Chapter 20: The Foundling
Released on Disney+ on March 22, 2023
Din Djarin introduces Grogu to Mandalorian combat training. Grogu wins a training match, but his opponent Ragnar Vizsla is captured by a large shriek-hawk. Bo-Katan gathers a hunting party, which includes Djarin and Ragnar’s father Paz Vizsla and leads them to the shriek-hawk’s nest. Vizsla’s over-eagerness to save Ragnar disrupts Bo-Katan’s plan and leads to a difficult aerial rescue in which Bo-Katan and Djarin rescue the boy unharmed, killing the shriek-hawk by causing it to fall into the water below and getting eaten by a dinosaur turtle. The hunting party collects its chicks to be raised, and Bo-Katan earns the clan’s respect. As the Armorer replaces Bo-Katan’s pauldron, lost in the scuffle with the shriek-hawk, Bo-Katan reveals her encounter with the mythosaur, but the Armorer meets her account with indifferent disbelief.
While the rescue is going on, the Armorer forges a new piece of Mandalorian armor for Grogu, a rondel bearing Djarin’s mudhorn sigil. As she works, Grogu has visions of his rescue from the burning Jedi Temple by Jedi Master Kelleran Beq and sympathetic members of the Naboo Armed Forces.
JUDGE: Again. Again!
JUDGE: Submission. Winner.
INSTRUCTOR: Again. One, two, three…
THE MANDALORIAN: Put down the rocks, kid. It’s time that you learn with the other foundlings.
THE MANDALORIAN: Playtime’s over. I’m gonna need you to focus.
THE MANDALORIAN: Next challenger.
BO-KATAN: Are you sure this is a good idea?
THE MANDALORIAN: If he is ever to rise from foundling to apprentice, he must learn. Judge! He challenges.
JUDGE: He is too small.
THE MANDALORIAN: I am his ward. Proceed.
JUDGE: What weapon?
THE MANDALORIAN: Let the challenged decide.
JUDGE: Bring the training darts.
BOY: Why doesn’t he wear a helmet?
THE MANDALORIAN: He is too young to speak the Creed, and so, too young to wear a helmet.
BOY: Then he’s too young to fight.
THE MANDALORIAN: “One does not speak unless one knows.” Is that not the Creed?
BOY: Well, I know.
THE MANDALORIAN: Perhaps this lesson is for you, then.
COVERT MANDALORIAN: The training darts.
JUDGE: Fighters, arm yourselves.
BO-KATAN: Don’t worry. My dad was the same way. He’s just proud of you. You take it easy on him, kid.
JUDGE: Each has three darts. You may fire the darts in any order. Each direct hit scores one point. A mark must be visible to score. One round. Highest score wins.
THE MANDALORIAN: Squeeze your fist to launch the darts.
THE MANDALORIAN: You’ll be fine.
BO-KATAN: He doesn’t know how to fire darts?
THE MANDALORIAN: He’s got this. Trust me.
JUDGE: Ready. Begin!
THE MANDALORIAN: Don’t look at me. Look at him.
JUDGE: Ready. Begin! Point!
THE MANDALORIAN: Grogu, I’ve seen what you can do. It’s okay. Show them.
JUDGE: Ready. Begin!
JUDGE: Three points. Winner!
THE MANDALORIAN: There you go.
BO-KATAN: Did you teach him that?
THE MANDALORIAN: Not me.
PAZ VIZSLA: “One doesn’t speak unless one knows.”
THE MANDALORIAN: Great job, kid.
PAZ VIZSLA: No blasters, it will kill the child. Follow it to its lair.
PAZ VIZSLA: I’m out of fuel. It always gets away.
BO-KATAN: I kept a high altitude and followed it to its lair. I know how to get there. We should muster up a hunting party and go after him.
BO-KATAN: I scouted where it lives and mapped the location. There.
THE MANDALORIAN: It flew a long way.
BO-KATAN: I will go get him.
PAZ VIZSLA: The mountains are too high. If we use jetpacks, the beast will hear.
ARMORER: It would kill the child.
BO-KATAN: These are no higher than the peaks of Kyrimorut. I used to climb them in basic training. I’ll fly to the foothills, scale the rest of the way on foot.
THE MANDALORIAN: I’ll join you.
ARMORER: Paz Vizsla, enjoin the Shriekhawk Training team to accompany you. I will pack extended lariats for your launchers. We must avoid explosives and blasters for the safety of the foundling.
