Chapter 17: The Apostate
Released on Disney+ on March 1, 2023
IG11: Manufacturer’s protocol dictates I cannot be captured.
I must be destroyed.
GREEF KARGA: Nevarro is a very fine planet.
And now that the scum and villainy have been washed away, it’s very respectable again.
You do not cover your face. You are not Mandalorian.
You are a Child of the Watch.
THE MANDALORIAN: There is only one way. The Way of the Mandalore.
ARMORER: Din Djarin, have you ever removed your helmet?
Then, you are a Mandalorian no more.
How can I atone?
According to Creed, one may only be redeemed in the Living Waters beneath the mines of Mandalore.
THE MANDALORIAN: But the mines have all been destroyed.
ARMORER: This is the Way.
ARMORER: I swear on my name and the names of the ancestors…
“I swear on my name and the names of the ancestors…”
That I shall walk the Way of the Mand’alor…
“That I shall walk the Way of the Mand’alor…”
And the words of the Creed shall be forever forged in my heart.
“And the words of the Creed shall be forever forged in my heart.”
ARMORER: This is the Way.
BOY: “This is the Way.”
ALL: This is the Way.
From this moment on, I shall never remove my helmet.
“From this moment on, I shall never…”
MANDALORIANS: Go! Go! Go!
PAZ VISLA: Young ones, to the cave!
MAN: Get back. Get back!
MAN 2: I got you! I got you!
MAN: Take cover!
WOMAN: Cover them!
PAZ VISLA: To the sky!
WOMAN: All hands, go!
(ARMORER PANTING, GRUNTING)
PAZ VISLA: Get down!
You have removed your helmet.
What’s worse, you did so of your own free will.
You are no longer Mandalorian.
(GROGU GURGLES CURIOUSLY)
The Creed teaches us of redemption.
Redemption is no longer possible since the destruction of our homeworld.
THE MANDALORIAN: But what if the mines of Mandalore still exist?
ARMORER: All was destroyed in the Purge.
THE MANDALORIAN: Is this inscription not Mandalorian?
ARMORER: Where did you come upon this?
THE MANDALORIAN: Jawas.
They came upon it by trade from a traveler who claimed to have visited the surface of Mandalore.
Then this relic only proves that Mandalore’s entire surface has been crystalized by fusion rays.
But a traveler was able to retrieve this, so perhaps, it is not poisoned.
If I visit the planet and I can bring you proof that I have bathed in the Living Waters beneath the mines of Mandalore, then by Creed, the decree of exile will be lifted and I would be redeemed.
This is the Way.
Then I will see you again.
FEMALE VOICE: (ON COMMS) Welcome to Nevarro, independent trade anchor and Outer Rim Hyperlane port.
Please state the purpose of your visit.
Here to meet an old friend.
Welcome to the port of Nevarro, gem of the Outer Rim.
Our esteemed High Magistrate welcomes you and hopes that your stay will be a prosperous one.
DROID: We invite you to visit our shops and markets, enjoy local delicacies, marvel at the black lava canyons, or soak in the geothermal springs.
A lot has changed around here.
(CHILDREN SHOUTING PLAYFULLY)
(GROUP PLAYING FOLK MUSIC)
Do you remember your old friend?
GREEF KARGA: Mando!
I heard you were back, but I didn’t believe it.
THE MANDALORIAN: Magistrate Karga.
That’s High Magistrate Karga to you.
Let’s catch up on old times.
It’s so good to see you. Welcome back.
THE MANDALORIAN: Doesn’t even look like the same place.
GREEF KARGA: I know, we’ve done a lot with it.
The citizens have been so instrumental in making this all work, and look at this.
We are an official trade spur of the Hydian Way.
THE MANDALORIAN: Congratulations.
We’ve got a construction boom going on in the city.
The belters are mining the asteroid fields at the edge of the system.
There’s a lot of money to be made on Nevarro.
I can see.
I can set you up with a prime tract right over by the hot springs.
You and the little one, you can settle down, you can hang up your blaster.
Live off the fat of the land.
His name is Grogu.
Oh. If you say so.
Come, I wanna show you something.
Now, as I was saying, there’s a beautiful parcel available right down here by the flats.
I appreciate the offer, but I have some matters to look after.
Oh, I’m confused.
I thought you had completed your mission, but you’re still running around here with the same little critter.
I completed my quest.
He returned to me.
I removed my helmet, and now I’m an apostate.
Which is all the more reason for you to stay here with us.
Where you are from, you may be an apostate, but here, you’d be landed gentry.
Yes, High Magistrate. Apologies.
Your timing couldn’t be any worse.
But it’s just that, there’s someone here to see you.
It can wait.
But it’s pirates!
Pirates in the courtyard.
PIRATE: Get out of my way or I’ll split your circuits.
DROID: Oh, my stars.
Stand aside, droid, don’t you know who we are?
Come on, Vane.
That’ll be enough of that.
Greef Karga, my old friend.
I knew you wouldn’t insult us.
Come, join us for a drink.
Let’s continue this conversation back at my office.
This, this is a school.
Well, that explains why she wouldn’t let me inside.
I forgot, it was your cut of my boss’s treasure that built this saloon.
Pirate King Gorian Shard’s name is familiar to all in this sector.
Come, join me for a drink back at my office.
We’ll toast to your captain.
We drink here.
That is a school now.
I say it’s still a bar.
Now, bring us a drink.
Is there a problem here, Magistrate?
Is there a problem here? What do you think?
Not if you serve me a drink.
Not in my school.
You hear that, boys?
You paid us for murder and mayhem inside these doors.
Sounds like you went soft.
You think so?
(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)
Tell Captain Gorian Shard that Nevarro is no longer friendly to pirates.
Now get outta here.
