogu is sent off to Jedi training with Luke Skywalker. The touching encounter has quickly become one of Star Wars' most heartbreaking scenes.
Pascal has now explained why Din decides to take off his helmet for Grogu. The actor speaks to Vanity Fair on the impact of Din's helmet removals as well as the character's relationship with Grogu, including an early meeting with The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau. Though Pascal is unsure whether the idea was conceived as part of their collaboration or was always Favreau's intention, he does share that he has always stated that he wanted Din to remove his helmet in such a way for Grogu "because he wants the child to see him" and "he wants to experience that kind of intimacy in the relationship." Read the whole of Pascal's quote below:
"Then of course, this beautiful relationship develops with The Child, Grogu. And I remember having a conversation with Jon, and I don’t know if he permitted me to believe that it came from a collaboration, or if it was the plan all along, but I definitely said the best way for him to take off his helmet to show his face would be because he wants the child to see him. And because the child wants to. He wants to experience that kind of intimacy in the relationship."
While this concept is undoubtedly hinted by the way the event plays out, hearing the complete tale behind it heightens the emotional impact of the moment. When Din's helmet falls off, he tries everything he can to hide others from seeing his face. Pascal, on the other hand, reveals that it was Din's intention for Grogu to see him in this case — which, for someone like Din, who hasn't showed his face to anybody since he was a youngster, means more than words could ever express. It was the ideal setting for such a surprise, and it elevates the stakes even higher for Season 3.
This decision to remove his helmet for Grogu will be essential to Din's tale in The Mandalorian season 3, as revealed by a teaser video presented at Star Wars Celebration. Din was banished from his tribe for removing his helmet in The Book of Boba Fett, and while it being Din's personal choice that seemed right at the time, he will now have to face the repercussions of his actions and seek atonement for his misdeeds on Mandalore. Katee Sackhoff will return as Bo-Katan Kryze, and she will most likely be another thorn in Din's side as he tries to figure out what it means to be a Mandalorian and whether or not removing his helmet for his foundling was the correct decision.
Source: Vanity Fair