ARMORER: You are too young to join them.
ARMORER: All in good time. Come, Grogu. If you wish to become a Mandalorian, there is much work to attend to.
ARMORER: This is the Forge. It is the heart of Mandalorian culture. Just as we shape the Mandalorian steel, we shape ourselves. … We all begin as raw ore. … We refine ourselves through trials and adversity.
ARMORER: The Forge can reveal weaknesses.
JEDI 1: Get him to Kelleran!
(JEDI 2 GRUNTS)
JEDI 3: The elevator! Get the youngling to Kelleran! Go!
(JEDI 4 GRUNTS)
Everything’s gonna be all right, kid.
CLONE TROOPER: We’ve got one fleeing on sublevel platform 1215. Blast them!
TROOPER 1: Over there! Stop them!
TROOPER 2: Don’t let them escape!
They hit the engine. This is gonna get a little rough.
(TRAIN HORN BLOWING)
Don’t worry. We’re gonna meet up with some friends of mine. But hold on, it’s gonna be a bumpy landing.
GUARD CAPTAIN: Kelleran Beq? They’re right behind me.
What about the others?
There are no others.
TROOPER: Everybody out. Move it. Move it.
Take the ship, it’s fueled and ready to go.
KELLERAN: Come on!
ARMORER: It is a tradition in our culture for each to donate a small portion of what they earn to the foundlings. It is with these scraps of beskar that I forged your next piece of armor.
ARMORER: Mandalorian steel shall keep you safe as you grow stronger. You will grow into this rondel as you grow into your station, foundling Grogu.
BO-KATAN: We’ll continue on foot from here. Any closer, and it will hear the ship.
BO-KATAN: The target is on the top of this peak. If we tuck in under this outcropping, we sleep out of line of sight, and climb at first light.
PAZ VIZSLA: We will make camp.
BO-KATAN: (SOFTLY) How do you eat when other people are around?
THE MANDALORIAN: You don’t. When you get your food, you go off to find a place where you can take off your helmet.
PAZ VIZSLA: You are the leader of the war party. You have the honor of staying by the fire. This is the Way.
BO-KATAN: The raptor’s lair is atop the highest peak. Now, our hope is that the child is still alive so we have to make sure not to fire on the raptor.
PAZ VIZSLA: It will kill the foundling if attacked. It has happened before when it has taken others.
BO-KATAN: Our best bet is stealth. Our jetpacks will alert it to our presence. Let’s move.
BO-KATAN: It’s not here. Let’s find the kid.
I see a heat source there.
(PAZ VIZSLA GRUNTING)
BO-KATAN: Wait until we clear the area.
PAZ VIZSLA: He’s my son. (SHOUTING) Ragnar! Ragnar! Ragnar!
RAGNAR: Help me!
PAZ VIZSLA: He’s alive!
(PAZ VIZSLA GRUNTING)
BO-KATAN: Take my hand!
PAZ VIZSLA: Are you okay?
RAGNAR: I’m okay, Dad.
PAZ VIZSLA: Thank you.
THE MANDALORIAN: This is the Way.
PAZ VIZSLA: This is the Way.
ARMORER: Come, Grogu.
ARMORER: Bo-Katan Kryze, you have honored your House and all of Mand’alor. You have done the highest honor of the Creed. Saving a foundling.
BO-KATAN: This is the Way.
ARMORER: This is the Way.
BO-KATAN: And we have brought you three more foundlings in need of care and training.
ARMORER: Is that so?
ARMORER: You’re in need of a repair. Come with me.
ARMORER: I can replace what’s missing, but not with its modern refinements. Shall I inlay the signet of the Nite Owl?
BO-KATAN: Would it be acceptable to wear one pauldron of the Nite Owl and another with the Mythosaur?
ARMORER: The Mythosaur belongs to all Mandalorians. It is always acceptable to wear.
BO-KATAN: I would like that.
BO-KATAN: What would you say if I told you I saw one?
ARMORER: That you saw what?
BO-KATAN: A Mythosaur.
ARMORER: I would say you’re very lucky. It is a noble vision.
BO-KATAN: No, I… I mean a real one. Beneath the Living Waters on Mand’alor.
ARMORER: When you choose to walk the Way of the Mand’alor, you will see many things.
BO-KATAN: But it was real.
ARMORER: This is the Way.