Get out of here, Vane. Now.
Sure you wanna let him go?
He’ll let it be known that Nevarro is respectable now and not to be trifled with.
Have the service droids scrub up out there.
DROID: Yes, sir, right away.
I gotta level with you, Mando. I need a marshal.
What about Marshal Dune?
After she brought in Moff Gideon, she was recruited by Special Forces.
And what came of Gideon?
Ugh. He was sent off to a New Republic War Tribunal.
(THE MANDALORIAN SCOFFS)
So… What do you say?
You ready to put on the stripes and collect a healthy stipend?
You’d make a very fine lawman.
Why not request one from the New Republic?
The last thing we intend is to bow down to yet another faroff bureaucracy.
No. Under my watch, Nevarro will become the first truly independent trade anchor in this entire sector.
I can’t serve as your marshal.
I have something pressing to attend to.
I didn’t know you were here on business. (CHUCKLES)
What can we provide?
I need him back.
(LAUGHS) IG11 was destroyed on the lava river.
This is just a statue.
These are his parts, are they not?
I mean, what’s left of ’em.
We were lucky to recover any of his parts after he selfdestructed.
I need a droid I can trust to help me explore Mandalore, and he’s that droid.
Mando, we’ve got plenty of droids around here, we’ll find you one.
I guarantee it.
THE MANDALORIAN: Let me give it a shot.
THE MANDALORIAN: There.
He’s hooked up to power.
Let’s see if we can wake him up.
(LAUGHS) There you go.
IG11: (DISTORTED) Subparagraph sixteenteenteen of the Bondsman Guild protocol waiver…
Immediately produce said…
The bounty is mine. Asset to be terminated.
Terminate asset. Terminate asset.
IG11: Terminate asset.
Mando, shoot it! Shoot it!
THE MANDALORIAN: Now that’s using your head.
I think he defaulted to his old programming.
That’s too big a job for you to do by yourself.
Fortunately, Nevarro has attracted the best droidsmiths of the Outer Rim.
They’ll have IG back to his old self in no time.
THE MANDALORIAN: Are you sure they’re up for it?
I don’t think I can handle him with all his limbs if things go scud.
Why don’t you ask ’em for yourself?
What do you want?
No. Can’t fix. No. No, no. The broken.
THE MANDALORIAN: Uh… Okay.
ANZELLAN: The broken. It broke.
I don’t understand. Do you speak Huttese?
Mando, he said he can’t fix it.
That’s no good, I need this one. This one is my friend.
It not friend anymore. Memory circuit broken. (SPITS)
He says the memory circuit is shot.
ANZELLAN: No more.
THE MANDALORIAN: Well, put in a new one.
No, no, no, no.
Don’t make new one. Very hard to find.
ANZELLAN 2: No.
He said they don’t make ’em anymore. They’re very hard to find.
THE MANDALORIAN: I got it.
Buy new droid.
This one poodoo.
He says you should get a new one.
Can you fix it without the memory circuit?
Yes, but IG no think.
What if I find you the part?
Okay, now. Then no problem. We fix.
If you can get a new part, he says he can fix it.
No! No! No! No! No! No, down, down!
THE MANDALORIAN: No, Grogu.
He’s not a pet.
No squeezie. Not squeeze.
Oh, he’s a bad baby.
Sorry about that. He’s young.
Yeah, bad baby. Oh! (SCREAMS)
THE MANDALORIAN: No, Grogu.
MAN: (OVER PA) Thank you for visiting Nevarro, please make sure…
We hope to see you soon.
Keep IG11 safe until I get back with that part.
If the Anzellans can’t find it, I don’t know who can.
Being a Mandalorian’s not just learning about how to fight, you also have to know how to navigate the galaxy, because you never know where you might be headed next.
This here is your hyperspace map.
You determine your range by looking at your fuel gauge.
…is your enemy proximity warning indicator.
Hang on, kid, we got pirates.
VANE: (ON COMMS) Avast, Mandalorian.
You can’t just sneak away after cuttin’ down four of my brothers in cold blood.
We’re Pirate King Gorian Shard’s men, now you’ll answer to him.
Gorian Shard should stick to hijacking and ransoming.
Has anyone got eyes on the Mandalorian?
Bringing the Mandalorian to you, Captain.
THE MANDALORIAN: (SIGHS) Dank farrik.
They have a target lock on us.
Stop where you are, Mandalorian.
I have no quarrel with you, Gorian Shard.
What a kind sentiment from a man who just destroyed four of my fighters.
Surrender your ship and I will spare your life.
THE MANDALORIAN: Kid.
Never trust a pirate.
This is Kalevala.
It’s another planet in the Mandalorian system.
And that is a Mandalorian castle.
(GRAND MUSIC PLAYING)
It is Din Djarin.
I am here to join you.
There’s nothing left to join.
What of your plans to retake Mandalore?
When I returned without the Darksaber, my forces melted away.
Where is the stolen fleet?
Making their way through the galaxy as mercenaries.
Do you still have the saber?
Then you lead them.
Wave that thing around and they’ll do whatever you say.
So you gave up your designs to retake Mandalore?
Your cult gave up on Mandalore long before the Purge.
Where were you then?
The Children of the Watch and all the factions that came before fractured and shattered our people.
There’s nothing left.
I am going to Mandalore
so that I may bathe in the Living Waters and be forgiven for my transgressions.
You are a fool.
There’s nothing magic about the mines of Mandalore.
They supplied beskar ore to our ancestors and the rest is superstition.
That planet has been ravaged, plundered, and poisoned.
You said that the curse was a lie.
Make up your mind.
If you want to go to the mines, be my guest.
They’re beneath the civic center in the city of Sundari.
And I will find out if the planet is really poisoned.
Goodbye, Din Djarin.